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Israel official reveals plan to change Golan Heights’ demographic balance

MEMO | March 28, 2019

An Israeli official revealed a plan to triple the number of Jewish settlers in the Golan Heights in the coming years in order to create a Jewish majority in the occupied Syrian territory.

The Mayor of Katzrin settlement in the occupied Golan, Dmitry Apartzev, said the plateau’s total population will increase to 150,000 people which means the number of Jews will reach 100,000 people while the number of Druze will be 50,000.

Apartzev expected the population of Katzrin settlement alone to increase from 8,500 to 50,000.

According to the Israeli official, the recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan will open new horizons for foreign investment in the area, hoping that the recognition would also contribute to counter the international boycott campaigns urging investors not to invest in the occupied territories.

Apartzev claimed that the Golan economy is growing despite the campaigns.

Today, some 40,000 people live in the occupied Golan, 50 per cent of them are Arab Druze who consider themselves Syrian citizens.

On Monday, US President Donald Trump signed an executive resolution recognising Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, internationally recognised as Syrian territory occupied in 1967.

March 28, 2019 - Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Illegal Occupation, War Crimes | , , ,


  1. Trump’s declaration of recognition of the Golan Heights as Israeli territory goes against International Law, so he has really set off a ticking time bomb for someone else to fight over in the future.
    If the USA can disregard International Law, then anyone else can, using Trumps rationale. This will NOT end well for anyone.
    It will be a mess for someone else to clean up…….If only the USA had an AMERICAN President, this wouldn’t have happened.


    Comment by Brian Harry | March 28, 2019 | Reply

  2. Wishful thinking, they don’t want to live in the wilds of the Golan, they all want to live in Tel Aviv. In fact, one really big missile strike on the Tel Aviv area would be a useful way of tipping the demographic balance in the Palestinians’ favour. It’s tipping in their favour anyway, but that would shorten the waiting time.


    Comment by traducteur | March 28, 2019 | Reply

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