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Big Foolishness

The Israeli occupation  commits big foolishness  when it tries to hide the real  picture of what is going on in our beloved Golan. No one can deny that Israel used to portray our people in the Occupied Golan Heights as if they lost hope in returning it  to their motherland . The occupation, as usual,  employs  ridiculous means to realize that by  imposing a black out on what is going on in the Golan .

Our people in Golan always  reject  every decision issued by the Israeli Knesset such as  the decision of annexing the Syrian Golan Heights  to Israel. This decision, born dead, is still considered  by the international community as  'null' and 'void'.

On the other hand there is the decision  of imposing the Israeli identity on the Golan people ; this decision sparked a revolution of anger in the hearts of our people in  Golan, who,  men , women and children, have chanted with one voice that there is no substitution to the Syrian Arab Identity .

This shows the depth of the historical roots that bind the people of the Golan Heights to the soil of their homeland Syria. These roots are getting more established and stable whenever the Israeli occupier escalated its  campaigns  of violence and aggression against our people in Golan.

Firas Taleb

Translated & Edited

M. Wassouf

Alqusayba

Alqusayba  is  one of the  beautiful villages  in the occupied  Golan Heights , it  is located in a volcanic land  at the south-east of  Witinan  valley and North  of  Ablag valley .The number of residents of Alqusayba village  was about  556 in 1967 ,  and it became  about 4599 people in 2002.

The most famous families that inhabited  in Alqusayba : (Alkapairah, Adakkashrah, Albaraglah, Shihan, Al-Tellaweyah ) and others. Besides, the village had  a mosque , an elementary school and a watermill . Alqusayba also is penetrated by  a  road coming from the town of Alkhashniyah. The  two main springs  for drinking water flow from a hill which is  full of olive trees and these springs  are the  source of drinking water for the residents of the village.

There are also  many seasonal  springs which were  welled  in winter and continued  until spring,  including: (Nes al-Dunia spring, Tbaishe spring  and Qattin spring). The borders of  Alqusayba , to the north: Zabiah, al-Soloqiyya and al- Qasreen,  to the South : al-Ya'arubiah, Elamoudiyah, al- Tayebah and al- Musherfah, and to the  east: al- Beerah and Asbetta,  and to the  west: Asaleya , Majame'e and Tar al- Gazal.

The villagers in Alqusayba are mainly depending on  agriculture. Various kinds of  the fruits and vegetables are grown in Alqusyaba  plains of (northern al- Mouh , southern al-mouh,  Jouret al- Deeb and   the Mouh of Mzaao).Of the most important crops: wheat, rice and various kinds of vegetables.

 

Alqusayba is the village which symbolizes the strong  cling to the land  and defending it. And this  village forms a  symbol which emphasizes the fact of the inevitable return  of our beloved  Golan to Syria and liberation from the Israeli occupation.

 

Firas Taleb

Edited & Translated: M. Wassouf

Golan Costumes: Fragrance of the past and charm of the present

Once you see the joyful Frilly colors of Golan clothes, you will immediately visualize those gifted Golan  fingers uniquely turning  every joyful color in nature to a robe fluttering charm and glamor, speaking of  those skillful hands that well know how to turn a raw textile from an inert voiceless tissue to an uttering  fabric of warmth and tenderness, blooming a unique Golan rainbow we can trace back from everything in this virtuous hill .

At summer, Golan sons  raise their heads to contemplate fine azure heavens, though this bluish sky allow clouds to visit them from time to time , reflecting blue clarity in every thread  bending on Golan canvas, which are familiar with the Golan flesh they will wrap, inspiring him to embrace the homeland soil  declaring his eagerness to offer up to the last drop of blood in defense of the dignity and pride this saint soil.

That is the nature of a Golan son virtuous to his family and homeland, opening his eyes on motherland love and unlimited keenness to make every sacrifice for that land.

Golan peerless gifted hands look at winter snow tenderly hugging trees heights, seizing its bright whiteness to make bridal veils. Those blanched brides and mothers to be, will teach their coming children lessons of  unconditional faith in the Golan return to Syria’s bosom.

From field-butterflies flutter those colors frilly tender , spilling on Golan dresses predicting moments of great joy and promising  upcoming deliverance from Israeli occupation.

Hence, on the Golan land whether liberated or occupied, environs played a role in the diversity of folk costume , a diversity you notice in wears diversity depending on surrounds diversity. Therefore, you will find those differences more obvious between mountainous and rustic costumes, or Bedouin and Circassian ones.

Noticeably,  there are some dress customs associated with special traditions, for example taking off the assaulted tribesmen “Egal” (headband), as well as right or revenge seekers. On that basis, Golan sons who are accustomed to wear Egal, abandon that custom if they are seeking revenge. One popular saying  “we forbid ourselves to wear the Egal if we do not take revenge and repay disgrace”. Taking off the Egal without keffiyeh (man headdress) is a symbol indicating  that the doer is looking for his revenge.

To summarize, popular dress and fashion traditions in Golan, are a historical source honestly conveying old agrarian society characteristics. As well as its similarity with current dresses  that developed with migration fashion and the people who inhabited the Golan throughout different historical periods. However, sources talking of fashion in Syria does not exceed 233 BC, towards the end of ancient Egyptian civilization where common tribes were prevailing in southern Syria sustaining a nomadic life. At that period,  were found on Pharaohs graves images a rectangular dress closed from the front having two slots from above with a length of no more than to the knees.  After 500 years, this  dress became similar to a “djellaba” (a long straight dress)  regarding its length in Golan, as well as “al-Hataah” (headdress) or the Egal for some tribes. The continuity of this outfit until now for Golan people with the difference that current dress is not striped  but one color ( black, blue, or gray). As it is the case for Circassians in the Golan, the dress worn by rural women trace its roots back to the second millennium BC.

Golan Fashion is the fragrance of past and genuineness of the present , which will be more cheerful with the restoration of this precious part of  our beloved homeland.

                                                                 

 Firas Taleb

Translated & Edited by: Lama Al-Hassanieh

The Golan Epic

Earth wrote a poem of wrath in Golan, a tirade encompassing all Golanians, devoid of exception, to be an epic of all ages. A flowery sonnet resolute to blossom, receiving Israeli treacherous shells with bare bosom. 

Each passing day  contemplates every single verse of that poem,  envisaging those tough fingers that have written it. Those hands that have  gained strength and courage, vigor and glory from, that pure soil of Golan.

Children sitting on their school desk, believe that Golan soil speaks only Arabic, language of past , present and future. He took out of his bag his angry pens, and take part in the lettering of that poem.

Farmers telling the sun when to wake up, inviting it to  his field from early dawn to show how land attachment is to be; had also inscribed this magnificent saga in his land.

Mothers teaching their youngsters  lessons of land grasp and constant readiness to offer every dear and precious for safeguarding that homeland; had the honor of weaving this poem pullover.

History was on a date with that epical saga, underlined by the sons of the occupied Golan on the 14th  of February 1982, remaining until today a lighthouse glowing the way for those who are determined to regain the beloved Golan.

History will record that day, when folks of all Golan villages stood  as one man refusing the decision to impose Israeli law on them; adhering to their land and Syrian Arab identity, emphasizing their earnest homeland attachment, not loosening their hearts before occupation policy, that could not force them to leave their land or conform to its laws and orders.

As for our kinfolk brave heroes, they have faced barbaric Israel, remained tightly united with their homeland, defying fear, detention , and torture. They had fought honorably, when occupying forces attempted to prevent them from sharing their compatriots the celebrations commemorating  the Syrian flag raise in

al-Quneitra, by President Hafez Al-Assad in 1974. The more pressure the enemy exercise, the more they adhere to land and identity. 

In 1981,  the Liberal advocates  in occupied Golan villages, responded to Israeli occupation attempts  of imposing  its laws on the Golan citizens. They issued the  National Testament document, written by the occupied Golan men’s blood, which became the struggle Constitution culminating in the Intifada of the 14th of February 1982, in which our kinfolks have engraved the finest sagas and the most imperative tournaments , refusing the Israeli laws enforcement on the occupied Golan and the Israeli identity imposition by force on Golan People .

This Golan anger epic will continue, till  this beloved part comes back to its caring mother bosom Syria, land of dignity and pride.

    

Firas Taleb

Translated & Edited by: Lama Al-Hassanieh                                      

Quneitra Church

The Greek Orthodox Church is considered as  one of the most important archaeological sites in al-Quneitra , it  has  historical and religious significance  in the Golan Heights. 

The  Church is located on the eastern side of the city of Quneitra at the first eastern  entrance to the city near the  bank  to the east of the Quneitra's  famous  tower. 

The  Church's  walls were decorated with marble  and candlesticks which were  imported  from Europe. This increased its beauty and greatness,  before  the  Israeli aggression in 1967 turned it into rubbles .

The church  which has  a square form, is  built of  solid  black basalt stone  .The building  as a whole  composed of two layers, on the roof of the church there are two minarets with about   6 meters height. In addition to the circular dome of the church, which is beautifully located beside  the  two  minarets  . This dome contains a large  number of  windows  that allow sunlight to enter the heart of the Church for light  and ventilation.

The church is surrounded by  a wall of basalt  in addition to a small garden at the western entrance of the church.

Anyone can enter  the  church from  the western side which  contains a hall of baptism , worship, prayers and masses.

According to the eastern side of the church, there are two doors and  staircase of cement  which enable people to ascend to the second floor and to  the roof of the church.

After the Israeli occupation of  al-Quneitra,  most parts of  the "Greek Orthodox Church"  have  been exposed to destruction   especially the southern side and the  stairs and  the wall  that surrounds it.

The Church was visited by His Holiness Pope  John  Pual II  in the year 2001 during his historic visit to Syria, where he delivered a speech and planted an  olive  tree  praying  that peace would prevail on this earth.

 

M.Wassouf