Quinetra, Golan Heights
2 Sep 2010
This year I re-visited Al Quinetra in the Golan Heights of Syria. Strangely enough it was exactly the same as when I visited it 3 years ago. Nothing had changed, not a brick.
Since Israel returned the city to Syria in 1974 the original home owners still return every weekend to sit next to their flattened houses, to eat and "relax" in a dead city that was systematically destroyed over 30 years ago. New generations grow up with this as their weekend trip in order to remember what happened and stare at their land which they still cannot reach, to stare at the land where the Israeli flag waves but yet is illegally being occupied.
It's a sad sight to see, should they be bringing up children in such a place? Should they forget about their land or should they wait for the return? There are no clear answers, but there are definitely people suffering, the people of Golan.