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© Michel González Brun
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UploadedJune 12, 2008
TakenJuly 20, 2007
ModelCanon EOS 350D DIGITAL
Exposure1/25 sec at f/4.5
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length33 mm
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Hospital in the city of al Qunaytirah in the Golan Heights after it was used for target practise by Zionist troops.

A short history briefing about this image:

On 10 June 1967, the last day of the Six-Day War, al Qunaytirah came under Israeli control. It was briefly recaptured by Syria during the 1973 Yom Kippur War, but Israel regained control in its subsequent counter-offensive. The city was almost completely destroyed before the Israeli withdrawal in June 1974. It now lies in the demilitarized United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) Zone between Syria and Israel, a short distance from the de facto border between the two countries. Israel was heavily criticized by the United Nations for the city's destruction.

On 14 December 1981 Israel passed the Golan Heights Law, extending its laws and jurisdiction to the territory and according Israeli permanent residence status to the local population. Though this action is legally deemed to be "annexation", Israel has expressly avoided using the term to describe this action. The UN Security Council promptly on 17 December 1981 rejected this action with non-binding Resolution 497.

United Nations Security Council Resolution 497 (December 17, 1981), calls on the State of Israel to rescind its de facto annexation of the Golan Heights. The most important provision is "the Israeli decision to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights is null and void and without international legal effect" (section 1).

This in essence means that the region known as the Golan Heights is illegally occupied in the eyes of the UN by Israel.

(Research for this piece mainly comes from free Encyclopedia.)

In the Welcome to the Axis of Evil photo essay.

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16 responses

  • gerry cyr

    gerry cyr gave props (12 Jun 2008):

    grisly subject, but wonderful image

  • Meow Zen Desire

    Meow Zen Desire gave props (6 Aug 2008):

    Wow, haunting. textures are fantastic. ( and scary)

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (10 Aug 2008):

    This is incredible. You have my vote

  • Denman

    Denman (Deleted) said (13 Aug 2008):

    This is not onlt totally perfect for the theme and a really important story to document and cover - it is also a great shot, framing, lighting, colours all work in harmony to tell a horrific past of the Zionist movement

  • Natalia Delgado

    Natalia Delgado gave props (27 Aug 2008):

    Great. I love this take on the theme.

  • J. Harris Blacklist

    J. Harris Blacklist gave props (29 Aug 2008):

    Incredible image... my vote!

  • mary flatley

    mary flatley said (5 Sep 2008):

    thank you for the very, not-literal interpretation of the theme. your use of color in you photographs is beautiful.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker gave props (15 Sep 2008):

    wow! wonderful!

  • Ron LaFond

    Ron LaFond gave props (15 Sep 2008):

    Just wow! R

  • maloos khansarian

    maloos khansarian said (19 Sep 2008):

    just thank y

  • Liz Van Den Berg

    Liz Van Den Berg gave props (24 Sep 2008):

    voted! good story too,thanks

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (26 Sep 2008):

    My vote...again

  • Christine McLoughlin

    Christine McLoughlin said (28 Sep 2008):

    just, great!

  • Joy B

    Joy B gave props (2 Nov 2008):

    The texture of this photo is great!

  • Jay El

    Jay El said (7 Dec 2008):

    What a shame. Great grizzly p
    document, Michel

  • eric cahan

    eric cahan (Deleted) gave props (24 Feb 2009):

    very well done. interesting photo

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