Donald Trump on Saturday angered thousands of Syrian Druze claiming recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights. The US president wrote on Twitter that it “time for the United States to fully recognize the sovereignty of Israel on the Golan Heights”, occupied in 1967 during the six-day war and annexed by Israel in 1981.
A majority of Druze (branch of Shiism) see themselves as Syrians and refuse to acquire Israeli nationality. On Saturday, they gathered in the town of Majdal Shams, near the UN buffer zone separating the occupied and unoccupied part of the Syrian Golan to denounce Trump’s remarks.
After the Six Day War, Israel expelled tens of thousands of Syrians from the Golan Heights. Thousands of Syrians still live there alongside the Israeli occupiers, but the annexation of this territory has never been recognized by the international community.