Hamas Slams ‘Israeli’ Settlement Plan In Syrian Golan as ‘New Form of Aggression against Arabs’
By Staff, Agencies
Palestinian resistance movement Hamas blasted the Zionist entity’s latest settlement plans in the occupied Golan Heights as a new form of aggression against Arab people.
Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem said on Tuesday that the ‘Israeli’ regime’s approval of settlement projects to double the number of settlers in the occupied Syrian Golan is a “new aggression against Arab land and rights, and an extension of its aggression” against Palestine and Palestinians.
“These settlement projects expose once again the arrogant behavior of the occupation and its expansionist policy in the region, disregarding all international laws and resolutions,” Qassem noted.
The spokesman further underlined that the "settlement plan … will not succeed in changing the historical facts, nor the identity of the Arab land, and the rights of the Palestinian nation are the fixed constant, whereas [the existence of] the Zionist settlers, who are foreign to the Arab land, will end."
Qassem said the ‘Israeli’ aggression against the Palestinian and Arab land "requires an escalation by the masses of our Arab and Islamic nation and all its forces to resist this Zionist project and to put an end to its arrogance in the region."
The Tel Aviv regime approved a plan on Sunday to double the number of Zionist settlers in the occupied Golan Heights, four decades after the occupying regime annexed the territory captured from Syria.
The occupation regime’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said two new neighborhoods are to be built in the settlement of Katzrin plus two new settlements, named Asif and Matar, adding that the plan aimed to build a total of 7,300 settler units in the region over a five-year period.
The plan will bring roughly 23,000 new Zionist settlers to the occupied region.
Syria itself condemned the ‘Israeli’ plan on Monday, describing it as a “dangerous and unprecedented escalation.”
In 1967, the Tel Aviv regime waged a full-scale war against Arab territories, during which it occupied a large swathe of Golan and annexed it four years later, a move never recognized by the international community.
In 1973, another war broke out and a year later, a UN-brokered ceasefire came into force, according to which Tel Aviv and Damascus agreed to separate their troops and create a buffer zone in the Heights.
The ‘Israeli’ entity has over the past decades built dozens of settlements in the Golan Heights in defiance of international calls for the regime to stop its illegal construction activities.
Syria has repeatedly reaffirmed its sovereignty over the Golan Heights, saying the territory must be completely restored to its control, while the United Nations, for its part, has time and again emphasized Syria's sovereignty over the territory.