Tony Greenstein | 25 June 2015 | Post Views:

Military Ambulance that was attacked

Israeli papers are calling it a ‘lynching’.  Another word might be justice.  Those who slaughter civilians aren’t entitled to the benefits of Geneva Convention protection – be they al-Nusra or ISIS.

UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) troops move through Israel’s Golan Heights before crossing into Syria, August 31.. (photo credit:REUTERS/BAZ RATNER)

Despite the continuing pretence that Israel is only providing humanitarian
assistance to Syrians, regardless of political affiliation, the truth is now
widely known.  Israel has a de facto agreement with the Al Qaeda Al
Nusra Front along the Syrian border.

Military Ambulance

This was highlighted a few days ago in a rather spectacular fashion when
Syrian Druze from the village of Majdal Shams, who live in the Occupied Golan
Heights, attacked an Israeli ambulance conveying 2 Al Nusra fighters to
hospital, killing one and severely injuring another.  The reason for this was a recent massacre in
North-West Syria near Idlib.

Meeting between al-Nusra and Israeli army earlier this year

Twenty-thousand Druze live in the Golan Heights as well as 110,000 in Israel.  Earlier in the year a Druze Sedki al-Maket,
who photographed a meeting between Al Nusra and the Israeli security services,
was arrested by Israel, which promptly instituted a gag order preventing news about
it being published.

The feeble Israeli explanation beggars belief.  Does Israel provide ‘humanitarian medical
assistance’ to fighters from Hamas or Hezbollah?  Does it return them to Gaza and Lebanon
afterwards?  No, what it does do is hold
up pregnant Palestinian women at checkpoints until they or their child dies.

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Total of 12 people detained for suspected involvement in ambulance attack that left one Syrian dead and another hurt

Israeli police said Thursday they arrested three more suspects in attacks by
members of the Druze minority on military ambulances transporting wounded
Syrians to the hospital.

In one of two incidents Monday, one Syrian was beaten
to death and a second was hurt in an unprecedented outbreak of violence by
Druze on the Golan Heights that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a
 Two soldiers were also injured in the incident while trying to protect the
wounded Syrians. Both soldiers were also members of the Druze community,
according to a report in Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth Thursday.
Syria’s Druze are traditional allies of President
Bashar aAssad, and have become caught up in the fighting.
“During the night, police and border guards in the
north arrested three more suspects from the Druze community suspected of
involvement in the events,”
police spokeswoman Luba Samri said in a statement.
She said a gag order had been imposed on all other
details of the investigation.
Police said they carried out a “wave of arrests”
Wednesday, with media saying nine people had been detained.
Monday’s deadly incident took place hours after Druze
in the neighboring Galilee region of Israel blocked and stoned a military
ambulance they suspected was taking Syrian rebels to the hospital.
Both incidents demonstrate the anger felt by Druze
towards the rebels and towards the Israelis, whom they suspect of providing
medical help to the fighters.
Israel does not rule out the possibility that some of
those given medical care are rebels.
Syria has said the two men in the ambulance were
members of Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front. Israel says they were civilians.
The Druze are a secretive offshoot of Shiite Islam.
Officials say there are 110,000 of them in northern Israel and another 20,000
on the Golan Heights.

New UN report reveals collaboration between Israel and Syrian rebels

YORK – The Syrian ambassador to the UN has long complained of a Zionist
conspiracy working with the Syrian rebels to overthrow President Bashar Assad.

Now, a report from the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) reveals that
Israel has been working closely with Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights and
have kept close contact over the past 18 months. The report was submitted to
the UN Security Council at the beginning of the month.

The documents show that Israel has been doing more than simply treating wounded
Syrian civilians in hospitals. This and a few past reports have described
transfer of unspecified supplies from Israel to the Syrian rebels, and
sightings of IDF soldiers meeting with the Syrian opposition east of the green
zone, as well as incidents when Israeli soldiers opened up the fence to allow
Syrians through who did not appear to be injured.

At one point, a small tent city was erected around 300 meters away from the
Israeli sector for about 70 families of Syrian deserters, the report said.

The Syrian army then sent a letter of complaint to UNDOF, warning them to
evacuate the camp or it would be considered a target, and claiming that
terrorists were using the camp to cross into Israel.

Israel’s health ministry says around 1,000 Syrians have received treatment in
Golan hospitals, but maintains that only civilians are treated. The UNDOF
report, on the other hand, says they have seen Israelis treating civilians as
well as insurgents, including members of al-Qaida and Islamic State.

The report said UNDOF “observed at least 10 wounded persons being transferred
by armed members of the opposition from the Bravo side across the cease-fire

UNDOF has monitored the Golan Heights buffer zone between Israel and Syria
since 1974. Six countries contributed to the 1,200-strong brigade.

UNDOF peacekeepers have been the target of kidnappings and attacks carried out
by al-Qaida on the Syrian side since September, causing hundreds of troops to
withdraw to across Israeli border.

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