Worried Lebanese

thought crumbs on lebanese and middle eastern politics

Israel to withdraw from northern Ghajar

Posted by worriedlebanese on 05/12/2006

During the past few days, Israelis officials have many times announced their decision to withdraw their army to the blue line in the region of Ghajar. This village is situated on Syrian territory occupied by Israel since 1967 and inhabited by Syrian Druses who now hold Israeli citizenship. Following the Israeli occupation of Lebanon in 1978, the village of Ghajar expanded northwards into Lebanon. After the Israeli withdrawal from southern Lebanon in 2000, the village was split into two when the UN traced the blue line separating Lebanon and Israel right through it.
International and local reports on Ghajar have been insisting on the territorial and security aspect of the question. Few have mentioned the demographic and social aspect. An excellent report was written about it in the Haaretz a month ago. It would be great to have a Lebanese report on it. I’m interested in the legal aspect. Most of the inhabitants of Ghajar seem to hold an Israeli citizenship. They have built their houses with Israeli permits. Can they reside in Lebanon? Who is in charge of the security in the neighbourhood once it is evacuated by the Israeli army? I wonder how things were managed before the reoccupation this summer. I hope that I can convince a journalist friend of mine to go with me to the village and write a report on it.

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