The U.N. Security Council announced on Tuesday morning that Israel’s claim to the occupied Golan Heights is both “null and void”.
Recently, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, made a controversial visit to the occupied Golan Heights, where he boasted that this historical region of Syria was going to remain with Israel forever.
This statement sparked outrage among the Arab world as Israel has illegally occupied this fertile region since October 1973.
The international community has repeatedly demanded that Israel completely withdraw from the Golan Heights after U.N. Resolution 497 was passed in December 1981.
It is important to note that the residents of the occupied Golan Heights – mostly Druze -have refused Israeli citizenship and service in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF); these people identify as Syrian.