Druse community of the Golan Heights.
(photo credit: MEREDITH HOLBROOK)
On May 6, 2013 the Druse community of the Golan Heights celebrated Syria’s Memorial Day in the town of Buq’ata, located beside Masada and the border of the 1974 cease-fire line separating Israel and Syria.
The memorial was noticeable from far away, with banners, posters and signs of the Syrian flag and the face of Syria’s infamous leader, Bashar Assad, who has been in power since 2000. The non-violent celebration consisted of about 200 Golan Druse residents from Buq’ata and from surrounding villages.
The youths of the village watched, overflowing from the patio of a restaurant, while the sheiks of the region stayed standing, congregated by the roundabout and monument in the center of the town. The leaders took turns speaking strongly to the community about one day being reunited with Syria, under Assad’s regime.Photos by Meredith Holbrook