Pro-Syria summer camp starts in Golan

Tents draped with Syrian flags; "Syria will remain free," chant Druse kids.

Syrian camp 298.88 (photo credit: Channel 2)
Syrian camp 298.88
(photo credit: Channel 2)
A pro-Syria summer camp for Druse children has started on the Israeli side of the Golan Heights, it was reported on Thursday. Syrian flags could be seen in the footage, aired by Channel Two, and children were heard proudly singing the Syrian national anthem. The kids were seen split into small groups where they expressed their dedication to what they called their "homeland." "Syria will remain free," they chanted. The children spoke of how they aspired to return to Syria and visit their families. They said their "souls" were connected to Syria. Head of the Druse community in the Golan, Fazi Abu Jabal, said that that the children considered Syria as their country. "It is close to the children's hearts," he said. In the camp, each tent is named after a different Syrian village captured by Israel. There were also sections of the summer camp shown draped with Palestinian and Lebanese flags, dedicated to Druse who identified with the two respective causes. "We want to free Arab Palestine," children were heard chanting. Channel Two reported that the camp's organizers were attempting to raise money to set up similar camps in other Druse areas of the Golan.