Ghajar, Occupied Golan; June 2005. Photo by: Shabtai Gold.
The village Ghajar has remained under Israeli military occupation since its capture from Syria during the 1967 Middle East War. Since the Israelis withdrew from Souther Lebanon (which they occupied until 2000) the village is now split in two: half in Lebanon and half under Israeli control- as per a UN decision. The people of Ghajar are Alawites- a minority religious sect, Muslim in many ways, originating in Syria.