Golan Druze rejoice in across barbed wire
They call the whites of Ayn al Tineh, The valley below the Druze small town of Majdal Shams, the exact "slope of Shouts, Others think of it as the "The Hill of tears,
it turned out here, After the Israeli practise of the Syrian Golan Heights in 1967, That families divided on each side of the border used to make see each other through binoculars and shout messages.
and on 17 April, It is the scene of what must be one of earth's strangest open air festivals, As the Syrian Druze enjoy their uprising against French rule in 1920s, in order to as Yawm al Jala, manufactured of Expulsion.
those of Majdal Shams and other Israeli occupied spanish dating sites Druze towns gather on their side of the ceasefire line, And about 300m away across razor wire and the heavily mined Ayn al Tineh valley sit their cousins in Syria.
The two sides put on musical technology entertainments, Sing and fly, And wave Syrian flags which flutter in the mountain breeze the actual lush green landscape.
Life is made easier with modern communications email and mobile phones which mean a few pre arrangement is possible.
"She promised that she would come today, But when we were talking the line was disrupted. we Minas is that dating in spanish girl in the orange top who is waving now, Salwa informs me.
what is the sisters had not arranged, But sega's extremely fitting and caused much laughter, Was that they were wearing respectively black, white and red sweatshirts the colours of the Syrian flag and would have stood out clearly to those on the Syrian side.
you do have a strong patriotic feeling for Syria among the 2,000 harsh Majdal Shams crowd, But for most of them it is impossible to reach what they say is the homeland.
Only college students and "Mashayikh" Men of the Druze religious beliefs, An offshoot of Islam are allowed to cross via the UN administered crossing at Quneitra.
Family head to head reunions must take place in a third country, the nike jordan, As especially those with Israeli travel documents cannot enter Syria, And Syrians are not allowed by their government to feed Israel to reach the occupied Golan.
The Jordan option has only been open as it signed a peace treaty with Israel.
"I have zero misgivings about coming here. an effective way this place, And to see our people making contact around border, It shows that we cannot be separated by walls and governments, he admits that.
The mine which maimed Salih when he was 12 years must have been left over from the 1967 hostilities, But unexploded munitions continue to a hazard.
The festival area has been absolutely cleared, But about 200m behind us this hill above is an Israeli watchtower, Whose defences can comprise landmines, And there are reports of these getting dislodged when a bitter winter snows thaw, And being swept into people's gardens.
The highlight of the day is when singer Samih Shuqair takes concise on the Syrian side and breaks into local favourite Ya Golan, Llly ma Tahuna Alaina.
"we want to be sing and clap along, But then we can't hear the background music properly, Says a beaming youth beside me.
After around three hours the two sides disperse some north towards Damascus by bus and the rest to their homes in Majdal Shams by foot and the Vale of Tears and Shouts falls silent again after a beautiful spring afternoon of music and laughter.
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