Syrian captives in Israeli jails are more determined to continue resisting the occupation

The struggle of the people in the occupied Syrian Golan will continue against the Israeli occupation even from behind the bars of the occupation jails until every inch of the sacred soil of Golan is liberated, Sidqi al-Maqt, Dean of the Syrian prisoners, who has recently been liberated following more than 30 years in Israeli jails, has stressed marking the Syrian Captive Day which is observed on April 21st.

The Syrian Captive Day comes this year as the people in Golan are facing both the Israeli occupation and the deadly coronavirus epidemic with strong steadfastness and more determination to continue resisting and struggling against the inhuman and aggressive practices of the Israeli occupation.

Al-Maqt reiterated that the captives' movement in Golan has been the result of tens of years of constant struggle against occupation by Syrian and Palestinian prisoners through confronting the prisons' administration, launching the battle of the empty stomach and foiling the occupation's schemes against the captives who are now experiencing difficult circumstances amid the spread of coronavirus.

 Asem al-Wali, another Syrian captive, who was liberated after 25 years in jail hailed the role of the Syrian leadership in supporting the captives' cause, referring to the recent honorable liberation of Sidqi al-Maqt.

On his part, the liberated Golanese prisoner Bishr al-Maqt, who spent 25 years in Israeli jails, said that several Syrian captives were martyred at jail due to deliberate medical negligence by the occupation authorities, including Hael Hussein Abu Zeid, Seitan Nimr al-Wali and As'ad al-Wali who spent more than 20 years in the occupation jails.

Liberated prisoner Ata Farhat, a Syrian journalist who spent 4 years in the Israeli jails, said that the suffering of the captives doesn't stop with the end of captivity because this suffering continues after liberation in the form of harassment in the work field and in every aspect of daily life.

He added that more than 2000 Syrian citizens have experienced the brutality of the Israeli authorities at the occupation jails, but this pressure couldn't weaken their firm determination to struggle to liberate their land.

Hamda Mustafa