Workers throughout the Israeli-occupied Syrian Golan Heights went on strike on Tuesday in protest of plans to build wind turbines on agricultural lands.
Dozens of farmers and public sector workers gathered in the village of Majdal Shams, holding signs and waving Syrian flags.
“We are protesting the inhumane act of building windmills on our lands,” said Qasem Al-Safadi. “We are the owners of this land and no one has the right to intervene in our interior matters.”
Some 10 wind turbines built in 1992 already dot Mount Bnei Rasan, a hill near the ceasefire zone between occupied Golan and government controlled Syria. A new plan approved by Israel’s National Infrastructure Committee includes new wind farm projects with the goal of producing 17 per cent of the country’s energy from renewable sources by 2030.