War Tourism in the Golan Heights: The War Next Door (Part 3)

give them today when all the bombings got going over there yeah people working the fields we’re traveling over here the restaurant now is full these people that come to dine into the Golan Heights and maybe also take a look at the word that’s going next to us right now we’re just about 300 yards from the new border fence that Israel has built since the start of the civil war in Syria Jabbar al nusra al Qaeda affiliate there just on the other side of that fence now controlling a lot of this territory on your border how does that make you feel here in the news about Isis they’ve been ok things that if we don’t have Isis here this is one of the top tourist destinations in the israeli-controlled Golan Heights appear on a clear day like today there’s a great view of volcanic Hills sprawling vineyards and Syria’s Civil War so take this city with you this surreal moment being yourself of this volcanic mountain there’s a job at the new Safari together with I wonder did you miles away from here the guide is a bit confused Isis for now is nowhere near here but that is artillery and mortar fire from the al-qaeda-affiliated al-nusra front and the Syrian military locked in a battle for control of the road to Damascus as tourists watch the action here so does a team of United Nations observers for at least what’s left of it UN peacekeepers have been monitoring this disputed border since 1974 the end of Israel’s last war with Syria but this past August al-nusra took 45 Fijian peacekeepers prisoner when it took control of the border crossing the soldiers were at least two weeks later but it was enough to spook the force into abandoning its post in Syria now they watch the war from the same place as the rest of us we made several formal attempts to interview the commander of the observer force but his spokesman told us it wasn’t a good time to talk so when we spotted these Fijian UN observers we tried to talk to them hi are you from the UN from the observer mission so we cannot see anything we’re not allowed to say anything oh really nothing at all okay now could I kill it are you observing now is that what you’re doing just like you don’t look like tourists UN guys aren’t too talkative they must be pretty embarrassed that they don’t have the checkpoint anymore scared them all away I mean if they’re scared of me there’s no wonder that they’re not at their checkpoint down there anymore not far from the lookout is kibbutz murim golan home to about a hundred families who work as farmers and in tourism this popular restaurant is run by the kibbutz and it’s where many UN observers and tourists grab a stake in a glass of local wine after watching Syria’s Civil War ariga Lansky manages the restaurant and he says life hasn’t really changed since the Al nusra front sees the nearby border crossing listen you’re in a war zone in the Helmand okay you took us on a horseback ride to show us how life goes on we go up the mountain so have the view of the other side of the mountain give you up this cop this car literally has a mind of its own like even today when all the bombings got going over there yeah people working the fields we’re traveling over here and the restaurant now is full with people that come in to dine in toward the Golan Heights and enjoying the weather and maybe also take a look at the word that’s going next to us it’s a weird juxtaposition being over here so close to it and you know pretending that you’re just on a nature trail you know Santos can because of that you get like people that want to see that you don’t have a lot of spots where you can be like observers from the side to drink coffee to sit by and see like a war zone that was another big one the sounds today are far in the distance but increasingly the war is spilling into Israeli territory the Israeli military says it shot down a Syrian aircraft the military says the plane infiltrated Israeli airspace over the Golan Heights it’s unclear what may have happened to the pilot this happened in late spring the official story was that the Israelis shot down the Syrians to Khoi 24 aircraft after it flew into the Golan Heights and that both the pilot and the copilot ejected into Syria but Ari says he and his neighbors saw what really happened yeah they survived engines that were treats here and go back to Syria after that so they landed on the Israeli side yeah can you show me where the jet was shot down well approximately here this in this area Wow that was a big one beautiful scenery huh have you ever had any shells come down in this area yeah a few during the night we never saw you today and here you see the crater of a of a missile that land here yeah while back oh this is the crater from from a missile yeah well what can be done about this massive civil war in Syria well again I’m not the address to ask this a this question yeah but people get in there on daily basis the question is there who’s willing to interfere and stop it you know we don’t think we are not part of the problem and you don’t have to be part of the solution we will defend ourselves if we need to ready for that but look we’re traveling here this bomb going on over here and we don’t feel scared we don’t feel like it when any threat so so so far for us we just feel bad for the citizen that get killed over there as a reality a few miles from the kibbutz is an abandoned Syrian military training facility a friend of our ease brings us to the roof after warning about possible sniper fire I thought we weren’t supposed to go out on the roof we’re not supposed to but just for quick view jabhat Al nusra al Qaeda affiliate they’re just on the other side of that fence now controlling a lot of this territory on your border how does that make you feel hearing the news about Isis they’ve been ok thank God that we don’t have Isis here ok the Col Isis crazy yeah so said ok we’d rather have that yeah everything we have it I think that yeah seems like that for them also keeping the border quiet it’s it’s a common entrance right now we’re just about 300 yards from the new border fence that Israel has built since the start of the civil war in Syria there’s an Israeli flag on this side over here a minefield left over from the wars with Syria in the 60s and 70s but just over there beyond the UN checkpoint there’s a building with the black flag of al-nusra flying on the top Niraj on besar health endorphin well good well diverse career path Behati Wofford ian is Mahalo yeah dakaru toffee Rosarita Trayvon Martin

100 thoughts on “War Tourism in the Golan Heights: The War Next Door (Part 3)

  1. conspiracy nuts logic-the restaurant is full of people because of the war-conclusion- the israelis started the war to get more people to the restaurant

  2. Fuck me you can have a steak and the finest local wine while watching a war were innocent people are being killed!!

    This world is fucked up and it's only going to get worse 👎

  3. no, not all of us are like that – us palestinians and syrian natives that are living under israeli colonial regime knew this is wrong but can do nothing to change it.

    israel keeps bombing syria for no reasons other than expanding genocide and slaughter and war crime violations.

    its fucking pathetic – u.n observers allowed to fall captive – ohh lets help the rebels.. thats fucking insane because it means in the future we'll be killed by saudi suicide bombers.. And the ones that are gona die most is us palestinians, jewish settlers will pack their bags and use their 3rd passports to go to their 5th house.. we got no where to go lol… Isis and al qaeda are gona win this is crazy.

  4. Strange isn't it ? Islamic Extremist really want to wipe out Israel from the map, but look at this, they're just 50 KM from Israel, but they didn't fire a single round toward Israel except some misfire.

  5. if Syria controlled the Golan heights you wouldn't see any on those lush green plains, no tourists, no horses, no nothing. it would have been a barren wasteland of toxic apocalyptic warzone. 

  6. Disrespecting UN Soldiers is a norm for this presenter. They are just doing their duty… What does he think of himself ?. Superhero presenter ???? Humility and unbiased opinion are virtues of a good presenter. I don't see both in this Guy. 

    VICE should get rid of him.

  7. There's literally no point in the restaurant manager wearing a helmet that's not strapped up on that horse,by the time his head hits the floor the helmet will be elsewhere,primarily not fucking close to his head!

  8. The journalist runs his mouth about them being scared. Isn't he the guy who once was captured by Russian terrorists in Ukraine? They must have heard his passive-aggressive quips under his breath.

  9. what a fucking ass hole simon is. 

    "must be mad they lost their checkpoint"
    "If they are scared of me, no wonder they are not at their checkpoint anymore."

    They were under the UN flag. They were not there to fight.

  10. Didn't like the fact that he put the Fijian peacekeepers on the spot whose main duty was to preserve peace. The main reason why the UN has been there was to make sure that there was peace between Israel and Syria. The only reason why the Fijian soldiers got captured was because they were outnumbered 6 to 1 . They didn't want to coz conflicts between the Syrian rebels and  the UN detachment that already had a good relationship with them. Which the UNs main goal was to preserve peace and not engage in civil warfare which was already happening in Syria. The journalist was hypocritical in calling them out  not knowing that they were faraway from home in observing protocols and peace between two countries. C'mon your better then this stop being biased and focusing on one side of the issue when your supposed to be focsuing on both side. The Fijians have been in the middle east for decades sacrificing their lives to make sure that there is peace in the region. Not forgetting that they have  the largest detachment out there.

  11. Please upload all the parts in youtube…..i always prefer youtube to watch all the VICE NEWS its easy…..BTW keep up the awesome work….totally a big fan of VICE NEWS…. 🙂

  12. In part 2 whole world see that Israel bring ISIS radical fighters in their hospitals and heal them. There you go, all you need to know about Israel. That say everyting. In one place they hate muslims very, very much (Gaza) on other side they helping them with medical support, guns (syrian army take picture of it and have Hebrew letters on guns and bombs) and with money. Hippocrates

  13. The U.N. what a joke. Notice the bright shiny new uniforms and new blue hats for UN troop of morons That stand around with their hands in their pockets it's like watching the blind lead the blind. your tax dollars at work.

  14. Doesn't any of these Mulslims who say, Israel caused all this, realize how bad that makes the Muslims sound. If the Jews can have you kill each other than you've lost already. haha How ignorant. It says a lot about these fools.


  16. To all you Israel haters; what would the Golan Heights be if Syria still had it? It would be a barren war torn wasteland just like the rest of the Islamic world. 

  17. Safer for Shiites and Sunni Muslims to keep killing each other, than trying to fight the IDF.
    Every war against Israel, they lost.
    Next time the Arabs try to invade Israel, we should go capture Mecca.
    Then trade them back Mecca in exchange for them getting the hell out of Jerusalem.
    Jerusalem was established as our Capitol by King David, anointed Jewish King of Israel.
    3,004 years ago, long before an such thing as islam existed.
    Our Bible has 667 references to JERUSALEM
    The koran, zero.
    No such thing as JERUSALEM
    OR "pal LIE stine"
    Not one word about either in their
    "glorious" koran

  18. Hey guys i have a friend that was in the I.D.F. and he saw people on the other side Egypt crying for food and water and my friends as a soldier went to help them… and guess what??? he was murdered b/c he was a Jew… we try to help every one… in Turkey we used to help in earthquakes, we offered help in pakistan, we were the first and the only one out of 2 hospitals that we built in the Bahamas after the huriccane, i have a friend that went to help in the far east after the title wave…
    by the way i never hear about the much richer countries around us like Qatar help them, even though i know they buy football clubs in the millions and support terror and build amazing buildings

  19. What's this eejit on about? Of course UNDOF still have checkpoints and positions, there are 130 Irish troops patrolling there right now along with various other nations.

  20. May this horrible fighting stop, it breaks my heart, we are all equal. Syria was an amazing place and everyone was happy and now look at this civil war, ruining life's of all. May god bless all and keep everybody safe.

  21. what a fucking waste of money the UN are. Be cheaper to get the local council there to pick up the rubbish, mow the lawns and observe the fighting.

  22. Israel will never leave the Golan Heights. The Golan Heights belong to Israel now and that's not going to change.

  23. This is sick and it is unfortunate that more people don't see what this is. Zionist Jews watching their ISIS boys steal more land that doesn't belong to them.

  24. Reporting and showing the situation is one thing but a bunch Iif people that come to watch the war like it's a football game just feels dirty.

  25. Hahahaha isis is ~50 miles from israel and they never attacked them
    You know why….
    Because israel is the creator of isis
    (and the golan height is occupied)

  26. 2:58 They're scared of you because you're an English speaking member of the Tribe of the Chosen People filming in The Promised Land. I'm surprised they didn't kiss your feet.

  27. Those with a lot of courage went to fight Daesh. Those with a lot of monstrosity went to be… tourists.

  28. World going to sit back, to watch this wonderful war game, that u.s. Israel fight against the world in godlan heights,and U.S. preparing a other war in venzeulue. Gaza strip Palestinians waiting to see this 2 evil going down.

  29. Israel to the Hague for War Crimes. Trump to the gallows for supplying weapons to a terrorist organisation . Replace the U N with judges that aren't paid off by Israel, UK and USA

  30. UN is no more than a joke…
    Israel is expanding throgh attrocities and civil war into Muslim world specially in Arabia with the special "assistance" of ISIS…

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