Hotel includes memorial for tragic Golani soldiers

MERCHANTS travel- ling between French-controlled Syria and British Mandatory Palestine in the late 1920s to mid-1940s by way of the Golan Heights passed through a French built customs post complex situated on the road ascending the lower approaches to the Golan a short distance from the Israeli town of Katzrin.

With the French pulling out of Syria in 1946, the mountain range was taken over by the Syrian Army.

The Bauhaus architectural style customs house buildings, plus a number of smaller ones built from local black volcanic rock, became a heavily fortified base for that army, commanding an all-encompassing view and military advantage looming over a large portion of the Israeli, mainly agricultural, communities nestling below in the Hula Valley.

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