Israel is holding the Golan Heights under a belligerent occupation i.e. the belligerency (the "state of war") is being maintained by ISRAEL, not by SYRIA. After all, Syria does not occupy any territory that belongs to Israel. In this instance the fault clearly lies with Israel for resorting to lethal force to quell an act of civil disobedience. It does not lie with Syria for allowing those civilians to stage their protest.
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