Dr. Taiseer Maray, a Syrian Druse, helped establish and directs Golan for Development, an organization dedicated to building a democratic modern society in the Golan Heights as a way of resisting the occupation. Dr. Maray will describe the human rights issues of his community, the open mine fields, their limited access to water, as well as the extraordinary medical services his organization provides. Dr. Maray has done postdoctorate work at UCLA Medical School and the Rigshospital in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has served on the Golan Academic Association for the town of Majdal Shams, the Arab Student Council in Haifa, and the Haifa committee to support Lebanese war casualties of the Israeli invasion of 1982-83. He is married and has two children.
Golan for Development:
The Golan for Development (GD) is a non-profit organization founded in 1991 in the occupied Golan Heights. GD activities target the Arab population that remained in the Golan after its occupation by the Israeli forces on June 1967 war.
The goals of GD can be summarized as the following:
To built self-reliant and democratic modern society in the Golan as a way of resisting the occupational policy. Promote integrated and sustainable developmental institutions. Encouraging young leadership with improved management capabilities, enthusiasm and experience to take an active role in steering these institutions.