The two Druze
heavyweights, Jumblatt and Arslan, are scions of leading Druze
families whose fathers helped wrestle the country from French occupation back in 1943.
Some believe that the Druze
are an offshoot of Islam.
Tens of thousands of Druze
Israelis, along with Jewish supporters, thronged a Tel Aviv square on Saturday night in a rare demonstration against government policy by the typically muted community.
We recognized its Jewish character with full equality for its non-Jewish citizens," Druze
religious leader Sheikh Mowafak Tarif said at the rally.
community members who organized the event estimate 150,000 people will take part in the protest, held under the motto: "Equal rights for all citizens." The Druze
, numbering around 120,000 in Israel, have had special status since the 1950s, when they were drafted into the military, unlike Israel's Muslim and Christian populations.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu posted on Facebook: "We guard our borders in the north and the south and maintain our support for our Druze
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gunmen in southern Syria monitor
Halabi draws on written and oral sources and his own 40 years in Druze
affairs to present a portrait of an important religious and cultural minority in Lebanon.
Synopsis: The Druze
are a much-misunderstood Muslim sect primarily inhabiting the Levant.
Israel arrested 9 Druze
last night during the ongoing investigations into theattacks on an Israeli military ambulance last month, which resulted in the killing of a Syrian officerand an Israeli soldier.
KUDE[pounds sterling]S (CyHAN)- Dozens of Israeli Druze
attacked an Israeli military ambulance on Monday night, in the second such assault in 24 hours, killing one of the two Syrian patients onboard and seriously wounding the other, police said.
Rebels surrounded a government-held Druze
village on the Syrian side of the ceasefire line on the Golan Heights after heavy fighting, a monitoring group said.
Fighters from Syria's al Qaeda branch, the Nusra Front, have killed at least 20 Druze
villagers, raising fear for one of Syria's minorities as insurgents including Sunni Islamists gain ground against President Bashar al-Assad.