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January 2015

Israeli Druze─The quiet Zionists

Friends and loyal citizens of the Jewish state

Who are the Druze? The Druze community of over 130,000 is recognized as a separate religion and a people with their own courts and traditions. They live mainly in their own villages in northern Israel, from Haifa to the Syrian border. They are an Arabic speaking group which follows a unique mono-theistic theology that does not accept converts.

The Druze speak of an ancient “blood covenant” with the Jewish nation. Generally the Druze believe that the Biblical Jethro, the father-in-law of Moses and a priest of Midian, was their ancestor (Exodus 2:18). Jethro was loyal to the Jews and aided them, while remaining a non-Jew.

Still today the Druze say that the land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people and that they follow in Jethro’s path and assist Israel in keeping the land. “We and the Jews have a common destiny, a covenant sealed between us long ago. Our religion─which is based on loyalty, justice, good deeds and caring for one’s fellow man─facilitates this relationship,” says Ayoob Kara, fmr. MK (Member of the Knesset). Continue reading

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