Peres’ Visit to Druze Holy Site Canceled for Fear of Unrest

Druze leaders and President Shimon Peres' office feared his presence would spark protests over the recent conviction of 16 sheikhs for visiting Syria.

President Shimon Peres did not make his annual visit to the Druze holy site Neby Shoaib in honor of the Druze pilgrimage there, scheduled for Friday, because of tensions between Israel and the Druze community.