Lebanon's Druze Leader Welcomes George Clooney Into Community

Walid Jumblatt even says Amal Alamuddin, movie star's Beirut-born Druze fiance, is 'lucky' to have him.

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Amal Alamuddin, fiance of George Clooney.
Amal Alamuddin, fiance of George Clooney.Credit: AP

The Druze are known as an insular community that does not look kindly on intermarriage with non-Druze. But the political leader of the large community in Lebanon, Walid Jumblatt, says he welcomes the prospective marriage of Beirut-born co-religionist Amal Alamuddin to George Clooney, the Weekly Standard reports.

“Tell me when George Clooney will be coming to Lebanon so I can greet him in Moukhtara [Jumblatt's hometown]. I will bring a delegation of Druze sheikhs. As for Amal Alamuddin, well, she is lucky,” Jumblatt told the Weekly Standard's Lee Smith. The Druze leader's comments were included in an article about the Alamuddin-Clooney match entitled, "But is it good for the Druze?"

This is not the first time Jumblatt has spoken out for Druze tolerance. Last July, when members of a Druze extended family sliced the penis off of a Sunni man who had eloped with one of their young women, Jumblatt wrote: “It would be useful after the occurrence of the barbaric act for the Druze community to hold an internal dialogue over the future of the sect. … Where will the culture of rejecting the other that breeds intolerance and hate lead? Does that not create a threat to the future?”

So if he ever comes to Lebanon with Alamuddin, Clooney might find Jumblatt a good person to know.

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