Galilee Druze Rally in Support of Endangered Brethren in Syria

Some 1,000 people participated in rallies in towns of Yarka and Daliat al-Carmel on Sunday, calling for protection of Syrian Druze from Islamist forces.

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Israeli Druze rally in support of their Syrian co-religionists, in the Druze village of Yarka, western Galilee, Sunday June 14, 2015.
Israeli Druze rally in support of their Syrian co-religionists, in the Druze village of Yarka, western Galilee, Sunday June 14, 2015.Credit: Rami Shlush
Jack Khoury
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Druze in Israel's north held marches and rallies Sunday in support of their endangered co-religionists in Syria, calling for the protection of the sect’s members threatened by jihadist movements Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra.

The rallies held in Yarka and Daliat al-Carmel followed others in Druze villages in recent days. Some 1,000 people participated, including sheikhs and other clergymen, with hundreds waving Druze flags. There were no Israeli or Syrian flags at the rallies. Participants issued calls against Islamic State, also known as ISIS, and warned against any harm coming to the Syrian Druze.

In Yarka, MK Abdullah Abu Maaruf (Joint Arab List), a village resident, said, “The Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra [an Al-Qaida linked group] are the inventions of the West to divide Syria. Let them keep their hands off Syria and leave the Syrian people alone. We are against harm coming to any of the sects in Syria and for the prevention of bloodshed.”

There is no Druze consensus on the Syrian civil war. Some blame the Assad regime for it, others see the regime as the only option for finding a diplomatic solution to the crisis. But all have rallied to protest possible harm to their fellow Druze.

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