Israeli Druze leader: ‘We are not Palestinians’

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The Druze and Israeli flags hanging together. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

The Druze and Israeli flags hanging together. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) Israeli Druze “are not Palestinians,” a Druze leader said regarding a proposed law to officially codify Israel’s status as a “Jewish state.”

As opposed to Muslim Arabs, members of the Druze community tend to be pro-Israel.

“We are not Palestinians and do not have religious or cultural connections with them, but are full Israeli citizens. I want the state to be a Jewish state and not one of ‘all its citizens,’” said Atta Farhat, the head of the Druze Zionist Council for Israel, according to the Jerusalem Post.

Farhat said Jews “respect others and their way of life.”

“We see what is happening in Iraq, Egypt, and other Arab countries. We don’t want to live under a government of darkness, but where we have freedom,” added Farhat.

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