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  • 9 more Druze-Israelis arrested in ambulance attacks

    July 7, 2015 | 11:40 am

    Nine more Druze-Israelis were arrested in connection with attacks on two ambulances carrying wounded Syrians to Israeli hospitals.

    The arrests reported on Tuesday by the Hebrew-language news website Walla bring the total number of arrests in the attacks last month to 21. One...

  • Israel says asked Syrian rebels not to harm Druze

    June 29, 2015 | 8:58 am

    Israel said on Monday it had conditioned humanitarian aid to select Syrian rebel groups on its border on their undertaking not to harm the Druze minority in the country's civil war.

    Druze Arabs in Syria have long been loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, and their brethren in...

  • Additional Druze arrested in ambulance attack

    June 25, 2015 | 10:41 am

    Three more Druze Israelis have been arrested in two attacks on ambulances carrying wounded Syrians to Israeli hospitals, including one that left a Syrian dead.

    The arrests early on Thursday come a day after the arrests of five people from the village of Majdal Shams on the Golan...

  • Tensions grow with Israel’s Druze community

    June 24, 2015 | 9:13 am

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    Israeli ambulances carrying wounded Syrians for treatment in Israeli hospitals will now be accompanied by police, after more than 100 Druze protestors attacked an ambulance, and killed a man they said was a member of the rebel forces...

  • Druze violence over Syria poses dilemma for Israel

    June 23, 2015 | 9:25 am

    Throughout Syria's civil war, Israel has contended with bullets and mortars straying across its northern border. But now it faces a new spillover, with sectarian violence and regional loyalties threatening to drag it into the conflict.

    After four years of keeping to the...

  • Golan Druze attack Israeli army ambulance, Syrian casualty dies

    June 23, 2015 | 9:19 am

    Druze villagers on the Israeli Golan Heights attacked an Israeli military ambulance on Monday and one of two Syrian casualties it was carrying from the civil war next door died, police said.

    The incident in the Golan village of Majdal Shams overlooking Syrian territory was the...

  • Israeli Druze block ambulance with Syrian casualties

    June 22, 2015 | 8:23 am

    Israeli Druze blocked an Israeli army ambulance they believed was transporting wounded Syrian rebels on Monday, local authorities said, a rare confrontation underscoring Druze concern for brethren caught up in the civil war next door.

    The Druze are an Arab minority that practice...

  • Israel says prepared for possible Syrian refugee throngs on Golan

    June 17, 2015 | 10:45 am

    Israel signaled readiness on Tuesday to intervene if Syrian refugees were to throng to its armistice line on the Golan Heights, after Israel's Druze Arab minority stepped up a public campaign to help brethren caught up in the civil war next door.

    Israel has sought to keep out of...

  • IDF chief pledges to protect Syrian refugees, provide humanitarian aid

    June 16, 2015 | 3:30 pm

    The Israel Defense Forces’ chief of staff said the army will act to protect Syrian refugees from being slaughtered by the Islamic State, or ISIS.

    In a Knesset hearing Tuesday, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot said he is concerned by the proximity of Syria’s civil war fighting to the...

  • Israeli president says Syrian Druze under threat

    June 10, 2015 | 11:13 am

    Israel's president expressed his concern to the United States on Wednesday about the fate of the Druze minority in Syria, saying around 500,000 of them were under threat from Islamist militants in an area near the Israeli border.

    Israel's Druze, some of whom have reached the...

  • Israel to invest $500 million in Druze, Circassian communities

    June 8, 2015 | 2:17 pm

    Israel’s Cabinet approved a more than $500 million plan to develop Druze and Circassian communities.

    The five-year plan approved Sunday follows a previous plan that lasted from 2011 to 2014.

    The first half of the new plan was approved in December.

    Under the plan, the Israeli...

  • Golan Heights resident indicted for spying for Syria

    March 27, 2015 | 8:30 am

    A resident of the Golan Heights was indicted for spying on Israel for Syria.

    Suleiman Sidqi from the predominantly Druze town of Majdl Shams is accused of spying for the Syrian government, aiding an enemy entity, having contact with a foreign agent and supporting a terrorist...

  • Israel’s Loyal Druze Minority-and the Racist Beating of Tommy Hassoun

    By LiAmi Lawrence

    February 2, 2015 | 4:48 am

    The savage beating of 21-year-old Israeli Druze, Tommy Hassoun, two weeks ago by a group of eight young religious Jews brings a shameful issue to the forefront of public discussion: Israel's treatment of its loyal Druze minority. Adherents of a secret religion that is an offshoot...

  • Preparing for the Ebola, making noise in Hollywood, going vegan and more - this week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 20, 2014 | 8:40 am

    Vegans in Ramat-Gan

    On Monday, tens of thousands flocked to Ramat Gan National Park for the second year in a row, and lined up to taste “the best” vegan malabi, try on a pair of vegan shoes or take home a box of vegan condoms. Animal rights activists, natural- food lovers and the...

  • What really happened in the battle of Khuzaa, Gaza?

    By Simone Wilson

    September 4, 2014 | 2:35 pm

    No neighborhood along the eastern half of the Gaza strip — the half closest to Israel — emerged unscathed from the recent 50-day war in Gaza, which left more than 2,000 Palestinians dead.

    But in Khuzaa, a middle-class farming town of around 10,000 in southern Gaza that pushes up...

  • Dutch Symbolism

    By Ariel Blumenthal

    March 11, 2013 | 12:48 am

    Every so often the symbolism of an event would be multiplied by great timing. Such was the Dutch government recommendation to label goods from Israeli settlements in the midst of the kidnapped UN soldiers crisis in Syria. The connection? The inclusion of the Golan Heights in the...

  • Israelis look nervously across to Syria

    October 4, 2012 | 10:24 am

    The Golan Heights on the border between Israel and Syria is a favorite holiday destination for Israelis, and thousands were hiking and picnicking there during the recent holidays. But the Israeli army asked some visitors to leave after a group of 50 Syrians, some of them armed,...

  • The Arab Spring springs surprises

    August 15, 2012 | 12:22 pm

    When a popular uprising started in Tunisia less than two years ago, it took the world by surprise. Not many observers had anticipated the outbreak, let alone the success, of popular uprisings in a region far better known for the longevity of its tyrants and despots.

    Contrary to what...

  • Druze professor appointed Israeli envoy to New Zealand

    April 24, 2012 | 10:14 am

    A Druze professor was appointed Israel’s chief diplomat in New Zealand.

    Naim Araidi, who teaches Hebrew literature at Haifa University and Bar-Ilan University, was named to the post by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Yediot Achronot reported.

    “After years of representing...

  • Teen arrested after admitting to starting Israeli fire

    December 6, 2010 | 10:39 am

    A 14-year-old resident of the Druze village of Ussfiya was arrested after admitting to starting the fire that destroyed much of the Carmel Forest.

    The teen reportedly said he was smoking a nargila water pipe and threw a live coal into an open area before returning to school.


  • Culinary and cultural riches await visitors to the Galilee

    By  Orit Arfa

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I have to admit, although I run the risk of being politically incorrect, whenever I'd drive through Galilean roads and pass Arab towns or villages, a slight fear sometimes gripped me. Since the level of distrust among Jews and Arabs has increased since the intifada, I suspect most...
  • Mideast An Understanding Teacher

    By Ruth Mason

    November 6, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish and Arab youth visit Yad Vashem as part of a course onthe Holocaust run by the Ghetto Fighter's Museum at Kibbutz LahameiHageta'ot. Photo by Isaac Harari


    It's a hot summer day and 16 teen-agers are walking through YadVashem in Jerusalem with a handful of adults. The scene is...