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    Some leaders of the 12,500 Druze Arabs who inhabit the Golan Heights have been adding their voices to those demanding the annexation of the territory by Israel.

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    GV Village of Majdal-Shams with background of hills in Golan Heights.
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    LV Druze population in the street.
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    SV & CU Druze citizens in streets. (3 SHOTS)
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    CU & SV Druze labourers with bulldozer clearing ground. (2 SHOTS)
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    SV Druze labourers with tractor clearing rocks from field and clearing rocks with wheelbarrow. (2 SHOTS)
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    SV Tractor towing produce along road.
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    LV PULL BACK TO GV Tractor ploughing field with fields and Golan. Hills in background.
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    Background: Some leaders of the 12,500 Druze Arabs who inhabit the Golan Heights have been adding their voices to those demanding the annexation of the territory by Israel. Two private members bills have recently called on the Israeli parliament to annex this strategic plateau which was conquered from Syria in the 1967 war.

    SYNOPSIS: For thirteen years, the Golan Heights has remained part of Israeli occupied territory. But although many Druze communities were divided by Israeli occupation of the area, not all of them are ready to go back to Syrian rule. Mossin Abu Sala, leader of the 3,500 Druze Arabs living in the Golan village of Massadah, says his people's standard of living has greatly improved under the Israelis.

    The Druzes are a small Islamic sect numbering about 300,000 people. They live in villages scattered throughout Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Israel. They have managed to maintain their close knot identity and religion despite over nearly a thousand years of turbulent history.

    Although there are 26 Jewish settlements scattered throughout the heights, their total population numbers only 6,000. Apart from 800 Moslems, the only other inhabitants are the Druze. A recent parliamentary bill gave the Druze the right to receive full Israeli citizenship and they will soon be issued with identity cards. Israeli right-wing deputies are hoping this will turn out to be an interim measure before the full annexation of the region.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5FRX8U368E6FV8BA3D6YOOBHD
    Media URN:
    VLVA5FRX8U368E6FV8BA3D6YOOBHD
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/11/1980
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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