• Short Summary

    ON TUESDAY (10 OCTOBER) A CHANGE IN POLICY BY THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT BROUGHT A WELCOME 'NEW LOOK' TO THE COUNTRY'S 30,000 DRUSE CITIZENS.

  • Description

    ON TUESDAY (10 OCTOBER) A CHANGE IN POLICY BY THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT BROUGHT A WELCOME 'NEW LOOK' TO THE COUNTRY'S 30,000 DRUSE CITIZENS. IN A FESTIVE MEETING IN JERUSALEM BETWEEN DRUSE DIGNITARIES AND PRIME MINISTER ESHKOL IT WAS ANNOUNCED THAT HENCEFORTH THE DRUSE COMMUNITY WOULD BE FULLY-FLEDGED CITIZENS OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL.

    THE NEW POLICY CHANGES NOTHING IN THE ACTUAL STATUS OF THE DRUSE COMMUNITY. THEY HAVE ENJOYED THE FULL RIGHTS AND DUTIES OF JEWISH CITIZENS FOR MANY YEARS, AND HAVE FOUGHT FOR ISRAEL THROUGH THREE MAJOR WARS. BUT IT WILL REMOVE 'THE STIGMA OF SEPARATE TREATMENT'. IN THE FUTURE, DRUSE CITIZENS, WHILST MAINTAINING THEIR COMMUNAL IDENTITY, WILL BE ABLE TO DEAL WITH GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS DIRECTLY - PREVIOUSLY THEY HANDLED THEIR AFFAIRS THROUGH MINORITY DEPARTMENTS OF VARIOUS MINISTRIES. NOW THEY WILL USE THE SAME CHANNELS AS DO ISRAEL'S JEWISH CITIZENS.

    ESSENTIALLY, THE CHANGE IS SYMBOLIC - A FORMAL RECOGNITION OF THE DEGREE OF INTEGRATION OF THE DRUSE COMMUNITY INTO ISRAEL'S LIFE. THIS FACT WAS FOREMOST IN THE ???INDS OF THE DRUSE KHADIS, SHIEKS, AND DIGNITARIES AS THEY THANKED PRIME MINISTER ESHKOL. THE MEETING PRESENTED NOTABLE ASSEMBLY OF KHADIS FROM THE DRUSE VILLAGES AND TOWNLETS, THE MAYORS, AND OTHER OFFICIALS, UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF THEIR SPIRITUAL HEAD, SHIEK AMIN TAREEF OF JULIS AND THE DRUSE M.P., SHIEK JABER MU'ADI.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABH6EMI0KYG4E7BZD7JC0GCEO1
    Media URN:
    VLVABH6EMI0KYG4E7BZD7JC0GCEO1
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/10/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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