The Druse are a Moslem sect, existing both in Israel and neighbouring countries, who have traditionally been at loggerheads with the main body of Moslems.
The Druse are a Moslem sect, existing both in Israel and neighbouring countries, who have traditionally been at loggerheads with the main body of Moslems. As they have been subject to much persecution as dissidents, they have in the course of centuries developed into an outstanding body of fighting men. There are 100,000 of them in Syria (who once led the revolt against the French, 80,000 in Lebanon and 20,000 in Israel. As they have been given many rights as a separate minority by the Israel authorities; they have been very friendly.
Yesterday's Feast consisted first of all of the annual pilgrimage to the tomb of Nabi Shu'eib, which is located in the mountains of Galilee about 8 miles from Lake Tiberius. N. Shu'eib is, according to Druse tradition, the tomb of Jethro, father-in-law of Moses, whom the Druse regard as their common ancestor?
The pilgrimage was followed later in the day by dancing, singing and the firing of small arms. The celebrations were attended not only by the Druse community, headed by their spiritual & leader, Sheikh Amin Tarif, but also by Jewish Israel notables including the Chief-of-Staff, General Haim Laskov; the Minister of Police, Mr. B. Shitrit; the O.C. Northern Command and Members of the Israel Parliament, as well as the visiting Chensian Minister of Education.