Israeli Druse mobilize for their Syrian brothers, fearing the worst

Automatic gunfire pierced the sky in Peki’in as a former Paratroop Brigade officer worked up a crowd of flag-waving Druse below.

They didn’t really need his encouragement. This crowd of around some 1,000 protesters from across Israel and the Druse diaspora have been following the news from Syria, where jihadists from the al-Qaida- linked Nusra Front reportedly killed some 20 Druse in the northwestern Idlib province last week.

The reports – often riven by rumor and hearsay – have spread like wildfire in the Israeli Druse community, sparking a call to arms out of a desperate desire to provide succor to their brethren on the other side of the Golan border fence.


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