ISRAEL: The Druze

A really good short documentary on the Druze, who largely live between northern Israel and parts of Syria, and how the Druze in Israel balance their loyalty as Israeli citizens (they’re deeply involved in Israeli politics and serve in the IDF) against with their own identity and community as a non-Jewish minority. They also highlight the struggle of Israel as a government trying to balance being both a Jewish state and a multicultural (and multireligious) country.

If you’ve never heard of the Druze before, they’re an Arabic-speaking ethnic minority. The Druze religion is an offshoot of Isma’ili Islam, but the Druze don’t consider themselves Muslims, and their religion incorporates parts of Christianity, Zoroastrianism, and Buddhism. For more information on the Druze, Let’s Talk Religion has a great video on them:

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