Druze angry about Israeli government help for jihadists

This 16 June 2015 video shows a demonstration by Druze in the Israeli occupied Golan heights, against the al-Nusra Front (al-Qaeda in Syria). The demonstrators carry colourful Druze flags and Syrian flags.

By Daniella Cheslow:

Israeli Druze angered by their country’s medical assistance to Syrian rebels

June 24, 2015 Updated 2 hours ago

MAJDAL SHAMS, Golan Heights — Mira Amer, 50, was sleeping Tuesday before dawn in the Druze village of Majdal Shams in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights when police raided her home and arrested her son on suspicion of lynching a wounded Syrian who was on his way to an Israeli hospital.

Amer said her son, a 32-year-old musician, is not guilty – but that in any case the killing on Monday was not a murder. Druze in Israel are outraged that Israel may be giving medical care to Islamic militants fighting in Syria who’ve been accused of killing Druze in that country’s brutal conflict. Over the past two years, Israel has treated more than 1,600 wounded Syrian rebels in its hospitals.

“We don’t want the government to bring those terrorists here,” Amer said.

Amer – whose name has been changed because of an Israeli gag order on the case – has relatives in the Druze town of Hader on the Syrian side of the border, a town so close she can see it across the border. Islamist rebels from al Qaida’s Syrian affiliate, the Nusra Front, had surrounded Hader last week, just days after members of the movement had slaughtered 20 Druze in the Syrian province of Idlib.

“We all have relatives in Hader and they are getting hurt,” Amer said. …

The Druze sect is a 10th century offshoot of Shiite Islam whose members live in Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Jordan. In each nation, the Druze swear allegiance to the government and serve in its army. Nearly all of the men among the 110,000 Druze citizens of Israel do military service.

An additional 20,000 Druze live in the Golan Heights, which Israel captured from Syria in 1967; Druze in the Golan largely maintain Syrian citizenship in protest of Israeli rule and feel an umbilical connection to those who remain on the other side.

The crumbling of President Bashar Assad’s government has left the Druze in Syria vulnerable to attacks from Islamists, who see Druze as both heretics and enemy soldiers.

That’s galvanized the Druze inside Israel.

In Majdal Shams, residents poured into the streets last week flying the rainbow Druze flag and the red, white and green standard of Syria, along with banners bearing Assad’s face. Druze citizens of Israel raised $2.6 million, which they hoped would fund weapons for their Syrian counterparts. Ayoob Kara, a Druze legislator with Netanyahu’s Likud party, visited Jordan and Turkey to negotiate safe passage for Druze in Syria and made a personal appeal to the Israeli premier to help his people.

“The Druze in Israel who fought for Israel expect their state to help their brothers,” Kara told McClatchy.

Israel has sworn it will not allow a Druze genocide, but it has provided few specifics on how it will help.

Selon un rapport des Nations Unies, Israël soutient les groupes jihadistes en Syrie, 22 June 2017, Stefano Mauro: here.

10 thoughts on “Druze angry about Israeli government help for jihadists

  1. Israel is a agent for Western aggression and Israeli to the the destruction of the Arab states, Israel will change to any side as also Western agencies will be on any side of terrorism to self destruct the the Middle East culture and life.


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  5. Errant mortar?

    ISRAEL is playing a very dangerous game in supporting al-Qaida affiliate Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (Hetesh) against the Syrian army in Quneitra province.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s claim that the Israeli warplane that killed two Syrian soldiers and destroyed two military vehicles on Saturday did so in self-defence is as palpably false as US justifications for interventions designed to assist terrorist groups fighting to overthrow the Damascus government.

    Collaboration between Hetesh in Quneitra province and zionist forces based in the occupied Golan Heights is well documented, including treatment of wounded extremists in Israeli hospitals.

    The Israel Defence Force reference to “errant” mortar fire hitting the occupied Golan Heights is misleading.

    Such “errant” fire occurs so often and brings the same result — Israeli air strikes on Syrian government targets — that it is now abundantly clear this is the extremists’ method of summoning aerial support.

    For all the rhetoric from Washington and Tel Aviv about global threats posed by Islamic State (Isis) and al-Qaida, their actions are directed principally against Syrian state forces and allied formations they designate as Iran-backed.

    Bombing Syrian defensive positions outside Ba’ath City while they are under attack from Hetesh confirms Israel and its US protector’s ongoing obsession with regime change. To follow that by attacking a government field hospital after the assault by their proxies was repelled compounds the crime.

    Israel should examine the consequences of its role in building up Hamas as an alternative to Yasser Arafat’s secular Fatah party in the 1980s and reconsider its interference in Syria.



  6. Saturday 5th August 2017

    posted by Morning Star in World

    ISRAELI army medics are patching up Syrian extremists in the occupied Golan Heights before sending them back into action, photos circulated on social media suggest.

    Lebanese website Al Masdar News published the images, taken at night, showing wounded guerillas being treated at a mobile medical post.

    According to the source the insurgents went back across the frontier into Quneitra province — the eastern Golan Heights — to return to the fight against the Syrian army.

    Tel Aviv has long had a de facto alliance with the al-Qaida affiliated Nusra Front — now rebranded as Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (Hetesh).

    Israel holds Syria responsible for any stray artillery fire that falls in the heights — seized from Syria in 1967 — and retaliates with air raids on army positions.

    Earlier this year Israel launched a string of air raids that coincided with a major Hetesh offensive in Quneitra.



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