By L. Parsons

The Palestinian Druze are the one Israeli Arabs who're conscripted into the Israeli military at the present time. in accordance with Israeli army and political records, this e-book appears on the origins of the Druze's detailed prestige in Israeli society by way of telling the tale of the army and political alliance that emerged among the Druze and the Jewish military within the 1948 battle.

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Hasan Abu Rukn made a second visit to Lebanon and Syria in September 1937 and found much ‘support in Syria and Lebanon for the Palestinian cause’. 38 He returned quickly to Palestine afraid for his personal safety. At the end of 1937 Asad Kanj, a Druze leader from the Jawlan in Syria, made preparations to mount a military invasion of Palestine. Through the work of al-‘Aysami and Hasan Abu Rukn, who put pressure on him through local Druze contacts, he made only a symbolic incursion into the north, withdrawing almost immediately.

A few Druze from ‘Isfiya and Daliyat al-Karmal also joined neighbouring Muslim rebel groups in the surrounding Haifa area. But on the whole, Druze support for the uprising was muted, in spite of leaflets that were being distributed in Druze villages, issued by ‘The Supreme Leadership of the Revolt in the North’ and calling on the Druze community to join the uprising. Those Druze who were politically active and involved in the dispute were divided over which side to support. 25 Rafik Halabi, the prominent Israeli Druze journalist, wrote of the atmosphere in Daliyat alKarmal in the early days of the revolt: One camp in the village backed the Jews and the Hagana, the underground Jewish Defence Organization.

I can even remember him putting up a portrait of the nation’s revered leader David Ben Gurion, on the wardrobe that dominated the one and only room of our apartment. 26 Druze & Jews in Palestine, 1917–47 27 The Muslim leadership were not the only ones putting pressure on the Druze. The Jewish Agency also engaged in a propaganda push to dissuade the Druze from joining the Palestinians. At a local level there were two prominent Jews acting on behalf of the Jewish Agency engaged in attempting to keep the Druze out of the revolt: Yosef Nahmani, a lawyer and the Jewish Agency’s representative in Tiberias, and Abba Hushi, the secretary of the Histadrut in Haifa.

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