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A Christmas Lesson

James Zogby | Posted 12.26.2016 | Politics
James Zogby

We should not allow the Christmas story to be stripped of its humanity or cleansed of its muck and grime. Its power is in its reality that should serve to focus our attention on our responsibility to see in the birth of Jesus: the faces of the outcasts for whom there is no room in the inn; the wretched of the earth for whom there is no comfort; and the frightened exiles who seek only safety and refuge. It is only when we do not avert our glance from these reminders that we can understand the story and spirit of Christmas.

Squabbling Politicians Push Lebanon to Sectarian Brink

Doug Bandow | Posted 11.22.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

The bigger threat to Lebanese stability is the implosion of Syria, which long played a dominant, sometimes controlling, role in Lebanon. Hezbollah has directly intervened on the side of the Assad regime. The Shia movement's involvement risks bringing the conflict back to Lebanon, as did Hezbollah's costly 2006 war with Israel.

The Druze of Israel: Hope for Arab-Jewish Collaboration

Jonathan Adelman | Posted 10.08.2016 | World
Jonathan Adelman

The fact that the Druzes, as a distinct group of Israeli Arabs, have, despite job discrimination, flourished in Israel, offers hope for the future of Arab-Jewish cooperation and working together in the strife torn Middle East.

Relinquishing Our Uncomfortable Inheritance: Eran Riklis' A Borrowed Identity

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.03.2016 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

From Cup Final to The Human Resources Manager, from Lemon Tree to Zaytoun, Riklis has always talked about the untalkable in his films: Peace, humanity, and the ability to discuss what makes us different, while also celebrating our contrasts.

Druze Mount Next Flashpoint in Syrian Conflict: Implications for Israel

James Dorsey | Posted 06.14.2016 | World
James Dorsey

As rebel forces advance towards the mountainous Druze stronghold in Idlib province, Israel has to decide whether it should intervene in the Syrian civil war by arming the Druze while Saudi Arabia is faced with the choice between realpolitik and its religious doctrine which views the Druze as heretics.

Syria's Al Qaeda Branch Kills Druze Villagers

Reuters | Posted 06.11.2015 | World

BEIRUT, June 11 (Reuters) - Members of the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front Sunni militant group have killed 20 Druze villagers in northwestern Syria, a gr...

Israel Should Change Course in Syria: The Case of the Druze

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 06.03.2016 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

The State of Israel cannot and should not stay indifferent when Druze people are facing an existential threat on the other side of the border.

Lebanese Caricaturists Feel With Charlie Hebdo, Fear Retribution

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 03.11.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Lebanese caricaturists felt solidarity with French colleagues targeted in a terrorist attack on the satirical publication Charlie Hebdo this week, but admitted they're hamstrung by threats against them, terrorism, sectarianism, and political instability in their country.

Israeli Druze Struggle For Equality Amid Rising Religious Tensions

Religion News Service | Ben Hartman | Posted 12.07.2014 | Religion

ABU SNAN, Israel (RNS) Bullet holes pepper the front windows of the old city council office and paramilitary police in armored jeeps patrol the main s...

A Resounding Public Support for Palestine Around the World

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 02.03.2015 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Politicians holding down the floodgates against a public display of support for the state of Palestine were embarrassed in recent weeks. As soon as these political gatekeepers allowed their rank and file to express their positions, tremendous backing came for Palestine and its people.

Israeli President Visits Arab Village in Honor of Eid al-Adha

Anav Silverman | Posted 12.06.2014 | World
Anav Silverman

Commenting on his father's work in bringing different cultures together, Rivlin,75, spoke personally with the participants about building bridges during his visit to the Arab village made up of Druze, Muslims, and Christians.

What's in a Name? Amal Alamuddin, Barack Obama and the Rest of Us With 'Funny Names'

Asma Uddin | Posted 07.06.2014 | Entertainment
Asma Uddin

Earlier this week, news broke of the latest celebrity engagement: Hollywood actor and self-proclaimed perpetual bachelor, George Clooney, proposed to Amal Alamuddin. Frantic Google searches began as everyone wanted to know who this 'exotic beauty' was.

Lebanon Ready to Collapse

Allan Topol | Posted 02.02.2014 | World
Allan Topol

Two weeks ago, a double suicide bombing outside the Iranian Embassy in Beirut killed 23 people and injured 147. This recent development shows the misery of Lebanon, which has continued for more than 50 years, enters a new and dangerous phase.

Why Does the World Ignore the Druze?

Isaac Zablocki | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Isaac Zablocki

For the first time in history, the Other Israel Film Festival will be presenting four events relating to the Druze Culture, right here in New York Cit...

Israel's Medical Care Reaches All Minorities

Anav Silverman | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Anav Silverman

The story of Emek Medical Center in Afula is little known within the international community but Emek Medical Center's Director of Development and Public Relations, Larry Rich, is on a mission to change that.

The Dangers of Providing Military Support to the Free Syrian Army

Daniel Wagner | Posted 08.14.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

The issues surrounding political change in Syria are multifaceted and much more intricate than is being reported in the western media, yet the conflict continues to be painted in simplistic black and white terms.

The Brave New World of 'Syrianization'

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.01.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

The battle for Syria demonstrates that what started as a peaceful call for change can lead to the disintegration of an entire country, and creation of a new geopolitical reality. If it can happen in Syria, it can and will certainly happen elsewhere.

In Defense of the Goddess: Speaking Out Against Honor Killing

MeiMei Fox | Posted 01.29.2013 | Impact
MeiMei Fox

She did not feel she should hate the Druze for their tradition or put them in "The Other Box." She just wanted to understand better where and why the tradition existed -- and how it might be put to an end. Her pull to the topic was undeniably related to her own life experience.

Sectarianism and the Uprising in Syria: The Case of the Druze

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 05.25.2012 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

It is simply correct to refer to the uprising as being that of the Sunni majority against a regime based on the support, either active or passive, of non-Sunni minorities. One of the latter are the Druze.

Syrian TV: Israeli Forces Kill 6 Protesters

Posted 08.05.2011 | World

By Allyn Fisher-Ilan MAJDAL SHAMS, Golan Heights, June 5 (Reuters) - Israeli troops fired on Sunday at demonstrators in Syria who rushed toward the...

Israel's Latest Gag: Musician Arrested, Accused of Being A Spy

Yermi Brenner | Posted 09.07.2012 | World
Yermi Brenner

This week, the relationship between the Golan Druze and Israel took a turn for the worst. On Sunday, Majdal Shames resident, musician Fada Sha'ar, was arrested when he landed in Ben-Gurion International Airport.

Lebanon's Samir Geagea: A Maverick

Hussain Abdul-Hussain | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hussain Abdul-Hussain

Samir Geagea is proving to be the only man of principles in Lebanon. He should be applauded as the last freedom fighter in the Middle East.

The Druze Challenge of Survival

Rima Merhi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
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Rima Merhi

The survival of the Druze will largely depend on the young Druze educated professional class, and their ability to establish an international committee to reform the tenets of the Druze faith that are in conflict with modern times.

The End of March 14?

Nicholas Noe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nicholas Noe

The Sunni, Druze and Christian coalition that first took the reins of power in July 2005 was dealt what may end up being a lethal blow this past week when the Druze leader Walid Jumblatt formerly left the March 14 Secretariat.

Miss Israel Swimsuit Competition Poses Challenge For Arab Minorities (VIDEO)

WideAngle | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

How far can one young woman push a conservative culture? Duah Fares is an Arab-Israeli teenager and member of the Druze minority, a religious sect liv...