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Druze Want Israeli Protection From Syrian Islamists

After recent attacks from Islamist militant rebels, Syria’s Druze community is looking to clan leaders in nearby Israel for protection from attacks in Syria’s civil war. “Druze in Israel are concerned about what’s happening to their brothers in Syria,” said Sheikh Mouafak Tarif, the spiritual leader of the Druze community in Israel. The Druze, who are an ancient religious sect with ties to Shi’ite Islam, were split between Israel and Syria following a 1967 war when Israel gained the...

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