|Druze community of Golan Heights|
Source: Winnipeg Jewish review
By Rhonda Spivak
Gvat Hazeakot, on the border with Syria. Golan Heights Druze and Syrians come here to scream across the fence to eachother
Majdal Shams in Golan Heights
When the Golan Heights, which was captured by Israel in the 1967 war from Syria, was officially annexed to Israel in 1981, the Druze of the Majdal Shams village could take out Israeli citizenship. The vast majority haven’t done so, remaining loyal to Syria , but with Syria ablaze in fighting, there have been reports that dozens more young Druze have been taking out Israeli citizenship.
I asked Rabah, how many Druze there are like him, and he answers that he doesn’t no. “But whoever has taken Israeli citizenship will be voting for Bibi.”
Why I ask? “Because we want quiet (“sheket”). It’s been good for us here, and we want to stay in Israel. We don’t want to be go back to Syria.” Rabah, not surprisingly, declines to be photographed. There are no Israeli election signs in Majdal Shams, which sits at the foot of Mount Hermon.
A shopkeeper standing near Rabah, with light blue eyes tells me “I am a Syrian. I do not want to be Israeli. Ninety percent of the village here doesn’t want Israeli citizenship. If I took out Israeli citizenship I could end up having to fight against my brothers, my family in Syria.” He says he sees his family in Syria when they meet in Jordan. “I can’t go from Jordan to Syria,” he says.