Druze Arabs in Israel’s Golan Heights pledged allegiance to Assad
Dressed in traditional black garb, white hats and carrying Syrian flags and pictures of dictator Bashar Assad, dozens of Druze Arabs who live on Israel’s Golan Heights gathered on Saturday to celebrate Assad ‘success’ in killing its own people.
The small crowd chanted and shouted into megaphones, pledging loyalty to Assad while Syrian soldiers across the security border fence on the opposite side of the valley, yelled back in support.
The Druze are an Arab minority who practice an offshoot of Islam and whose adherents in Syria have long been loyal to the ruling Assad family.
Israeli Druze have at times urged Israel to intervene across the frontier, where hundreds of thousands of Syrians have been killed and millions driven from their homes during the civil war.
The IDF has provided life-saving humanitarian aid as part of operation “Good Neighbor” while maintaining a non-intervention policy in the seven-year civil war.