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Nationality Law leads some Druze to re-evaluate identity

While Druze soldiers and generals in the Israel Defense Forces have taken the lead in protesting against the discriminatory aspects of the law defining Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people, many Israeli Druze are saying the controversial legislation came as no surprise.

DALIYAT AL-KARMEL, Israel — The sign in Hebrew hanging on the front door of the military cemetery at the top of Mount Karmel reads, “Tribute to the fallen Druze soldiers / We did not honor you as we should have.”

Ameer, a Druze man with protruding muscles, looked at it with a sad smile. “It's a Jewish neighbor who wrote that,” he told Al-Monitor. “It's nice.” An Israel Defense Forces (IDF) veteran, Ameer had served during the first intifada. 

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