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February 28, 2005

Trouble brewing with the Druze

Also from Ha'aretz:

Tiberias police launched an investigation Sunday to find out who was behind a pamphlet threatening renewed violence against Christians in the mixed Druze-Christian-Muslim village of Maghar, in the Galilee, that saw violent clashes earlier this month.

The pamphlet, which was distributed Sunday and signed by a group calling itself "The Heroes of Hamza Ben Ali" after a Druze saint, expressed support for the riots and included detailed threats to open fire on any Christians venturing onto the village's main road starting Wednesday.

Seven Maghar residents and three police officers were injured in the clashes between Druze and Christians, which began after a Druze teenager spread a false rumor that Christian youths had posted pornographic pictures of Druze girls on the internet. Many Christian families fled the village as a result of the riots.

The Druze consider themselves Moslem, while other Moslem groups do not recognize them as such.

Posted by Jack Lewis at February 28, 2005 08:46 AM

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