Israel set to make Arabs second class citizens

AFTER an angry debate, the Israeli cabinet has endorsed a controversial bill declaring the country a Jewish state, a move that will alienate the Palestinian minority further and push the government closer to early elections. The bill affirms that Jewish law should inspire the Israeli legal system, and reserves other “national rights” for Jews, including […]

Druze want to be left alone, unhappy about being dragged into Syria’s war

Deadly clashes pitting Syrian Sunni jihadis against Druze militiamen loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have exposed divisions within this small esoteric community that spans the Syria-Lebanon border. The bloody wars roiling the Middle East from Lebanon to Iraq’s border with Iran are essentially political struggles for power and control. But the two main protagonists are […]

Syrian Druze shifting support to the opposition

BEIRUT, Lebanon – Members of Syria’s Druze community, a small but significant religious minority, are joining the opposition in bigger numbers, ramping up pressure on the beleaguered government of President Bashar al-Assad, according to opposition activists and rebel military commanders.

Atrash: Syria’s Druze realize there must be a change

Human rights activist and spokesperson for “the Syrian Organization for Human Rights” Montaha al Atrash confirmed that the silent group in the Druze stronghold of Sweida has become more outspoke against the regime of Syrian president Bashar al Assad , pointing out that “the Druze finally realized that there must be a change and it […]

What Will Post-Assad Syria Look Like?

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime has shown surprising staying power in the vicious civil war that’s been grinding on for nearly two years. One reason for its endurance is the contrast between its overwhelming advantage in firepower — which it has used with utter disregard for non-combatants’ lives — and numbers. By contrast, the disparate […]

Jumblatt urges Syria’s Druze to join the revolution

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt condemned on Thursday the bombing that targeted the Jaramana suburb of Damascus , Syria on Wednesday, accusing the Syrian regime of president Bashar al Assad of orchestrating it with aim of eliminating the Syrian revolution by stirring sectarian tensions in the country.

A clash with Hezbollah convoy in Shouf, Mt Lebanon

A clash broke out on Monday between residents of Baqaata , the largest commercial center in the Shouf region of Mt Lebanon and a Hezbollah security convoy after the residents discovered an illegal telecom network belonging to Hezbollah militant group that passes through their town all the way to al-Mukhtara according to media reports.

Gemayel warns against selling land to Hezbollah

MP Sami Gemayel who a key member of the Phalange party parliamentary bloc warned Thursday against selling land “arbitrarily” to the Shiite group Hezbollah in Mount Lebanon. “Lands are being sold randomly in Aley and the Shouf region of Mount Lebanon , and we should confront the selling.