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October 6, 2012 1:00 am

Syria Violence Prompts Golan Druze to Seek Israeli Citizenship

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A view of Syria from Israeli side of the border. Photo: wiki commons.

Times of Israel – Syrian Druze residing in the Golan Heights once burned ID cards offered to them by Israeli government authorities, after Israeli law was extended to the area in 1981. Three decades later, after 19-months of brutal civil war in Syria, Druze residents of the Golan are flocking to the Interior Ministry by the dozens to request Israeli citizenship.

For decades the flow of citizenship requests among Druze was a mere trickle. Now it is soaring, according to government statistics cited by Maariv on Friday.

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  • Terence

    Times has changed, this may be good opportunity to do something for mutual benefits. And Israeli leaders should relook into the merits of them seeking citizenships application besides humanitarian grounds, there could be other worthwhile benefits too, especially in the name of long-lasting peace.
    Sure there were wounds, but which by now should be invisible scars left if one can choose not to take notice of.