A small community of non- Arab Muslims from southern Russia known as Circassians, who fled persecution in their native homeland two centuries ago and settled in the Galilee, are threatening to disrupt next year’s Winter Olympics in their cry for recognition.

Among the diverse mosaic of ethnic and religious minorities in Israel, the Circassians consider themselves to be victims of an historic genocide and ethnic cleansing campaign, much like the Armenian remnant also living in the country.

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