Covenant of Brothers, Covenant of Life

On Tuesday, September 30, over 1,200 Druze and Jewish Israelis, young and old, met in KKL-JNF's Ahihud Forest in the Western Galilee to celebrate Jewish-Druze brotherhood.

October 2, 2014 16:00
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Covenant of Brothers 758x530. (photo credit: KKL-JNF)

 The event, which was the first of its kind, was named "A Covenant of Brothers, a Covenant of Life",

The event began with a communal walk in Ahihud Forest that began at 9 in the morning. Activity stations manned by KKL-JNF volunteers could be visited along the way. The participants were treated to an artistic program with Druze music and dancing, as well as greetings from the spiritual and political leadership of the Druze community, senior KKL-JNF officials, and representatives of other Zionist organizations. The ceremony was graciously emceed by Dani Fadida of the KKL-JNF Youth and Education Division and a representative of the Druze Zionist youth movement. 
The main speaker was Sheikh Mowafik Tarif, the spiritual head of Israel's Druze community, who addressed the audience and also blessed everyone present: "My esteemed grandfather, Sheikh Amin Tarif, was a man of peace who firmly believed in coexistence. He was active in both the spiritual and the social fields, and his goal was to further Druze tradition and our covenant with all of Israel. We walk in his footsteps, and for our young people, the connection with the State of Israel is eminently obvious.

"Today's impressive event is the result of collaboration between our community and KKL-JNF. Immediately after my revered grandfather's passing, KKL-JNF decided to dedicate a forest grove here in his memory. I would like to thank Yiftah Harhol and all the KKL-JNF Northern Region personnel, and I look forward to continued cooperation in the future. To our Jewish brothers I wish a blessed Yom Kippur, and to our Muslim brothers I wish a blessed Eid al-Adha. May this be a good year for us all."

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Ahuva Bar-Lev
KKL-JNF – Information and Internet Department

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