Druse: Suspend US aid for Galilee development

The Druse Monitoring Committee submitted a request to the US State Department that the US suspend all economic aid earmarked for development of the Galilee until the Israeli government closed the socio-economic gap between the Druse and Jewish residents of the Galilee. A State Department representative met with senior members of the council, and said he would address the issue, Israel Radio reported. According to Druse sources, the Druse community suffers from an extremely high 35% unemployment rate and they complain that not a single industrial representative had been directed by the government to invest in the Druse communities in recent years.