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Pqiin – A Druze Story

We went on a trip to the Galilee for a few days last week. Came around a small town called Pqiin and I felt it’s a place worth a few words. First it’s a village that is primarily Druze but is also home to Arabs and Jews. All living together if you can imagine …

Pqiin Synagogue
One of the oldest synagogues in the country is in this town and is being serviced by a few Jewish residents and one family in particular. I forgot the name. It’s a tiny little synagogue and there is construction all around it right now. Getting there is quite a walk and is half the fun. The synagogue is located right in the center of the residential town and you have to walk through the narrow streets to get there, getting a great view of the town and its surrounding. It’s quite spectacular. The people greet you as you walk through the streets and are very pleasant and hospitable.

Druze in Pqiin Israel

The Druze are a unique story in the middle east. There are members of the Druze nation is Israel and Lebanon. In the Israeli army they are always in scouting and front line combat positions. It is considered a source of pride within the community and some of the most decorated soldiers over the years have come from the Druze nation. They speak Arabic and for the most part are “old school” Labour party supporters.

Druze five colorsThe Druze religion is a secret religion. In general, and based on the little I heard, they believe in 5 prophets. These are prophets local to Israel. They also have a five color flag and star symbol made of what is said to be the 5 main elements of life. Red, for love, White for the soul, Blue for sea and sky, Yellow for the sun and Green for nature.

We spent the day walking around and having a cup of coffee in the center of the town, next to a really big tree. My father-in-law said it has been there for at least 30 years. I believe him. More images here.

Photographs by Shai Caspi

Druze kids in Pqiin, Israel

Pqiin Tree in town center, Israel

Pqiin, Galilee, Israel

Druze flags in town center, Israel

8 Comments

  1. I enjoyed reading about Pqiin. So great to read about positive and uplifting subjects in the Middle East. The Druze are truly inspiring people. Fantastic pictures!

  2. i am a druze born in lebanon and lived there for my hole life.i was raised and tought to love and to respect others even from other religions.but offcourse i was tought also to help another druze in any case of emergency!but i am now facing a problem…i love my country and i love my religion…and as we all know,there is alot of druze in israel and this country is in a war with lebanon….am i supposed to support my brothers in my country or my brothers in my blood and religion?!and offcourse i will never stand against my country and the same time i will never stand against my religion….so if anyone can help me with this problem..plz leave a comment!

  3. This is one of my favorites for sure. Thank you so much for this.

    Unknown, you just stand for Love. Love is not against anybody. We should all have such conflicts of heart. Love will carry you through.

  4. i am also from lebanon….and i thank unknown(1) who pushed me to send this because i also face the same problem and i dont know what position to take in this stupid conflict between arabs and israel….and this is making a big problem in the heart of every druze here in lebanon and we should all take this seriously because it is not acceptable to keep up with this because one day this problem will mark a huge difference in the druze history…..anw anyone intrested please comment i would rili wish to see the opinions of other druze in israel or in the arab world……thank u.

  5. HELLO RELATIVES ALL OVER THE WORLD,MY NAME IS BASSAM AL OUD, I COME FROM LEBANON I AM A DRUZ FROM BEIRUT, THE CITY THAT ME & ALL MY GRANDFATHERS WERE ALL BORN & DIED IN. WHAT I HAVE 2 SAY IS WE ARE MINORITY SO WE ARE LIKE THE ISRAELIES IN THE AREA & UNFORTUNATLY WE ARE SURROUNDED BY PEOPLE WHO HATE OUR RELIGION , MOSTLY I THINK CAUSE THEY ARE IGNORANT & UN EDUCATED. NO MATTER WHAT WE WILL DO THEIR IDEAS & REACTIONS WILL STAY THE SAME, NOT ALL OF THEM I GUESS I KNOW SOME WHO WISH IF THEY CAN BECOME DRUZE LIKE ME WHO ARE MOSTLY MUSLIMS, WHY THEY REACHED THAT IN THEIR MIND CAUSE THEY SAW HOW HONEST BRAVE & GOD & LIFE LOVERS WE ARE. SO NO MATTER WHAT WILL HAPPEN WE WILL STAY UNITED & STRONG & WITH OUR LEADERS WISDOM WE WILL SURVIVE ALL THESE OBSTACLES& DEFEAT THE CRISIS SENT 2WARDS US.

  6. thanks GOD i am a druz. no matter what they say we are the truth and every one knows this fact but they lie on their selves. many people hope to be druze but no way for there hopes .its too late in the history.

  7. DRUZE IS THE BEST ROLIGION IN THE WORLD

  8. radicalism , makes it hell for the rest of the world . walk in peace my friends. love you.

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