Revisiting the Druze politics in Palestine under British Colonial rule

Eduardo Wassim Aboultaif*

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There is an established literature which argues that the Druze of Palestine were either neutral during the Colonial period or supportive of the Zionist Agency and its plans. The aim of this research is to counter the Zionist narratives that promote the concept of Druze–Zionist cooperation. I argue that the Druze were supportive of the Palestinian-Arab cause, and they heavily participated in the anti-colonial activities of the Palestinians, politically and militarily. Their military participation was manifested in their participation in the events of 1929, 1936, and 1948. Politically, Sheikh Amin Tarif led the community in their stance against Zionism. This research will provide a new account and narrative for the Druze role in the events in mandatory Palestine, revealing their supportive stance to the Palestinian national struggle.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-253
Number of pages21
JournalArab Studies Quarterly
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2018


  • Arabs
  • British mandate
  • Druze
  • Israel
  • Palestine
  • Zionism


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