MembersAtta Farhat, a Zionist Druze

If it wasn’t for his Arabic-sounding name, Atta Farhat, head of the Druze Zionist Council, could be easily mistaken for a member of the right-wing Jewish Home party.

By Tsvi Sadan |
Atta Farhat
DRUZE FOR THE JEWS: Farhat and his Druze brothers throw in their lot with the State of Israel Photo: Atta Farhat

His January 5th Facebook post on the manslaughter conviction of Sgt. Elor Azaria for killing a wounded Palestinian terrorist makes the point.

“I have seen some statements that make me sick,” he wrote. “What is all this about a moral army and purity of arms? Last time I checked, countries with serious armies don’t have such delirium. Arms were never pure. They’re designed to kill the enemy, and the army’s sole purpose is to prepare for war and annihilate that enemy. Such wavering would cause any army to fail.”


Farhat is himself a retired Israeli army officer with the rank of major.


The Druze Zionist Council that he heads was established in 2011 by the Jewish Agency, which makes Farhat a member of the Agency’s Board of Governors. It is a common misconception to see the Druze as Arabs and Muslims of some sort. They are neither...

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