The International Friends of Israel’s Druze Veterans
in conjunction with leading Jewish organizations
and friends of Israel worldwide 

are proud to present:

The 1st Annual Global Week of Hakarat Hatov (Gratitude) to the Druze Defenders of Israel
#ShukranDruze2020
Feb 9-15, 2020

WHAT IS #ShukranDruze2020?

Join hundreds of individuals, families, schools, synagogues, community organizations, and churches in over fifty countries, on six continents, in saying “Shukran Druze” and celebrating the dedicated service of Israel’s valiant and loyal Druze community.

(Hakarat hatov, grateful recognition, is a central value in Judaism. Shukran is “Thank you” in Arabic – the native tongue of the Druze community of Israel.)

There is no cost involved in participation in the Global Week of Hakarat Hatov.

There will be no direct solicitation.

  • Grab our logo – take a picture – post it to social media – Yes, it’s that simple!
    Don’t forget to tell us where you are from!!
  • Raise a glass with co-workers, family or friends and say “Thank You – Shukran – Todah!” Yes, it’s that simple!
  • Take a moment to record a message of gratitude and post it to social media.  Yes, it’s that simple!

It will take you 15-30 seconds to make an entire community feel our global gratitude!

WHY PARTICIPATE?

Valiant. Loyal. Fearless. They defend Israel daily – they deserve our thanks.

The Druze of Israel are a tiny yet fiercely loyal minority who serve with pride and dignity and have sacrificed 505 of their brethren in the defense of Israel – with over 1,500 wounded. Out of a community of just 120,000 those are huge, unfortunate, and very telling numbers.

Most of Israel’s friends around the globe do not know about the Druze community and its special relationship with the State of Israel.  This recognition is long overdue, and it is the reason for the creation of the Global Week of Hakarat Hatov – #ShukranDruze2020.

Since even before the modern State of Israel was established, members of the Druze community have been serving proudly alongside Jews as soldiers, as first responders, and inall of the other arms of Israel’s security establishment.

  • In 2014, when Jews were being massacred during their prayers at a synagogue in Jerusalem’s Har Nof neighborhood, it was an off-duty Druze police officer who ran in to stop the terrorist.
  • When Israel launched Operation Protective Edge in 2014 to curb terrorism from Gaza, a Druze commander led the ground battle.
  • In 2017, two Israeli police officers were killed while defending tourists on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. Both officers were Druze.
  • Israel’s Presidential Military Liaison is Druze.
  • The commander responsible for cross-border goodwill with Gaza is Druze.
  • The Surgeon General of the Israel Defense Forces is Druze.
  • Many other senior leaders in Israel’s security and judiciary infrastructure, past and present, are Druze.

WHY THIS WEEK?

February 9-15, 2020 corresponds to the Torah portion of Yitro, read in Jewish synagogues worldwide, in which the Druze ancestor, Yitro (Jethro), offers command & control advice to his son-in-law Moshe (Moses) – laying the foundation for the Western-democratic legal systems to this day.


HOW DO I PARTICIPATE?

For the Individual or Family:

  • Grab our logo – take a picture – post it to social media – Yes, it’s that simple!
    Don’t forget to tell us where you are from!!
  • Take a moment to record a message of gratitude and post it to social media.  Yes, it’s that simple!
  • Recruit others to participate! Yes, it’s that simple!

For the Organization or Community:

  • Give a lecture, include the topic in a sermon, raise a glass, and say “thank you.”
  • Contribute thoughts (text, audio, or video) on any or all of the five points above.
  • Issue a short statement of support for the Global Week of Hakarat Hatov to your mailing list and on social media using the hashtags

#ShukranDruze2020        #ShukranDruze        #ThankYouDruze2020

WHAT IS THE MESSAGE?

The Global Week of Hakarat Hatov to the Druze Defenders of Israel presents several educational opportunities.

Five points to consider:

* The relationship between Yitro and Moshe and its universal role in the essential precedent of modern democracy

* The heroism of Israeli-Druze soldiers and first responders

* The important Jewish value of Hakarat Hatov

* The welcome presence and unaddressed needs of the Druze community (see http://www.druzevets.org/DTEC)

* Opening the discourse about Israel to include an apolitical focus on what can be done to build and strengthen this Arabic-speaking minority

 

#ShukranDruze2020        Yes, it’s that simple!

#ShukranDruze2020        Because it’s the right thing to do!

 

Register HERE
or send us an e-mail to
love@druzevets.org

#ShukranDruze2020