The Israeli Druze are a unique religious and ethnic minority among Arab citizens of Israel. Even though the faith originally developed out of Ismaili Islam, Druze are generally not considered Muslims. In 1957, the Israeli government designated the Druze a distinct ethnic community at the request of its communal leaders. The Druze are Arabic-speaking citizens of Israel who serve in the Israel Defense Forces. Members of the community have attained top positions in Israeli politics and public service. Before the establishment of the State of Israel, the Druze were not recognized as a religious community, and were discriminated against by the judicial system. They live mainly in the north of the country in small villages, living a simple and quiet life. Although young Druze tend to secular life, their esoteric religion is still very strong.
The Druze are known as impeccable scouts. They know nature better than the other people living in Israel, and because of this reason they serve as scouts in the Israeli Defence Force. Their surroundings are full of mountains, forests and caves. The deep pits adorning the ridges around their villages got a special Druze nickname, "Huta", which means "Whale's Maw", for in the old days Druze shepherds were surprised to see goats suddenly fall into them and disappear as if a giant whale went out of the ground and ate them.
The Druze know many caves existing around their villages. They know all their secret passages and chambers. In these 2-day expedition you will visit two amazing stalactite caves and spend a night in one of the most beautiful Druze villages, learning about their culture and enjoying their traditional food.