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Post by party animal - not! on Sun Sep 21 2014, 14:37

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Re: Amal's cousins in Lebanon threatened......

Post by Katiedot on Sun Sep 21 2014, 15:08

So not actually Amal's cousins, just people who share the same religion as her father (but not her)

Amal's cousins threatened as UN withdraws in south Syria

Jim Cusack

Published 21/09/2014

The small ethnic group from which George Clooney's international lawyer fiancee Amal Alamuddin comes is under increasing threat from Islamist extremists following last week's United Nations - and Irish - military withdrawal from southern Syria.

Some 18,000 members of the Druze community in the Golan Heights border area between Israel and Syria were last week under siege by the al-Qaeda affiliated al-Nusra front.

The Islamist extremists, who have murdered members of other religious and ethnic minorities in Syria, last week seized the main Druze town of Hadar as the 1,200 UN troops withdrew to the safety of Israel.

Ms Alamuddin's family are from Beirut in Lebanon, but the tight-knit Druze community, of around two million worldwide, is closely watching events on the Golan - one of its historic religious and cultural heartlands - with increasing concern.

The Druze, whose women prize education, wear Western clothes and drive cars, are regarded as heretic by the Islamist al-Nusra whose leader Abu Muhammad al-Jolani is from the Golan area and is seeking to establish a strict Islamic regime there.

There are no journalists inside the Druze areas on the Syrian side of the border under al-Nusra control, but relatives living in Israel said they had heard killings were taking place.

Last week the Daily Star newspaper in Lebanon reported that there was "widespread fear that the group's very existence would be at stake if the Nusra Front seeks to crush it as part of its quest for more territory".

There are an estimated 700,000 Druze living across Syria. The community, an off-shoot of Shia Islam, has a strong democratic tradition and members serve in government and the armed forces in Syria, Israel and Lebanon.

Ms Alamuddin's family moved from Lebanon during the civil war in the late 1980s and settled in London. She graduated from Oxford University and - before being cast into the Hollywood spotlight - built a career as a top international lawyer.

The UN force inside Syria did not have protection of the local Druze in its mandate, but former members say this became part of its operational ethos as the new border drawn at the end of the 1974 Middle Eastern War divided the community and families.

The UN generally did what it could to help the community and facilitate movement and trade through the otherwise closed border. This has now ended with al-Nusra's seizure of the main crossing at Quneitra three weeks ago.

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Re: Amal's cousins in Lebanon threatened......

Post by Way2Old4Dis on Sun Sep 21 2014, 15:12

Another sham headline.

Nothing to do with her or her family explicitly.

Truthful Headline: Anybody with Family Living in Embattled Middle East Has Reason to be Worried

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Re: Amal's cousins in Lebanon threatened......

Post by party animal - not! on Sun Sep 21 2014, 15:24

So very true, Way2. Really surprised at the Independent. Really good paper. And guess what? I read it, and learned a bit more!

So maybe the look worked........

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Post by party animal - not! on Sun Sep 21 2014, 15:25

Oops. That was supposed to be hook!

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