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The taste of Druze culture | IJN

Diana Breter

TThe aroma of cardamom coffee drifts from the spice shop. Teenage girls go home from school, wearing jeans, Blundstone boots, and traditional veils and skirts. There is a cell phone store near a store that sells traditional pastry mockups, and there are hip graffiti on the walls nearby.

Sam Harabi near the dining room table in his childhood home.

The town of Deleuze, Daliat El Carmel (also known as Dariyat Al Carmel), is what Deputy Mayor Nishim Abuhamad calls “a mixture of modernity based on Deleuze’s culture and traditions.”

At one end of the town is a star and a large Druze flag in five colors. At the other end is a sign with the hashtag #Daliyatelcarmel.

The mix of new and old created a unique brand in this town of Deleuze, Israel.

Daliat el-Carmel began as a small settlement on the Carmel Forest Hill. In fact, as you climb the winding roads in the woods, you’ll come across a temporary kiosk that sells large, paper-thin Druze pitas, olive oil, and other Druze dishes.

It gives the town an idyllic feel, but Abu Hamad states that “it will soon be registered as a city with a population of 18,000 and is predominantly Druze.”

The soon-to-be-built city has also embarked on a renewal project to improve the quality of life, education, culture, health and infrastructure of the city.

Every Saturday, Daliat el-Carmel is packed with visitors to the outdoor market that stretches along the main street. It’s not crowded on weekdays, but it’s just as attractive.

People visit art galleries and shops to sample food.

In the heart of downtown Knafeh is an angel-haired pastry made from crushed pistachio nut-topped and rose-water-sprinkled Akawi cheese (originally named after the city of Acre). is known.

Nasreen Halabi, Director of Business Development at Daliatel-Carmel, accompanied Rabie Hasse, Director of Local Government for Strategic Planning, on a walking tour.

During the walk, Husse said, “We are about to become’glocal’, which means we want to help people locally and attract people globally.”

THe is a Druze number of about 1 million people worldwide. Although their religion is a branch of Islamic monotheism, the Druze do not consider themselves Muslims.

There are about 143,000 Druze factions in Israel. “Israel’s Druze is the most successful Druze group in the world,” said Majd Halabi, Chief of Staff of the City Hall.

They are loyal Israeli citizens and usually choose to serve in the military and serve the Israeli police.

The municipality is working hard to attract as many visitors as possible to Daliat El Carmel. Last March, 1,500 runners participated in the first half marathon around the city.

Festivals such as performances, music and art exhibitions are held from January to spring and autumn.

Visitors don’t have to struggle to get to the studio of the local artist Sam Harabi. Follow the sidewalks decorated with squares of various colors to the shop windows studded with the characteristic colors of Paravi.

“I was born after nine girls,” says Harabi. “My parents didn’t stop until my son was born.”

He has loved art since he was five years old.

“When I was little, my mother sent me to a local market. I was looking at women’s traditional white Drews headscarf designs,” he said. “I went home and drew the designs, then she sewed them on a singer sewing machine.”

He saved some of her embroidered scarves for use in one of his next art projects.

“When I was a kid, everything looks bright in color,” he said, explaining why his art is so colorful.

In part of the studio, Harabi has a dining table display set up for four from his childhood home.Everything is soaked in paint, giving the impression of Mrs. Havisham’s house in the novel. Great heritageHowever, instead of a spider web, there is a brightly colored splash.

OSheikh Amin Truffle Street, also in the center of town, is a rose with gallery displaying Manor Calife paintings.

“I’m painting with acrylic and watercolor. I’m not left-handed, but I’m sketching with my left hand,” Harife said.

“I want to make a connection between me and the audience, even without me,” she added, adding that her artwork is a way of expressing “my identity as a Druze woman.” rice field.

Other artists with studios along the street include Fadi Hamoudi, who takes pictures of the galaxy, and Ghadeer Malak, who paints black and white. There are also stores that sell traditional Deleuze crafts.

“We’re not going back in time,” said Majd Halabi of the City Hall. “I can’t go back. I want to move forward.”

All the people I met were proud of their heritage and their city.

“I love this place and I support anything that helps move it forward,” said Nasreen Halabi. “And we also need to support the next generation.”