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7 April 2016

The Druze women at the Ha'Carmel Market שוק הכרמל‎ Shuk Ha'Carmel

A market stall with Druze women kneading and making traditional flat bread

The Druze woman in the photograph above uses the soft circular cushion which she has placed over the cooked paper thin flat bread and she will use this to lift it up from the cooking apparatus without tearing it.

Usually on Thursday's and Friday's at the Ha'Carmel Marketשוק הכרמל Shuk Ha'Carmel it is possible to see a market stall being run by Druze women cooking traditional paper thin flat bread over a convex metal apparatus which resembles an up-side down wok.  Whilst one of the women kneads and cooks the bread the other assembles it into a sandwich with freshly prepared ingredients.

The Israeli Druze (Arabic: الدروز الإسرائيليون‎, Hebrew: דְּרוּזִים יִשְׂרְאֵלִים) are a unique religious minority of Arab descent located in Israel. In 2012, there were 130,600 Druze living in the country.   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 Defence Forces.  Members of the community have attained top positions in Israeli politics and public service.  They live mainly in the north of the country.
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