03.04.2011 28.Adar ll, 5771
Carmel mountain village offers kosher experience to give visitors a glimpse of the community’s way of life.
In the Druse village of Usfiya high in the Carmel are seven houses with a feature quite uncommon in Arab houses: a kashrut certificate on the kitchen wall.
The houses are part of a project for tourists launched 10 years ago by the organization Nations and Flavors. The houses host groups of visitors who come to experience authentic Druse hospitality, an experience that for most is limited to Druse restaurants in the North or stalls selling Druse pita with labaneh.
According to Ihab Zidane, a 30-year-old native of Usfiya who often hosts these groups, the experience allows for visitors to gain a more intimate look at the Druse community. Members of a secretive religion that is an offshoot of Islam, Druse number around 100,000 and live in a half a dozen villages in the Galilee and Golan. In spite of their loyalty to the state, most Jewish Israelis have only the most basic understanding of the Druse….