Unit of the Minorities
The Unit of the Minorities is an Arabic-speaking unit of the
Israel Defense Forcesfounded during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. The Minorities Unit is currently believed to be of brigadestrength and is considered an elite, professional organization.
The unit was formed in the early summer of 1948 by incorporating a unit of
Druzedefectors from the Arab Liberation Armyand small numbers of Bedouin. The unit was attached to the Oded Brigadeand fought in Operation Hiramin October 1948. It has fought in every war since.
Most members of the unit, including officers, are believed to be Druzes. Other members include Bedouin and
Circassionsoldiers and some Christian Arabs. The unit has produced several generals.
The Minorities Unit has a small, elite
Sayeretspecial forces branch.
*Parsons, Laila (2001). The Druze and the birth of Israel. In Eugene L. Rogan and Avi Shalim (Eds.). "The War for Palestine" (pp. 60-78). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-79476-5
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