Sheikh Mowafaq Tarif is the current spiritual leader of the Druze community in Israel. Tarif was born in 1963 in the city of Julis. Since 1753, his family has been leading the Druze community in Mandatory Palestine and then Israel. In 1993, he inherited the position of spiritual leader from his grandfather, Shaykh Amin Tarif.
Sheikh Moafaq Tarif has a significant relationship with leaders and influencers of the Middle East, in order to achieve peace and a quieter lifestyle. Also, the Sheikh is an activist regarding the Syrian crisis, especially maintaining minorities rights, and the struggle to fight terror attacks on ethnic backgrounds, among his activism he visited the United Nations, the United States Department of State, the United States National Security Council, and the White House. In April 2018, he was chosen to participate in the Torch-lighting Ceremony among the celebrations of Israel’s 70th independence anniversary, for his pursuit of peace, and him being a symbol of solidarity and co- existence among the many sectors in Israel.
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