In his 1994 book, Krishna, Israel and the Druze, Dhira Govinda dasa
writes that when Krishna devotees performed harinama (chanting and dancing
in praise of God) on the streets of Jerusalem, the orthodox Jews would come
out and harass them.
The Druze, a mystical Arab sect, on the other hand, respond favorably. The Druze believe in reincarnation, and have a concept of their religious leader or sheikh, being similar to a shaktya-avesha-avatar, or an empowered representative of God.
Dhira Govinda dasa writes that Druze women are allowed to be college-educated, but he also writes (favorably) that they are still chaste and protected, like in the ancient Vedic civilization.
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