Head of Lebanese Democratic Party, MP Talal Arslan leaves the Parliament in Beirut, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Democratic Party chief Talal Arslan criticized the media Friday for depicting Syria's Druze as weak and in need of protecting, instead warning that any attack on Swaida would be suicidal."There is a conspiracy in the Arab media, supported by Israel and the West, to distort the image of Druze in Syria and say that they are weak and fearful," said Arslan, who heads Lebanon's second strongest Druze political grouping. He remarks came during in a news conference held in response to the reported killing of at least 20 Druze civilians Wednesday by Nusra Front militants in the village of Qalb Lozeh in Idlib, northwest Syria. With regard to Wednesday's "slaughtering" of Druze civilians, Arslan said the actions were orchestrated by Israel to create strife between Druze and Sunnis.After reports of the killings emerged, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin told the top U.S military commander, Gen. Martin Dempsey, that Syria's Druze were under threat and should be protected.
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