Druze Activist Honored for Outstanding Contribution to Israeli Society

Koftan Halabi, a leading figure in Israel’s Druze community and the founder of DTEC – the Technological Institute for the Empowerment of the Druze Soldier was among the proud recipients of the esteemed 2023 Volunteer Award. President Isaac Herzog presented the awards during a ceremony at the President’s Residence, honoring individuals whose contributions to Israeli society have been truly exceptional.

Halabi, over the past few years, has emerged as an agent of change, leading a technological revolution within the Druze community. Historically, the Druze of Israel has demonstrated a strong commitment to serving in the IDF, with many bravely sacrificing their lives in defense of the nation. However, their integration into civil life, particularly in the business and technology sectors, has been a more gradual process. DTEC, under Halabi’s stewardship, is fostering the economic development of young Druze and streamlining their assimilation into mainstream Israeli society.

On being honored, a humble Halabi shared, “This is an exciting step, but for me, it’s just the beginning of the road.”

Halabi’s influential work extends beyond DTEC. With a notable stint in the Prime Minister’s Office and roles as a senior adviser to ministers and Knesset members, his unwavering commitment to Israel is remarkable. This commitment also manifests in his international efforts to combat BDS-promoting organizations and other entities launching attacks on Israel.

The illustrious list of Volunteer Award recipients features inspiring figures such as Oren Or Bittoun, founder of “Trauma 4 Good,” an association providing aid to army veterans grappling with PTSD; Amal Abu Elkum, a Bedouin activist dedicated to supporting at-risk youth, the elderly, and families in crisis; and David Hager, a Californian resident who has championed the draft of ultra-orthodox youth through Friends of Nahal Haredi, promoting unity in Jewish society.

Israel, with its rich tapestry of cultures and religions, thrives on such diverse contributions. Each volunteer, from Nisim Bar El, empowering women to gain financial independence through Yozmot Atid, to Yam Karp, bridging the generational gap between youth and Holocaust survivors, embodies the spirit of unity, resilience, and innovation that fuels the nation.

Israel’s narrative is one of perseverance, progress, and of unyielding unity. It’s through the dedication and selflessness of volunteers like Koftan Halabi that Israel continues to move forward, breaking down barriers, fostering inclusivity, and nurturing a society rooted in shared values and mutual respect. Israel’s enduring spirit, its thriving democracy, and its commitment to a prosperous and harmonious future serve as an inspiration to nations worldwide. Let us continue to celebrate the strength, resilience, and unity of Israel and its people. To a future as remarkable as our past – Am Yisrael Chai!