Role: Spiritual leader of the Druze community in Israel
Mawafaq Tarif is the spiritual leader of the Druze community in Israel. Tarif was born in 1963 in the village of Julis in the Western Galilee. He is the grandson of Amin Tarif, who served as the head of the Druze community in Israel for 65 years. Mawafek Triff was appointed to the post after the death of Amin Tarif, who left no sons. Tarif serves as chairman of the Druze Religious Council in the Ministry of Justice and as Kadi Madhab in the Druze Religious Court of Appeals. In September 2016, he was elected President of the Druze Religious Court of Appeals. He graduated from Ono Academic College’s Faculty of Law. In April 2018, Tarif was chosen by the Ministerial Committee on Symbols and Ceremonies to light a torch at the Torch lighting ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel.