The family portraits and icons of an Aramaic speaking man in Ma’aloula. He was also a member of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party, and was a member of the military. While speaking about his past, he bragged about fighting against Israel alongside Egyptian soldiers in 1973. He says, one night as a prank they hung a dead Israeli on a spit and roasted the corpes alongside a sheep, tricking their fellow soldiers into thinking they were eating human flesh.
Ma’aloula is a village built into the side of a mountain is historically Christian and with many churches, monasteries and convents. It is also one of the last Aramaic speaking communities in the world. It has not had any sectarian or revolutionary violence though there have been incidences of small groups trying to incite protests and calls to religious fighting. The muslim and christian communities have been working together to try and keep calm though.