Thursday, March 31, 2011

Poll: Jews Support Stripping Palestinians in Israel of Basic Rights

TEL AVIV, March 31, 2011 (WAFA) - A poll by the Mina Tzemech institute shows that Jewish youth in Israel no longer believe in democracy and that they support revoking the rights of Palestinians living in Israel.
The study, which was funded by Friedrich Ebert, included issues such as nationalism, democracy and attitudes towards Israel’s public institutions.
It found that 60% of the Jews would rather be governed by a national leadership as opposed to the law, and nearly half support canceling the rights of the Palestinians living in Israel (Arab Israelis), mainly terminating their rights to vote in the Knesset.
When asked about their perspective of safety with Palestinians living amongst them, 25% said they hated them while 12% said they fear them.
The poll also found that the Israeli army is supported and trusted by 93% of respondents, 65% have faith in the Israeli police, and belief in state officials went from 38% in 1999 to 43% in 2010.
An analysis of the data in the poll demonstrates the majority’s conviction that the Arab-Jewish conflict is the biggest threat to Israel, while in 1998, 44% said the divide between secular and religious Jews was the biggest threat to Israel’s security.
According to the poll, the Jewish fear from Arabs in Israel has led to a rise in support for right-wing parties, while the Israeli left has been closer to extinction in recent years. 
Source: Wafa news

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