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Survey: Most Israeli Jews would support apartheid regime in Israel


This is sad.  

Apartheid: “apartness” or “separateness”: Policy of racial segregation and political and economic discrimination: a former policy of segregation and political and economic discrimination against non-European groups in the Republic of South Africa.

Survey, conducted by Dialog on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, exposes anti-Arab, ultra-nationalist views espoused by a majority of Israeli Jews.

Most of the Jewish public in Israel supports the establishment of an apartheid regime in Israel if it formally annexes the West Bank. A majority also explicitly favors discrimination against the state’s Arab citizens, a survey shows. The survey, conducted by Dialog on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, exposes anti-Arab, ultra-nationalist views espoused by a majority of Israeli Jews.

The majority of the Jewish public, 59 percent, wants preference for Jews over Arabs in admission to jobs in government ministries.

Almost half the Jews, 49 percent, want the state to treat Jewish citizens better than Arab ones; 42 percent don’t want to live in the same building with Arabs and 42 percent don’t want their children in the same class with Arab children.

A third of the Jewish public wants a law barring Israeli Arabs from voting for the Knesset and a large majority of 69 percent objects to giving 2.5 million Palestinians the right to vote if Israel annexes the West Bank.

A sweeping 74 percent majority is in favor of separate roads for Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank. A quarter – 24 percent – believe separate roads are “a good situation” and 50 percent believe they are “a necessary situation.”

Almost half – 47 percent – want part of Israel’s Arab population to be transferred to the Palestinian Authority and 36 percent support transferring some of the Arab towns from Israel to the PA, in exchange for keeping some of the West Bank settlements.

Although the territories have not been annexed, most of the Jewish public (58 percent ) already believes Israel practices apartheid against Arabs. Only 31 percent think such a system is not in force here. Over a third (38 percent ) of the Jewish public wants Israel to annex the territories with settlements on them, while 48 percent object.

The survey distinguishes among the various communities in Israeli society – secular, observant, religious, ultra-Orthodox and former Soviet immigrants. The ultra-Orthodox, in contrast to those who described themselves as religious or observant, hold the most extreme positions against the Palestinians. An overwhelming majority (83 percent ) of Haredim are in favor of segregated roads and 71 percent are in favor of transfer.

The ultra-Orthodox are also the most anti-Arab group – 70 percent of them support legally barring Israeli Arabs from voting, 82 percent support preferential treatment from the state toward Jews, and 95 percent are in favor of discrimination against Arabs in admission to workplaces.

The survey indicates that a third to half of Jewish Israelis want to live in a state that practices formal, open discrimination against its Arab citizens. An even larger majority wants to live in an apartheid state if Israel annexes the territories. The survey conductors say perhaps the term “apartheid” was not clear enough to some interviewees. However, the interviewees did not object strongly to describing Israel’s character as “apartheid” already today, without annexing the territories.

Only 31 percent objected to calling Israel an “apartheid state” and said “there’s no apartheid at all.” In contrast, 39 percent believe apartheid is practiced “in a few fields”; 19 percent believe “there’s apartheid in many fields” and 11 percent do not know.

Full report can be read at Haaretz

In light of the treatment they themselves experienced at the hands of others during ww2, its a mystery to me how such a high percentage of the population could desire (and support) racial discrimination and all the other aspects of an apartheid regime.  I find it to be a real tragedy.   

5 comments on “Survey: Most Israeli Jews would support apartheid regime in Israel

  1. What were the survey results from the Arabs on the West Bank, as to their preferences to the same questions about the Jews. Come on PJ at least try to be somewhat fair when you post your anti jewish propaganda. Try to keep in mind that Jesus came as a Jew while He walked the earth.

    • rick, my little argumentative friend, (and you do ‘love’ to argue) the fact that Jesus was a Jew has nothing whatsoever to do with the results of this survey, for the fact of the matter is, besides the small Messianic community living inside Israel and the equally small Christian Arab community which resides in Israel (see, Statistics on Christians in Israel- as of 2011), the remainder of the population are not believers in or followers of Jesus. So, as to your statement that we must “keep in mind Jesus came as a Jew”, how is that remotely connected to the results of the survey? Answer: its not.

      You ask me to be fair: The article (and survey) is what it is. It, the survey was conducted by Dialog: Dialog is headed by Tel Aviv University Prof. Camil Fuchs: a Jew. The survey was commissioned by the Yisraela Goldblum Fund: also Jewish. The questions were written by a group of academia-based peace and civil rights activists at Israel’s largest (Jewish) institution of higher learning, Tel Aviv University. And the results of the survey were published at a number of Jewish news sources, including the one linked to: Haaretz.

      So if you believe any of the Jews responsible for any part of this survey were “unfair” perhaps its best if you contact them.

  2. Rick has a point. It is well known that a majority of Arabs in the region would prefer the Jews leave altogether. I highly suspect that many on both sides would prefer to live apart.

    And PJ, just because the survey was commissioned by Jewish group does not mean it is free of bias. The Yisraela Goldblum Fund is a leftist organization that, like their counterparts in America, tend to blame Israel first. Here is a link to an article that raises questions about the survey claims.

    “Haaretz coverage of poll draws far-reaching conclusions about ‘apartheid’ views among Jewish Israelis, but data makes it hard to ascertain veracity of claims”
    http://www.timesofisrael.com/survey-highlights-anti-arab-attitudes-in-israel/

  3. Steve, God bless you brother, but rick only has one real point when he trolls my blog: to stir up trouble and to argue.

    I’ve been receiving argumentative and/or nasty comments from him for a long time. 99% of them i don’t even bother reading any more but automatically send them on to the trash folder.

    Discernment wasn’t even required to recognize his intent, for when someone only pops in once in a blue moon, and only comments under a topic which concerns Israel or politics in order to disagree, and ONLY has something negative to say (to me) concerning why i posted said topic, that’s evidence of an argumentative troll looking for a fight.

    As far as the article about the survey posted at Haaretz; Steve like i told rick, it is what it is.

    Like yourself, i post what interests me (and this did) in hopes it may interest someone else. Why it interested me was because for some time i have believed the Israeli government has indeed practiced a ‘form’ of apartheid, and have said as much here on the blog.

    What was interesting, was to stumble upon the fact that many Jews living in Israel today feel the same way. And that information didn’t come from this survey, but from talking with a number of Israeli Jews at various websites, including Israeli news websites.

    What the survey did, was only confirm what i’d been told by a number of these folks over the last 2 years: that was, their governments hard stand against non-Jewish citizens of Israel (discrimination, segregation, harassment, etc.), was being seen in not only the attitudes of orthodox Jews, (which was always there) but was starting to be seen within the Jewish population as a whole. They blame their government. And i’ve seen no reason to disagree with them.

    As i said, i find it very sad and tragic.

  4. […] PJ Miller posts about a survey that shows Israeli Jews support apartheid. This comes on the heels of a Twitter “discussion” I had with Dan Skogen, the author of the site Exposing the ELCA. The “discussion” was sparked by this post. Dan seems to think that Israel can do no wrong. Hmm, seems to me that apartheid is wrong and that the vast majority of Israeli Jews support apartheid, maybe Dan might want to rethink some of the drivel and bad theology he’s spouted the over the past week. […]

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