Sixty two and a half percent of the Arab citizens of Israel believe that Jews are a foreign imprint and are destined to be replaced by Palestinian.
Authors of University of Haifa Jewish Arab center survey say results show worsening divide over past decade in Jewish Arab relations in Israel
Sixty two and a half percent of the Arab citizens of Israel believe that Jews are a foreign imprint on the Middle East and are destined to be replaced by Palestinians. 61.4 per cent believe that Israel has no right to exist as a Jewish state, according to a nationwide survey scheduled for release on Sunday.
The 2010 Arab Jewish relations survey, compiled by Professor Sami Smocha in collaboration with the Jewish-Arab center at the University of Haifa, presents what its authors describe as a worrying decline in relations between Jews and Arabs in Israel over the past decade.
The survey found that the percentage of Arab Israelis who believe cash compensation and settlement in the Palestinian state is a solution to the right of return for Palestinian refugees dropped from 72.2 per cent in 2003 to 40 per cent in 2010. Also, the percentage who support the use of violence to advance Arab causes climbed from 6 per cent in 1995 to 11.5 per cent in 2010.
The survey was compiled from 711 face-to-face interviews done with Druse, Arab, and Beduin citizens of Israel over the age of 18. The Jewish portion was based on telephone interviews in Hebrew and Russian conducted with 700 Jews from across Israel.
Among Arabs, 71 per cent said they blame Jews for the hardships suffered by Palestinians during and after the “Nakba” in 1948, and the survey also found that the percentage of Arabs taking part in Nakba day commemorations rose from 12.9 per cent in 2003 to 36.1 per cent in 2010. In addition, 37.8 per cent of Arabs polled in the survey said they don’t believe that millions of Jews were the victims of a campaign of genocide waged by Nazi Germany.
Source: Jerusalem Post.