New Study: What Do Modern Israelite’s Think of Their Arab Counterparts?

The other week I came across an interesting study that you do not see everyday. The study set out to discover what Jewish Israeli citizens really felt/thought about their Arab counterparts in the region, and what they discovered was rather unsettling. Conducted by researchers at the Guttman Center for Public OpinionPolicy Research at the Israel Democracy Institute and PANELS Survey Institute, the online survey questioned over 500 Jewish Israeli residents living inside Israel on various social, economic and political topics in an effort to gauge the levels of racism as they might exist inside Jewish culture.

Here’s what the researchers discovered:

  • 37% of Jewish Israeli citizens say that it bothers them to have Arab pharmacists in Israel.
  • 40% of Jewish Israeli citizens say that it disturbs them to see Arab doctors and nurses inside Israeli hospitals.
  • 15% of Jewish Israeli citizens say that it bothers them to have Arab soccer players participating in or representing the Israeli National soccer team.
  • 27% of Jewish Israeli citizens think that is troublesome to have Arab judges sentencing Jewish people.
  • 43% of Jewish Israeli citizens report being disturbed by hearing people speak Arabic in public inside Israel.
  • 76% of Jewish Israeli citizens claim to be bothered that their sons or daughters had Arab friends of the opposite sex. 51% of them said that their son’s friendship with an Arab boy bothers them and  53% said that their daughters’s friendship with an Arab boy bothers them.
  • 80% of Jewish Israeli parents disprove of a romantic relationship between their daughter and an Arab boy.
  • 51% of Jewish Israeli citizens said that having Arab neighbors living in their neighborhood is bothersome.
  • 50% of Jewish Israeli citizens say they would refuse to rent an apartment or room to an Arab.
  • When asked “Do you think the following opinion is true or false? Most Jews are better than most Gentiles because they were born Jews.” 12% believe that this statement is very correct, 11% think it is correct, 25% are undecided and say that it is not very correct, and only 43% reject it completely.
  • 90% of respondents said that they believe everyone in the world should know as much as possible about the Holocaust. But, 70% of respondents claim they knew nothing about the Rwandan genocide and/or had never heard of it before and 80% of respondents claim they knew nothing about the Cambodian genocide and/or had never heard of it before.

Source – TV News 10 in Israeli: https://www.10.tv/news/177921

 



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