November 25, 2014
81% believe Israel is trying to harm status quo on Temple Mount.
A bullet hole in a door of the Jerusalem synagogue where two Palestinian terrorists killed four rabbis and a police officer, November 19, 2014. (photo credit:REUTERS)
An overwhelming majority of 68 percent of Israeli Arabs opposes the recent wave of terrorist attacks, while 77% prefer to live under Israeli rule rather than Palestinian, according to a recent poll by the Statnet research institute.
The poll, commissioned by Channel 10 and published on its website, also found that 84% of Israeli Arabs support Knesset members who condemned the attacks in Jerusalem, while fully 81% believe Israel is trying to harm the status quo on the Temple Mount.
Just 16% opposed the condemnation of the attacks by Arab MKs.
Yousef Makladeh, CEO of Statnet.co.il shared with The Jerusalem Post on Monday previously unreleased data, which broke down Arab support according to religion.
Of the Israeli Arabs who oppose the terrorist attacks, 88% were Druse, 80% Christian, and 64% Muslim.
Of the percentage of Arabs who prefer to live under Israeli rule: 70% were Druse, 57% Christian, and 49% Muslim. And those that preferred to live under the Palestinian Authority: 2% were Druse, 5% Christian, and 18% Muslim.
Makladeh said the poll was conducted from Thursday to Sunday and included phone interviews of 405 Israeli Arab citizens nationwide, not including east Jerusalem. The survey was conducted in Arabic and 39% of the respondents were men and 61% women.
The survey found that 42% of Arabs feel that they suffer from strong racism; 44% moderate racism; and 14% light racism.
Only 9% feel the state treats them equally; 52% semi-equally; and 39% not equally at all.
Prof. Sammy Smooha, a sociologist from the University of Haifa, told the Post that the survey’s findings appear reasonable.
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