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Journal of No. 118


October 24th, 2012

Via talk_politics - Israeli poll @ 07:02 am


Haaretz has gone behind a paywall, but the Guardian reports on the results of a recent poll in Israel. While certainly the current situation in Israel and the Occupied Territories is unusual in a variety of ways, I think the results show the dangers of a population considering themselves exceptional.
More than two-thirds of Israeli Jews say that 2.5 million Palestinians living in the West Bank should be denied the right to vote if the area was annexed by Israel, in effect endorsing an apartheid state...

...58% believe Israel already practises apartheid against Palestinians...

A third want Arab citizens within Israel [my emphasis; these are Israeli citizens] to be banned from voting in elections to the country's parliament. Almost six out of 10 say Jews should be given preference to Arabs in government jobs, 49% say Jewish citizens should be treated better than Arabs, 42% would not want to live in the same building as Arabs and the same number do not want their children going to school with Arabs.

Almost half the poll's respondents said Israeli Arabs should be transferred to the Palestinian Authority...


Obviously, since some of the figures hover around half the population, the results have also been met with dismay and criticism by many within Israel: 'A commentary by Gideon Levy, which accompanied the results of the poll, described the findings as disturbing. "Israelis themselves … are openly, shamelessly and guiltlessly defining themselves as nationalistic racists,"
"It's good to live in this country, most Israelis say, not despite its racism, but perhaps because of it. If such a survey were released about the attitude to Jews in a European state, Israel would have raised hell. When it comes to us, the rules don't apply."'

Etymological note: ghetto "was originally used in Venice derived from the word Borghetto, meaning Little Borgo, a cluster of homes and buildings often outside Italian city walls, to describe the area where Jews, tradespeople or agricultural workers were compelled to live."
 
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Journal of No. 118