Poll: Jews hated across Mideast, except by Israeli Arabs

Monday, February 15, 2010 |  Israel Today Staff

The Pew Research Center's annual Global Attitudes survey published this month had some unsurprising numbers in regards to Israel, the most prominent being that the vast majority of people in the Middle East hate Jews and the Jewish state.

But the poll also revealed some surprises, most notably that the non-Jews that live closest to Jews - the Israeli Arabs - have a generally positive view of Jews.

International media tries to paint a picture that Israel and the Jews are only disliked because they "stole" land from the Palestinian Arabs, and that the rest of the region would get alone fine with the Jewish state if that land was surrendered.

But in nations that Israel has given land to and that are officially at peace with the Jewish state hatred for Jews was actually at its highest.

Ninety-seven percent of respondents in Jordan and 95 percent in Egypt said they do not like Jews. A similar number of Palestinians, Israel's ostensible peace partners, expressed the same view. Taking it a step further, a majority in both Jordan and Egypt said they fully back Hamas and Hizballah, the two terrorist groups that have done the most harm to Israel in recent years.

By contrast, 56 percent of Israeli Arabs, the non-Jews supposedly living under harsh oppression in the Jewish state, said they hold positive views of their Jewish countrymen.

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