Study: 40 percent of Palestinians hold suicide attacks are justified

Thursday, May 02, 2013 |  Tommy Mueller

Four out of ten Muslims in the Palestinian-controlled territories are of the opinion that suicide attacks against civilians in defense of Islam are justified.

This shocking revelation was part of a study by the Pew Research Center in Washington, DC. For the representative study nearly 1,000 adult Palestinians were surveyed. Worldwide, the study was conducted in 39 Muslim countries. Nowhere were suicide bombers so accepted as among the Palestinians.

The investigation also showed that 89 percent of Palestinians want Islamic Sharia as their official civil law, and 87 percent were of the opinion that a wife must always obey her husband.

Only 16 percent of Palestinians Muslims surveyed said that they are familiar with the Christian faith and the practices of local Christians. Despite Christian claims to the contrary, the Palestinian Christian community is paid little, if any, positive attention by the Muslim majority, which largely views the Christians as dhimmi, or second-class citizens.

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