Recent poll reveals steep rise in racist views against Arabs in Israel; many
participants feel hatred, fear when overhearing Arabic, 75 percent don’t
approve of shared apartment buildings
‘Marriage to an Arab is national treason’
Roee Nahmias Published: 03.27.07, 19:55 / Israel News
Over half of the Jewish population in Israel believes the marriage of a Jewish
woman to an Arab man is equal to national treason, according to a recent
survey by the Geocartography Institute.
The survey, which was conducted for the Center Against Racism, also found
that over 75 percent of participants did not approve of apartment buildings
being shared between Arabs and Jews. Sixty percent of participants said they
would not allow an Arab to visit their home.
Five hundred Jewish men and women participated in the poll, which was published
According to the survey, racism against Arabs in Israel has seen a sharp
rise since a similar survey was conducted two years ago.
In 2006, 247 racist acts against Arabs were reported, as opposed to 225 one
About 40 percent of participants agreed that “Arabs should have their right
to vote for Knesset revoked”. The number was 55 percent lower in the previous
survey. Also, over half of the participants agreed that Israel should encourage
its Arab citizens to immigrate from the country.
Over half of the participants said they would not want to work under the
direct management of an Arab, and 55 percent said “Arabs and Jews should
be separated at entertainment sites”.
‘Arab culture inferior’
Participants were asked what they felt when they overheard someone speaking
Arabic. Thirty-one percent said they felt hatred, while 50 percent said they
Over 56 percent of participants said they believed that Israel’s Arab citizens
posed both a security and a demographic threat to the country.
When asked what they thought of Arab culture, over 37 percent replied, “The
Arab culture is inferior.”
“The Center Against Racism has set itself a goal to monitor all racial incidents
against Arab citizens, and to fight racism as much as possible under the
law through public action,” the center’s annual report said.
Bachar Ouda, the center's director, said the survey’s findings were worrisome,
and urged the government to intervene in the situation.
“We call on the education minister to take the gloves off and deal with the
issue seriously, because it is dangerous to coexistence. We call on the state
prosecutions office, and the attorney general to take action,” Ouda said.