Israeli newspaper Haaretz Tuesday published the troubling findings of a new survey looking at the views of Israeli Jews towards Arab citizens of the country. The study, headed by Tel Aviv University Professor Camil Fuchs, found that Jewish Israeli citizens overwhelmingly supported an apartheid regime, meaning that they want to see Israeli Arabs get different and worse treatment systematically in civil society than Israeli Jews. Haaretz reported on the findings:
The majority of the Jewish public, 59 percent, wants preference for Jews over Arabs in admission to jobs in government ministries. Almost half the Jews, 49 percent, want the state to treat Jewish citizens better than Arab ones; 42 percent don’t want to live in the same building with Arabs and 42 percent don’t want their children in the same class with Arab children. A third of the Jewish public wants a law barring Israeli Arabs from voting for the Knesset and a large majority of 69 percent objects to giving 2.5 million Palestinians the right to vote if Israel annexes the West Bank.
A sweeping 74 percent majority is in favor of separate roads for Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank. A quarter – 24 percent – believe separate roads are “a good situation” and 50 percent believe they are “a necessary situation.”
Almost half – 47 percent – want part of Israel’s Arab population to be transferred to the Palestinian Authority and 36 percent support transferring some of the Arab towns from Israel to the PA, in exchange for keeping some of the West Bank settlements.
The survey interviewed 503 Israelis from a spread of Jewish communities including secular, religious, ultra-Orthodox and former Soviet immigrants. Of these groups, the ultra-Orthodox held “the most extreme positions against the Palestinians,” with 83 percent supporting segregated roads. Haaretz notes that most of the Jewish Israelis interviewed (nearly 60 percent) already believe that a system of apartheid is in place in Israel. “Only 31 percent think such a system is not in force,” the study found.