Do Israeli Jews really want to expel Arabs? The (huge) holes in the Pew survey

UK news outlets have been highlighting the results to one question in a comprehensive new Pew Research Center Poll about Israeli society suggesting that ‘Nearly half of Jewish Israelis want to expel Arabs’.

Nathan Jeffay, Senior Columnist and Contributing Editor of the New York Jewish Week and Israel Correspondent for the Australian Jewish News, has written an interesting analysis on the poll for The Jewish Chronicle.  

Jeffay criticizes the methodology and the way the question about ‘Arab transfer’ was worded in Hebrew.

Every opinion pollster hopes that their survey will generate a strong headline, and when Pew released its magnum opus on Israel this week, it certainly got its wish. One in two Israeli Jews want to see Arabs chased out of their country, it seems from the figures.

There is a worrying strain in Israeli society that believes in forcing Arabs to leave, but one in two Jewish citizens — seriously? This is off the chart compared to past surveys on similar topics. What, exactly, were people asked?

At first glance, the question seemed straightforward. People were asked if “Arabs should be expelled or transferred from Israel.” But this actually left a lot for the respondents to define for themselves.

Did they respond in relation to all Arabs, as one would gather from the way results have been presented? Or were they thinking about specific cases, such as Arabs who sympathise with terror or — as-per the policy that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is currently having checked by state lawyers — to move the families of terrorists who carry out attacks out of Israel?

Every respondent will have interpreted the question in their own way, which is bad planning by Pew because it needed just one more letter to make this aspect of the question clearer. The definite article is extremely important in Hebrew, and if Pew was interested in what Israeli Jews think about the presence of Arabs, it should have asked about “the Arabs” not “Arabs” — which would have required one extra letter, a hey.

Read the rest of the article, here.

Categories: Delegitmization

Tagged as: , ,

84 replies »

    • Seeing that Muslims are busy killing Muslims in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Yemen, Libya, Algeria, Fascist Iran, Pakistan, Turkey, Gaza, RamAllah,

      Islam seems to have a problem with Islam.

    • @John Kinory –

      RE: “Come on … tell us that Jooz want to commit genocide on the poor innocent Arabs.”

      Sorry to disappoint you but I DON’T think that’s true and so won’t say it. Guess you (along with Koufaxmitzvah and one or two others here) will just have to keep fantasizing about what I “believe” and then concocting phoney “quotes” – dishonestly attributing them to me – as the only way to bolster your shameful lies.

      • I guess it depends. It seems whenever an Israeli minister office or pro-Israel NGO releases numbers indicating the strong support “martyrs” receive for their actions that it’s a matter of Hasbara. Or as Miranda might say, Dirty Jewish Lies.

        Is Kate Shuttleworth in the house? Seeing as how Israel is an Occupying Force which killed the murderer of Jews who deserved to die because the Palestinians have rejected every state offer made by Israel….. The fun is just beginning.

        • So perhaps independent research is needed, then, because its numbers will be more easily received by the public if they’re not seen to be coming from the Israeli government itself? (That’s the case everywhere, independent statistics are trusted more than government statistics.)

        • @koufaxmitzvah –

          RE: “Or as Miranda might say, Dirty Jewish Lies.”

          But never HAS said and never would. Not that it’s likely to make any difference to the stream of lies you – personally – seem to think it’s OK to post on UK MediaWatch about what I “say” and “think” and “support” by fabricating tripe of this defamatory kind.

          It really is very lucky for you that Adam doesn’t moderate BTL hate-speech in the way he spent years demanding of Guardian CiF articles, isn’t it, KFM …?

          • Did I say as Miranda might say? I did.

            Do you complain about Adam’s points on how the Western Media not only incites others to wish harm upon Israelis but doesn’t cover the news completely? Yes, you do.

            You do so to the point that 6 months have gone by involving near daily stabbings, and you still complain about how Adam highlights poor reporting tactics from Western European Journalists in Israel.

            So do I think you’re a callous bitch who is happy whenever an Israeli (or not… maybe just a Texan) is murdered in the streets of Israel because of Occupation? As opposed to because of incitement?

            Yes. I do. And I expressed myself as I am wont to do. Now, I read your shit, and I I define your shit in the way that I sense your intent and message.

            Peace is not one of those on point messages. Bashing Israel, however, is exactly your message. And of course, there’s your penchant to complain about American Jews Who Control Media and Banks with Hasbara.

            Funny how words come out to so little but mean so much.

      • This is for you Webber– you can drooling on it.
        This is our official peace partner doing everything to achieve peace – only we war mongering land-grabbing far right Zionists don’t let them living together with us. And notice the language – the residents of Tel-Aviv – Yafo together with the tourists – are settlers.

    • This website attracts 30,920 followers (via the email Sign Up button on the right frame).

      The Guardian distribution is a wee bit larger, is it not?

      How has Western Media covered the attacks in Israel yesterday, Gabriel? It’s not on the front page of LA Times or New York Times. What’s the result in Euroville?

        • Interesting. You mock what Adam does because he attracts a crowd (of 32k) while he puts the focus on the Guardians misinformation campaigns distributed to — what?– millions (?).

          Pick and choose your fights, Gabriel. Just don’t expect others to consider you the warrior you claim to be.

            • Speaking of media misinformation, will you join us in demanding that the BBC release the Balen report?


              “The Balen Report is a 20,000 word document written by the senior broadcasting journalist Malcolm Balen in 2004 after examining thousands of hours of the BBC’s coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “

              • Are you saying that ToI didn’t publish the same misinformation that this blog post is complaining about? Or are you just saying people don’t care because they have double standards?

                • I’m saying that this website is dedicated to Western European Media and that you complaining about it not including Israeli Media in its campaign of fighting disinformation means that you should create your own website to do so. Because you say it’s very important.

                  What’s disappointing here is you showing me again how you’re not so smart but rather in need of arguing.

                  Which is cool. Okay? Right on.

                  (I kid, of course, because I never really had any faith in you being a balanced observer by either definition of that term.)

                  • OK, but you think that the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (which is dedicated to Israel/ Palestine issues) is biased and racist because of its focus on Israel/ Palestine and not human rights in eg., Syria, Russia, China etc.

                    All I’m doing is asking what makes UK Media Watch different.

                    I look forward to your answer🙂

                    • I’m not sure what your question is.

                      When Palestinian Solidarity Campaign can criticize the Palestinians for stabbing Israelis then I might start taking their views seriously.

                      Is that what you want to know?

                      Seeing as how you’re a journalist, Gabriel, I’m expecting you to lead me with a question to give you the answer you so desire. And seeing as how you’re a journalist who relishes in “criticizing the Israeli state,” I expect you to be biased in the answer you wish to receive, going to the point of rewriting said answer so it infers what you wish it would.

                      Fun times with Gabriel! Will they ever end?

                    • OK, and when Adam Levick starts criticising the Israeli media, and not just everyone else, for inaccurate reporting, I might start taking his views seriously. How’s that for a comparison?

                    • Like I said earlier, you pick and choose your fights, Champ. Will 32,000 rabid Zionists change their perspective at your whim? Or shall the Guardian learn that inciting violence will further them down the rabbit hole they have developed over 15+ years of really shoddy headlines and reporting?

                      The difference between you and me is that I really care about people being murdered in the streets, while you seem to take to it as some form of entertainment value so that you can show the Zios how logic is done.

                      To which the general response from me has been, Oh Mighty Warrior of Bullshit, Go On and Fuck Yourself.

                      But you don’t like that answer. That answer isn’t good enough for you. And yet, that’s what you get.

                      Kind of like how we get you never sticking to the subject, or even entertaining anyone else’s perspective re Israel and Jewish self-determination.

                      The fun. The excitement. The Never Ending Story.

                      Oh well. It says here that Israel still exists, and it most certainly does, despite all your whining.

                    • Who says you can’t call me out on double standards? As for explaining myself, all I seem to do is explain myself.

                      Maybe you have a problem reading? Especially stuff that you don’t want to read?

                      Which brings me back to the main point about your involvement with this website and subject matters it raises…. If you object so much to the goings on here, why do you show up to start fights especially on days following, I dunno, 9 stabbings by Palestinian terrorists?

                      Sorry…. I meant to say the 3 murders of Palestinians who were in the process of stabbing people.

                      Because you’re such an important individual, I wanted you to understand that I get how insane you really are.

                      You’re also a bore, Gabriel. And if you don’t mind me adding, a complete dolt.

                      Now you tell me what you think of me. Oh… what fun!

                    • “I look forward to your answer :)”

                      Now see here, Gabriel. In this very thread, you said you looked forward to my answer and then when I gave you my answer you said that I shouldn’t spend my time communicating with you.

                      Don’t you think that’s a bit hypocritical? In fact, I’d rank it up there with the Palestinians claiming they want autonomy but then rejecting every peace deal coming their way because what they really want is for Israel to no longer exist.

                      Stupid people like you really are this idiotic, Gabriel. Maybe you should do a piece on that.

        • > Bogotá is the capital of Colombia.

          Islam is “The Religion of Peace” is an oxymoron.

          • Edward, mazel tov. You’ve managed to write the first comment in the history of language which combines the quality of being meaningless with the quality of being offensive. What an accomplishment.

            • Gabby,

              Do you think that Islam claiming it’s “the Religion of Peace” is great example of an oxymoron, especially after

              – 9/11
              – Pan Am 103
              – Metrojet
              – London transport bombings of 7/7/05
              – beheading of British soldier Lee Rigby on the streets of London
              – rallies led by the Supreme Ahole of Fascist Iran calling for death to America
              – Fort Hood massacre
              – San Bernardino
              – Charlie Hebdo
              – Bataclan
              – Nairobi Kenya mall massacre
              – Mumbi India massacre
              – death fatwas on writer Salman Rushdie
              – 250,000+ dead in the Syria/ISIS civil war
              – Luxor attack
              – Bali attack
              – Threats of 9/11 scale attacks on the UK and Eurabia by British Muslims

              Eternal Nakba to you and your family.

    • Webber you might have missed the title of this website it is “UK Media Watch”.
      Now does a smart graduate and freelance journalist like your self understand the concentration on the UK Media?
      If what Adam does, in your opinion, is illegitimate foreign interference, what constitutes legitimate foreign interference?

    • Where did Adam tell the UK Media how they should report a poll? It’s certainly not anywhere in the text. Perhaps you should stop rewriting others work. Repeating a claim someone didn’t make in order to refute it is the favored technique of the lowest sort of propagandist.

  1. Gabriel is pretty ornery this morning. It must be that spilled Jewish blood has given him the cravings to insist that everyone else is an asshole.

    Such a deep perspective, Gabriel. Many happy rectums!

      • Bellend the whining shit has appeared.
        Now I know what was causing the stench of hypocrisy mixed with Bullshit and chickenshit, Bellend has slithered out of the sewer.,

      • Are you dancing your happy dance now that another Bubba was murdered by your lovely Palestinian Freedom Fighters yesterday? I thought of you, Steve, when I read the news.

        Weird how the guy isn’t Jewish or Israeli but no doubt deserved it for being Texan…. Although, let’s face it, your moronic Palestinian martyr just saw a white dude.

        Time to remind you how much of a loser you are. It’s Huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge, as some may say. You’re the Gigantasarous Rex of Dumb.

  2. “OK, but you think that the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (which is dedicated to Israel/ Palestine issues) is biased and racist because of its focus on Israel/ Palestine and not human rights in eg., Syria, Russia, China etc.
    All I’m doing is asking what makes UK Media Watch different.”

    The truth .

    If I wrote on PSC web blog it wouldn’t get posted . Here, even the mighty Gabriel Webber gets a shout . His views get rebutted . Sometimes he influences . Other times he gets called an ignorant pillock . But searching for the truth is what makes this site different from PSC .The PSC is full of deceptions and lies . Hell bent on manifesting a distorted and manipulating story . Here stories are questioned and queried and contextualised .
    If you read the comments properly . You might learn just something new . This is to encourage you to use your noggin and go research matters properly whatever side of political spectrum you carry with you .

    Poll: 93% of Palestinians hold anti-Jewish beliefsGlobal survey by ADL reveals that almost half the world does not know that the Holocaust happened; suggests over 1 billion people are anti-Semitic
    May 13, 2014,

    “For the first time we have a real sense of how pervasive and persistent anti-Semitism is today around the world,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL national director. “The data from the Global 100 Index enables us to look beyond anti-Semitic incidents and rhetoric and quantify the prevalence of anti-Semitic attitudes across the globe. We can now identify hotspots [of anti-Semitism], as well as countries and regions of the world where hatred of Jews is essentially nonexistent.”

    The top such anti-Semitism hotspot, the survey noted, was the West Bank and Gaza, where the ADL found that anti-Semitic attitudes topped 93%. The survey goes on to rank countries and territories from most to least anti-Semitic.

    The south Asian country of Laos brings up the bottom, with only 0.2% of the adult population holding anti-Semitic beliefs.

    Using an 11-question index that the ADL has employed for five decades to poll anti-Semitic attitudes in the United States, the ADL survey found that 26% of those polled answered “probably true” to six or more of the 11 negative stereotypes presented about Jews. If the sample data is projected across the world’s entire population, the ADL noted, it suggests that some 1.09 billion people in the world “are deeply infected with anti-Semitic attitudes.”

    Beyond the West Bank and Gaza, the survey found that in the Middle East and North Africa, 74% of those polled agreed with a majority of the anti-Semitic stereotypes in the index. In comparison, countries outside of the region have an average index score of 23%. The second most anti-Semitic region of the world is Eastern Europe, where some 34% of the population hold anti-Semitic beliefs.

    “It is clear in this survey that the conflict in the Middle East matters,” Foxman said during a Tuesday press conference debuting the data. “But it is not clear from the survey whether it is the cause or the excuse for anti-Semitism.”

    “While it is startling to see how high the level of anti-Semitism is in the Middle East and North African countries, the fact of the matter is even aside from those countries, close to a quarter of those polled in other parts of the world is infected with anti-Semitic attitudes,” Foxman wrote, responding to the data before the press event.

    “There is only a three-point difference when you take world attitudes toward Jews with the Middle East and North African countries, or consider the world without,” he added. The survey revealed that the Middle Eastern country with the least anti-Semitic inclinations was Iran, where some 56% percent of the adult population held anti-Semitic beliefs.

    Unlike most of the world, however, anti-Semitism in the Middle East and North Africa tends to increase commensurate with the respondents’ education levels – the opposite of what is seen in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

    In the survey, which was conducted via a combination of telephone calls and face-to-face conversations, respondents were asked a series of 11 questions based on stereotypes about Jews, including questions about Jewish power, loyalty, money and behavior.

    The poll showed that the most widely accepted anti-Semitic stereotype worldwide is: “Jews are more loyal to Israel than to this country/the countries they live in” – a statement believed to be “probably true” by 41% of those surveyed. The second most widely accepted stereotype worldwide is “Jews have too much power in the business world,” which was believed to be “probably true” by 35% of those surveyed. This was the most widely-accepted stereotype in Eastern Europe.

    The majority of people surveyed – 74% – indicated that they had never met a Jewish person, while of the 26% of people who harbor anti-Semitic attitudes, 70% said that they had never met a Jewish person. At the same time, only 16% of the people surveyed correctly identified the world’s Jewish population as less than one percent of the total world population, while 18% believe that over one out of every ten people in the world is Jewish.

    Foxman, a child survivor of the Holocaust, described as “disturbing” the fact that only 54% percent polled had heard of the Holocaust, although 94% of Western Europeans said that they had.

    Foxman noted that even in Western Europe, “the results confirm a troubling gap between older adults who know their history and younger men and women who, more than 70 years after the events of World War II, are more likely to have never heard of or learned about what happened to the six million Jews who perished.”

    “We were profoundly disappointed about the resilience of anti-Semitism in many countries where we had hoped to see lower numbers, particularly some in Eastern Europe that experienced the war and the Holocaust firsthand,” Foxman said.

    Of those who said that they had heard of the Holocaust, 32% believe that it is either a myth or has been greatly exaggerated. The highest percentage of those respondents was in the Middle East and North Africa, followed by sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. The data indicates that only some 33% of people worldwide have both heard of the Holocaust and believe that it has been fairly described by history.

    The survey also documented key distinctions among countries based on the majority religions in the states. Foxman described finding “incredibly low levels of anti-Semitic beliefs” in European Protestant-majority countries such as Denmark, the United Kingdom, Netherlands and Sweden. Of the least anti-Semitic countries, five were majority-Protestant and four were in east Asia. The one outlier among the top ten that fit into neither group was Tanzania.

    On the other extreme, 49% of all Muslims surveyed around the world responded “probably true” to at least 6 of the 11 index stereotypes in the poll, which also found that Christians in Eastern Orthodox and Catholic countries are more likely to harbor anti-Semitic views than those in Protestant countries.

    Muslims living outside of the Middle East and North Africa, however, are much less anti-Semitic. Muslims in sub-Saharan Africa come in well below the international average, with only 18% holding anti-Semitic beliefs. Muslims in Western Europe were only slightly above the global average, at 29%, while Eastern European Muslims were slightly below it, at 20%.