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Pew Survey: Palestinian Arabs Dislike America More Than Any Other Group

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Pew Research Center report that shows respondents from the "Palestinian Territories" rank highest in viewing the U.S. as an "enemy." Photo: Screenshot / Pew Research Center.

Pew Research Center report that shows respondents from the "Palestinian Territories" rank highest in viewing the U.S. as an "enemy." Photo: Screenshot / Pew Research Center.

A new Pew Research Center survey showed that people living under the Palestinian Authority and Hamas dislike the U.S. more than any other group, with 76% of respondents, the most on the list, qualifying America as an “enemy.”

Alternatively, In Israel, 90% of respondents qualified the U.S. as a “partner,” putting the Jewish state at the top spot on the pro-America list. Just 1% of Israelis view the U.S. as an “enemy.”

Following the “Palestinian Territories” on the “enemy” list are Pakistan, Turkey, Lebanon and Venezuela; following Israel on the “partner” list are El Salvador, Senegal, the Philippines and Kenya.

Asked another way, if their view of the U.S. was “favorable” or “unfavorable,” the “Palestinian Territories” also scored highly with 79% of respondents being “unfavorable,” preceded by Jordan (85%) and Egypt (81%).

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The “Palestinian Territories” also topped the next question that characterized the American people as “favorable” or “unfavorable,” with 69% responding in the negative.

The Pew report was flagged by blogger Elder of Ziyon on Monday who made two observations:

“Notice that there is no correlation between the amount of money the U.S. gives to a nation and their opinion of the U.S.,” he wrote. “Egypt and Jordan hate Americans more than Pakistanis!”

As to how the survey could be interpreted to apply to BDS activists promoting Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions of Israel, the blogger said, “I bet if you would survey BDSers and the rest of the ‘hate Israel’ crowd, you will find that their opinions closely match the hate that Palestinian Arabs have for the U.S. and Americans.”

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