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March 2, 2012 1:25 pm

RJC Town Hall Poll: 83% Believe Obama is Overtly Hostile to Israel

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President Barack Obama talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel as they walk from the Oval Office to the South Lawn Drive of the White House. Photo: wiki commons.

Polls conducted yesterday during a Republican Jewish Coalition Town Hall phone conference appeared to reveal a great deal about the thinking of Republican Jews, a group that other polls have shown to be rising.

Three polls were conducted throughout the course of the call, the last of which asked listeners, “In your mind, what best describes President Obama’s position when it comes to Israel?” Listeners were given the following three options to choose from, 1. Strong committed supporter of Israel, 2. Neutral and even handed when it comes to Israel, 3. Anti- Israel, overtly hostile. 83% of respondents chose option 3, 13% option 2, and just 4% selected option 1.

The first poll conducted asked listeners to indicate the preferred Republican Presidential Candidate of their choice. Mitt Romney won overwhelmingly with 58% of the vote,  Gingrich followed with 23%,  Santorum had 15% and %4 for Paul.

The second poll conducted asked “what is the most important issue for you in this election?” Domestic issues, jobs and the economy received 46% of the vote, foreign policy, Iran and Israel won slightly with 48% or the vote, and social issues, including abortion, gay issues and gun control received just 6% of the vote.

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Organizers said that over 6500 people tuned into the call which featured RJC Executive Director Matthew Brooks, and former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer. The discussion, which also allowed listeners to ask questions, focused on activism around the upcoming Presidential Election, and how Republican Jews are able to be politically active.

The Algemeiner was unable to obtain information regarding the margin of error for the push polling.

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    Why are Non Black Jews so racist towards Black Jews in Israel?
    I found this article and many others on various Israeli newspaper sites. I answered a question a few days ago about white jews treating black jews poorly. Then a bunch of white jews attempted to say that there wasn’t any. And, that in Israel it is somehow a utopia for Black Jews. Upon reading actual Israeli articles (the websites have an english version), I found out otherwise. Please read all of the articles before answering. And how do you think we can stop this sort of thing from continuing?

    Ethiopian community hit hard by discrimination

    Examples of racism in Israel in 2007: a school that prides itself on its low number of Ethiopian students; parents requesting Ethiopian children be removed from their children’s kindergarten; a teacher that says ‘the student is a nuisance not only to Ethiopians but also to the Israeli students in the class.’ Organizations looking out for Ethiopians unveil the true state of racism in Israel

    Yael Branovsky Published: 12.07.07, 08:58 / Israel News

    Organizations working for the advancement of rights of Ethiopians in Israel have been receiving hundreds of complaints each year concerning discriminatory and racist attitudes towards members of the minority ethnicity in Israel.

    The facts seem to show that these attitudes are not confined to specific areas of the country but rather represent a collective phenomenon within Israeli society.

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    4 Ethiopian immigrants put in separate classroom / Ynet

    In a move more reminiscent of apartheid era South Africa than modern day Israel, four Ethiopian students at the Lamerchav Elementary School in Petah Tikva were segregated in a separate classroom because they were ‘not observant enough’. Shocked father states: ‘We are being discriminated against for being black and powerless’
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    In one instance, a teacher who called in a troublesome student’s parents for a private conversation told them that the proper punishment for their son was his removal from the class. She explained that: “This Ethiopian boy is a nuisance not only to other Ethiopians but to the Israelis in the class as well.”

    On the website of a school in the north, the administration proudly proclaims that “there is a small quantity of Ethiopian children in our educational institution.” It should be noted that no other ethnic groups are mentioned.

    In another instance, in a kindergarten in southern Israel Ethiopian children were removed from the school after other children’s parents protested that there were too many of them. In coming days, a lawsuit is to be filed against the mayor of the city.

    Even FIDEL, which dubs itself the “Association for Education and Social Integration of Ethiopian Jews in Israel,” encountered difficulties when it was searching for an office in the center of the country.

    Representatives from the organization went on a tour of potential locale but when the landlord of the building heard Ethiopians planned to occupy his property, he brusquely suggested they look elsewhere.

    “There is an office with a lot of medicine nearby, I don’t want any problems with theft and drugs,” the owner told them.

    Another group called Tebeka, which carries the slogan “Advocacy for Equality and Justice for Ethiopian Israelis,” filed complaints in a number of incidences of racism across Israel. According to agency representatives, since the beginning of 2007, their office has received over 100 appeals for help.

    Attorney Yael Segel-Maklis, manager of the judicial affairs department at Tebeka, told Ynet that “there is a fundamental problem of illegitimacy with regard to Ethiopian immigrants. Israeli society is shooting itself in the foot because it has caused a frustrated generation (of Ethiopians) to grow up here, and we’re seeing all of the severe consequences of this.”

    Racism in Israel
    At the headquarters for the struggle for social equality for Jewish Ethiopians there are plans to call the attention of Israeli society to the problem of racism and other negative social attitudes towards Ethiopian immigrants.

    Gadi Yevrakan, the director of the struggle, said that he is “no longer surprised by anything, there is no difference between the neo-Nazis…and all those that discriminate against Jews from Ethiopia.”

    The Israel Association for Ethiopian Jews (IAEJ) intends to send letters to the Attorney General requesting that he check up on local authorities in their handling of absorption of Ethiopian Jews.

    Avi Maspin, a spokesman for IAEJ, said that “racism is a word that I have feared using until now, because I did not believe that it could exist in Israel in 2007, but the time has come to call a spade a spade. Israeli society is profoundly infected by racism and unfortunately there is no suitable punishment for racism in Israel.”

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