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December 20, 2016 11:28 am

Poll: Jews, Arabs Proud to Be Israeli, Suspicious of Human Rights Groups, Distrusting of Public Institutions

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Israeli President Rivlin is presented the sruvey by IDI President Yohanan Plesner. Photo: Facebook.

Israeli President Rivlin is presented the sruvey by IDI President Yohanan Plesner. Photo: Facebook.

JNS.org – A newly released survey shows that a majority of Israel’s citizens — 86 percent of Jews and 55% of Arabs — are proud to be Israeli.

The survey, commissioned by the think tank the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) and submitted by its president, Yohanan Plesner, to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Monday, also shows an increasing sense among Israelis that human rights organizations, such as the Association for Civil Rights in Israel and B’Tselem, cause damage to the state. Seventy-one percent of the Jewish public and 23 percent of the Arab public believe that to be true — an increase of 15% and 4% respectively from the previous study.

The report also finds a lack of trust in public institutions. The institution that garnered the most public trust was Israel’s Supreme Court, yet it earned the confidence of only 56.5% of Jews and 52% of Arabs.

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  • SteveC1

    If all “human rights groups” would actually confine themselves to the establishment and preservation of genuine human rights matters there would be nothing for everyone to be suspicious of. But as it is, far too many such organizations have over time tended to take it upon themselves to try to go WAY too far beyond human rights matters and into geopolitical issues that have virtually NOTHING to do with genuine human rights issues. People have grown distrustful of them for good reason.

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