More than one-third of Arabs justify the 9/11 attacks, and only 23 percent believe Al Qaeda was behind the aerial suicide bombings.
The survey included 220,000 Arabs and was carried out by the Al-Arabia television channel in Dubai and a British research institute.
Thirty-six percent of the respondents justified the attacks, but only 38 percent took the opposite view, leaving another 16 percent undecided or with no opinion.
Only 23 percent believe that Al Qaeda was behind the attacks, while a large number – 26 percent – think that the terrorist organization did not plan and carry out the hijack-bombings.
Slightly less than half of those participating in the survey – 48 percent – do not think that the assassination of Osama Bin Laden was a criminal act.
In Iran, the percentage of those denying Al Qaeda’s involvement is even higher. The government controlled press continues to claim that the official version of 9/11 is false and that unaccounted for explosions brought down the Twin Towers in New York City.
Iranian media also have widely quoted several Americans with conspiracy theories, a popular trend in the United States since the assassination of John Kennedy. One theory on the 9/11 attacks argues that stock market traders knew of the bombings ahead of time and were able to profit by selling stocks.