Poll: Most Jewish, Arab youth want to interact with each other

New poll shows today's Jewish and Arab youth are interested in meeting young people from the other sector.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Jews and Arabs pray together in Gush Etzion
Jews and Arabs pray together in Gush Etzion
Nati Shochat, Flash 90

A poll conducted by the Rafi Smith Institute for the Dov Lautman Conference on Democracy among Israeli youth found that 79% of Arab young adults have never spoke to a young Jewish person about democracy and coexistence..

The poll also found that 85% of Jewish young adults have never spoken on those subjects with Arab youths.

Most of the Arab (91%) and Jewish (85%) participants were interested in meeting young people from the other sector. At the same time, 39% of Jewish youths showed interest in Druze culture and lifestyle, while 50% of Arab youths showed interest in the lifestyle of secular Jewish youths.

It is not clear why the number of Arab youths who interacted with Jewish young adults is not available; however, a full 23% of Jewish youths had interacted with Arab young adults via social media.

In addition, 69% of Arab youth feel they are not part of Israeli society, compared to 60% in 2015.

Despite efforts to change the UNWRA curriculum, the PA continues to educate its youth to extremism, nixing efforts to create a moderate curriculum able to bring the next generation to work towards peaceful coexistence with Israel.




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