Youths lean right (illustration).
Youths lean right (illustration). Israel news photo: Flash 90

Fifty-six percent of Jewish youths believe that Arabs should not be elected to the Knesset, a poll has found.

The poll was conducted by Maagar Mochot among youths aged 15 to 18 and presented at a conference in Tel Aviv University.

Eighty-two percent of the religious youths polled said Arabs should not enjoy rights that are identical to Jews',  while among the secular youths, less than half that proportion – 39% – subscribed to this view. All together, 49.5% of the Jewish youths said that Arab citizens of Israel should not receive identical rights as Jews.

The poll showed the youths going to opposite extremes on matters related to Judea and Samaria. While 48% said they would refuse orders to evict Jews from communities in Judea and Samaria – a position usually associated with nationalist views, 31% declared they would refuse to serve in Judea and Samaria at all – a position that usually corresponds to a leftist slant.

Eighty one percent of religious youths said they would refuse orders to evict Jews, compared to 36% of the secular youths.

Seventy-eight percent of the Jewish youths said that the slogan “death to the Arabs” was racist and not legitimate, but 50% of religious youths said it was legitimate.

Arab members of Knesset from non-Zionist parties routinely vilify and demean the State of Israel and its government, travel abroad to enemy states without permission, incite Arabs to violence and participate in such violence themselves.

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