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A reflected Jerusalem skyline in the city's center.

The news has been full of the results of a poll:

Poll: Half of Israeli Jews would not live in apartment building with Arabs49 percent of Israeli Jews said that they would not live in the same building as Arab families, compared to 42 percent who said they would be willing.

There’s something very faulty with this entire news item. Actually more than one thing.

  • It does not make it clear that the question only involves having Arabs live in Jewish neighborhoods, cities and communities.
  • It does not ask the reverse question: “How Many Arabs would Allow Jews to Live in Their Buildings?”
This news item skewed it to make Jewish-Israelis look bad by either not asking that crucial question to show that Arabs do not want Jews in their neighborhood or hiding the results from the readers.
It’s certainly no secret that it’s considered dangerous and potentially deadly for Jews to go in Arab neighborhoods (even for shopping) which answers clearly what Arabs think of Jews moving into their building and being neighbors. There are many Arabs who for various reasons want to get out of their neighborhoods and see many advantages for living with Jews.
Shame on the Jerusalem Post and all the other media that chickened out of asking for the missing poll statistics!!
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