Tuesday, March 18, 2008

  • Tuesday, March 18, 2008
  • Elder of Ziyon
Yesterday I reported on a poll done by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research that showed increasing support for Hamas. The raw numbers were not available on their website yet, so I wrote the posting based on their press release.

I prefer to look at the entire poll because then I can draw my own conclusions and not be force-fed only the results that the pollster wants to highlight. And this time, the pollster held back a doozy.

The New York Times got a hold of another poll result from PCPSR that, to most people, would be considered a bit more important than parity in the polls between Haniyeh and Abbas:
A new poll shows that an overwhelming majority of Palestinians support the attack this month on a Jewish seminary in Jerusalem that killed eight young men, most of them teenagers, an indication of the alarming level of Israeli-Palestinian tension in recent weeks.
Notice the NYT spin to minimize the results, making them sound only temporary. And it waits until paragraph 7 to write the real results:
According to the poll, conducted last week with 1,270 Palestinians in face-to-face interviews, 84 percent supported the March 6 attack on the Mercaz Harav yeshiva, one of Israel’s most prominent centers of religious Zionism and ideological wellspring of the settler movement in the West Bank. Mr. Shikaki said that this is the single highest support for an act of violence in his 15 years of polling here. The poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.
The NYT again does everything it can to justify the numbers of Palestinian Arabs who blatantly support terror against kids by positioning the school as being some sort of extremist organization.

The PCPSR is somewhat disingenuous as well. The last time that they even asked in a poll if the respondents supported attacks against Israeli civilians inside the Green Line was September, 2006, when 57% supported and 40% opposed. So while the number that supported this specific attack is higher, that could just as easily mean that while the people polled are against terror in the abstract but support it in reality. Either way, a convincing majority of Palestinian Arabs have consistently supported terror against civilians, over decades. For the pollster to say that he hasn't seen such support for a specific terror attack before indicates more that he hasn't asked.

In 2001 and 2002, between 52% and 58% supported terror attacks against civilians inside the Green Line and over 90% supported terror attacks against civilians in the territories. Even before the intifada, 52% supported terror attacks versus 43% opposed.

These are the real facts, that the NYT is downplaying and the PCPRS is willingly ignoring: the vast majority of Palestinian Arabs want to see Jews killed, on both sides of the Green Line, and they have always felt that way.

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