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Majority of Palestinian citizens of Israel blame gov’t for violence, fear revenge attacks, limit their movements

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After violence took hold of Jerusalem at the beginning of October, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu charged that the fault lay with the Palestinian Authority, Hamas and the Islamic movement of northern Israel. He accused them of inciting attacks against Israelis, and spurring demonstrations across the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza that have led to the killings of Palestinian protesters.

Many of his own citizens do not believe him. The 20-percent Arab-Palestinian minority in Israel believe that it is the Israeli government, and not the Palestinian leadership, that is responsible for the outbreak of hostilities, according to a survey published by the Haifa-based think tank Mada al-Carmel.

“The results of the survey indicate that the Arab public in Israel holds the Israel government responsible for the recent events,” said Dr. Ameed Saabneh, director of the Mada Survey Research unit. “The results also clearly indicate a sense of fear among the Arab population about violence by Israeli security services or the Jewish public, leading to an increased separation between the two communities.”

In a study conducted two weeks ago from a sample of 307 adults who are Palestinian citizens of Israel, 78 percent found the “Israeli government responsible for the recent outbreak of violence.” Within that group, 26 percent said Israel is attempting to divide access to al-Aqsa mosque compound between Muslim worshipers and Jewish-Israelis, a change of the status quo in the compound.

Five years ago the number of Jewish visitors to the Noble Sanctuary hovered around 200 to 300 annually. They walked through the holy sites complex that houses the Dome of the Rock, the al-Aqsa mosque and that is the location of two destroyed ancient Jewish synagogues. But with increased organization from Jewish groups that coordinate tours of the faithful, the number of Jewish visitors has catapulted to more than 10,000 per year.

Muslims still represent the majority of pilgrims, with around three million worshipers per year.

The holy plaza is considered one of the most sacred sites in Islam, but is also increasingly revered by Jews who hope to change Israel’s status quo agreement with the Jordanian caretakers to allow Jewish prayer, which is now forbidden. The presence of Jewish worshipers at the holy basin has been a factor in Palestinian protests in Jerusalem and across Israel. During the past month Israeli police arrested more than 200 Palestinian citizens of Israel during protests, according to Majd Kayyal from the legal rights group Adalah. 

Fearing reprisal attacks

A majority of those polled said they felt unsafe following an announcement by Jerusalem’s mayor Nir Barkat that Israelis should arm themselves and participate in stopping attacks against Israelis. In three separate instances this month, Israeli civilians shot or killed three people –an Eritrean national, an Israeli Jew, and a Palestinian citizen of Israel–and Israeli police later said the individuals were not attackers and had been targeted by “mistake.”

The Palestinian government has also criticized Israel for using live-fire in nearly 30 alleged attempted stabbings by Palestinians during the last month. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas stated the Israeli police carried out “extrajudicial killings” of the Palestinian attackers. Palestinians have circulated the same assertion over social media with a series of videos of some of the killings of Palestinian attackers, in which it appears that the individuals no longer posed a threat at the time of their shootings.  

As a result of the quickness-to-fire, survey responses show that 66 percent of Palestinian citizens of Israel feel “a high degree of insecurity,” fearing an Israeli could mistake them for an attempted attacker and shoot and kill them.

In order to ensure their personal safety, 70 percent of Israeli Palestinians said they have limited the amount of time they spend inside of Jewish Israeli cities and towns. Forty three-percent said they feared a revenge attack by a Jewish extremist inside of an Arab town in Israel.

In the first week of October the Palestinian government reported a record number of 117 settler attacks against Palestinians in the West Bank, reflecting a sharp increase of violence carried out by Jewish extremists against Palestinians concurrent to the wave of attacks in Jerusalem.

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  1. Kay24
    October 31, 2015, 11:53 am

    How long is the world going to pretend it takes Israel’s version of the violence, and not confront the government with the truth? How long can the world keep believing that an occupier, aided and supported by the US, one of the world’s top weapons manufacturers, and a ruthless army, are all victims of occupied, unarmed civilians, who bully by throwing stones?

    Netanyahu and his extremist government is primarily to be blamed for the violence going on every day. No two words about it. It is in the occupiers hands, the ones that control and keep the Palestinian people in open prisons, that must take responsibility for every death that happens. One cannot blame prisoners for the miserable conditions in a prison, and for revolting.
    Netanyahu is a despicable man who lies, manipulates, and does not hesitate to show his people what a he-man he is, by setting his troops on unarmed civilians, and encourages the Jewish terrorists to kill, attack, and terrorize Palestinians, and burn and destroy their property.

    If the zionists do not like the stones and knives, end the damn occupation and stop the land
    theft. Or does Netanyahu like the status quo too much to let go of the illegal settlements, and taking over the terrirories. Netanyahu’s perpetual wars with his neighbors also gives him the opportunity to be Israel’s leader, and besides Sarah loves to be the lady who could have been FLOTUS.

    • Citizen
      October 31, 2015, 1:47 pm

      What a pair they are. Just disgusting, vulgar, conniving, crassly hypocritical …the horrid list goes on.

      • Kay24
        October 31, 2015, 3:27 pm

        That is putting it mildly. :))

  2. W.Jones
    October 31, 2015, 5:43 pm

    Is the Israeli public changing its views at all over the last few years, especially in relation to the current tensions?

  3. Palikari
    November 1, 2015, 10:26 am

    So… Imams in mosques and Palestinian leaders incite against Jews and call for the spilling of Jewish blood based on lies about the Temple Mount, and jihadists start stabbing innocent people just for being Jewish.

    And who’s to blame for that? Israel! This is just like blaming a rape victim for being raped.

    Mahmoud Abbas said this:

    “We bless you, we bless the Murabitin, we bless every drop of blood that has been spilled for Jerusalem, which is clean and pure blood, blood spilled for Allah, Allah willing. Every martyr will reach Paradise, and everyone wounded will be rewarded by Allah. Al-Aqsa is ours, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is ours, and they [Jews] have no right to defile them with their filthy feet. We will not allow them to, and we will do everything in our power to protect Jerusalem.”

    Is Israel to blame for this, too?

    The recent wave of terror attacks against Israeli civilians is the direct result of incitement by radical Islamist and terrorist elements, calling on Palestinian youth to murder Jews. The incitement is based on lies against Israel, in particular regarding the status quo on the Temple Mount. Even if the status quo was broken, would that justify stabbing innocent people? Would any sane person stab innocent people because of this? No. This is no more than jihad.

    • Mooser
      November 1, 2015, 4:40 pm

      Palikari, it’s amazing how things change their effect. I always had you pegged as a reliable emetic, something to have around if the ipecac gave out.
      But, you know, lately you’ve been getting positively soporific! One or two paragraphs is the average adult dose. Read ’em, and it’s off to dreamland, secure in the knowledge that Zionism inevitably induces idiocy, when it doesn’t just take advantage of it.

      “This is no more than jihad.”

      And you know what? Israel is no more than Zionism. How do you like those odds?

      • Palikari
        November 1, 2015, 5:50 pm

        Thank you for your insults and personal attacks. They help me boost my self-esteem.

        Don’t you have anything else, anything worthy of reading?

      • Mooser
        November 2, 2015, 11:40 am

        “Thank you for your insults and personal attacks. They help me boost my self-esteem.”

        Palikari, you don’t need to emphasize how low your self-esteem is. What you think of yourself shows in your every comment, and obviously, it isn’t much.

      • zaid
        November 2, 2015, 12:40 pm

        ” and they [Jews] have no right to defile them with their filthy feet”

        He was refering to the extremists/soldiers who provoked and challenged the Muslims in their Holy Cites, and not the Jews.

      • Palikari
        November 2, 2015, 4:14 pm

        “Palikari, you don’t need to emphasize how low your self-esteem is. What you think of yourself shows in your every comment, and obviously, it isn’t much.”

        My self-esteem is fine, but your insults take it to the Moon.

        In my comments I am just expressing my opinion in a respectful way. You may not agree, but that’s not a reason to be disrespectufl towards me. You should be tolerant with other people’s opinions. This is part and parcel of being democrat and a civilized person.

        Respect is a two-way street. Treat others the way you want to be treated.

      • Mayhem
        November 4, 2015, 8:59 pm

        I would have preferred the title of this piece of nonsense to be ‘Majority of Palestinian citizens of Israel and Mooser blame gov’t for violence, fear revenge attacks, limit their movements’. Give Mooser credit for his mammoth contribution to the Palestinian cause with his 26,000+ posts on MW.
        Does this guy have a life?

      • Mooser
        November 4, 2015, 10:23 pm

        “I would have preferred the title of this piece of nonsense to be…”

        Ask Phil for an Editing job, then you can write the headlines. There, problem solved.

      • Mooser
        November 4, 2015, 10:25 pm

        “In my comments I am just expressing my opinion in a respectful way.” “Palikari”

        Yeah, sorta like this:

        “So… Imams in mosques and Palestinian leaders incite against Jews and call for the spilling of Jewish blood based on lies about the Temple Mount, and jihadists start stabbing innocent people just for being Jewish” – See more at:

        Ah, so respectful, so moderate. BTW Love your little ellipse, it’s so cute! .

    • John O
      John O
      November 1, 2015, 6:11 pm

      One of the great features of the internet is a little thing called the hyperlink. It’s made a huge difference to my old day job of editing teaching materials. If you quote a source, add a hyperlink and you can take your reader straight to that source, so they can verify it (if it’s controversial) or read it in full (if that’s relevant).

      So, when you claim that “Imams in mosques and Palestinian leaders incite against Jews”, just add a hyperlink and we can all see how truthful your claim is. It’s easy. It takes a few seconds. And – if your source is unimpeachable – you will flatten your opponents’ arguments with a virtual bulldozer. Try it.

    • talknic
      November 2, 2015, 5:04 pm

      @ Palikari “Don’t you have anything else, anything worthy of reading?”

      Indeed. This — @Palikari — Mahmoud Abbas said this: ” … and they [Jews] have … “

      That’s AMAZING! Talking in brackets! WOW!! Some sort of trance like religious experience is it? Or just another example of Ziopuke for people who’re really really quite stupid to repeat?

      A word that wasn’t actually said. The kind of word a vile, filthy, lying, scumbag, pukemeister apologist for Israel has to insert, in complete contravention of one of the basic tenets of Judaism, it’s a false accusation. So much for the so called ‘Jewish ‘ state.

      “They help me boost my self-esteem.”

      Oh, I can see how you’d need it boosting, especially if you think people can talk in brackets

    • eljay
      November 2, 2015, 6:01 pm

      || Palikari: … This is just like blaming a rape victim for being raped. … ||

      Says the hateful and immoral Zio-supremacist whose co-collectivists, country and Kings have been raping and beating Palestine for almost 70 years and blaming the Palestinians for it.

  4. Herchel
    November 1, 2015, 11:52 am

    “two destroyed ancient Jewish synagogues”

    I didn’t realize until now that the holy temple was just another synagogue. How much does Hamas pay you to write this propaganda dribble? “Destroyed ancient synagogues”? That you openly attempt to pass this off as journalism speaks to the ignorance of your readership.

    • Mooser
      November 1, 2015, 4:59 pm

      “I didn’t realize until now that the holy temple was just another synagogue. How much does Hamas pay you to write this propaganda dribble?”

      Herschel, you sound like you are arguing with the insurance adjuster! The one from Histrionic Homeland Surety and Barratry, LLC.

      • annie
        November 1, 2015, 5:27 pm

        Histrionic Homeland Surety!

      • Mooser
        November 1, 2015, 6:15 pm

        …and Barratry, LLC” For quality-control purposes, the call may have been recorded. Ah, here’s the file:

        ‘Now you listen to me, Mr. Adjuster, about this “Just another synagogue”? It was not! That was a six bedroom, custom built, colonial-style (with carriage house and MIL unit) brick-fronted Holy Temple on a landscaped 4 acre lot and this is all you want to give me? It’s bupkis. I’m arumgeflickt now, but good!’

        ‘Mr. Chutzpenik , we warned you several times about turning the smoke alarms off on Saturdays.’

  5. gracie fr
    gracie fr
    November 1, 2015, 2:54 pm

    “The presence of Jewish worshipers at the holy basin has been a factor in Palestinian protests in Jerusalem and across Israel …”

    Despite claims it is seeking to calm tensions in Jerusalem, Israel is intensifying activities to encircle the al-Aqsa mosque and strengthen its control over the holy site, a group of Israeli archaeologists warned last week. ….But the archaeologists say the most pressing threats to the mosque, located on a raised plaza above the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City, will be invisible to the cameras.

    They accuse Israel of making rapid changes to the physical landscape around al-Aqsa to obscure the area’s Islamic character and create an ever-more arduous “obstacle course” for worshippers.

    “The big picture is that Israel is weakening the Muslim and Palestinian presence there so that Israeli Jews can believe they are the true owners of the site,” said Yonathan Mizrachi, head of Emek Shaveh, an organisation of Israeli archaeologists opposed to the use of archaeology for political ends…..Various Israeli archaeological activities, he said, had almost completed Israel’s encirclement of the al-Aqsa compound, isolating it from Palestinian neighbourhoods of East Jerusalem. –

  6. olive52
    November 2, 2015, 12:53 pm

    I do not know if the author actually has any first hand information but by the writing it appears doubtful. Many Palestinians want to live in peace with Israel and work and make money as they have been doing, part of the issue is what happens when they go back to their homes and groups of angry young unemployed men with nothing to do begin the incitement. This incitement often causes a herd mentality effect. Many blame their own if not more than the Israeli gov’t.

    • diasp0ra
      November 2, 2015, 2:04 pm

      You can’t live in peace with your occupier, you are occupied, no such thing exists. It goes against the very definition of the word.

      For the love of God, do some still in 2015 believe that people need to be incited to hate their occupier? That people need to be brainwashed through a herd effect to want to shake free of oppression?

      Have you ever lived under occupation?

      EVERYTHING is affected, the smallest little thing, from the price of cigarettes to marrying the person you love, there is no escaping occupation and military rule. Nothing is stable or secure, everything is just one Israeli bureaucratic “tick” to being taken away, your whole existence erased, your home, family, left in ruins.

      Living under such circumstances, do you truly honestly believe that anyone needs incitement?

      Making money aka, economic peace, will never be enough for Palestinians. You can’t buy quiet while keeping us under occupation. The second Intifada broke out in a time of unprecedented economic development and growth.

      Meanwhile, Netanyahu accuses the Palestinians of literally inspiring the Holocaust and nobody calls it incitement, merely that “his statements were inaccurate.” Bravo.

      Your understanding of how life under occupation is, is wrong and simplistic. Looking at economic reasons alone for the state of anger in Palestine is wrong and simplistic. Your condescension towards those “with nothing to do” as if they exist in a vacuum and are not the product of deliberate Israeli policy is wrong and simplistic. Shifting the blame onto a disenfranchised and powerless people in a colonization process over 100 years old is wrong and simplistic.

      You attempting to lend credibility to your “argument” by saying “many blame their own” is transparent and useless. Same with your attempt to cast doubt on the credentials of Allison.

      • Mayhem
        November 3, 2015, 5:58 pm

        Nothing justifies the acts of those who are prepared to attack and murder innocent civilians, the latest being a defenceless 71 year old man in Netanya and a helpless 80 year old woman in Rishon Le Zion. With Palestinian incitement being encouraged by the mainstream media propagating idiotic conspiracy theories and blessed by the UN Human Rights Council what do you expect from the Palestinans, their minds addled by propaganda from birth and encouraged to become shahids for their cause. Surely those amongst the Palestinians with any memory will know that violence and terrorism will not help them at all.

      • diasp0ra
        November 6, 2015, 10:48 am


        It seems that my entire post went entirely over your head.

      • Mooser
        November 6, 2015, 11:18 am

        “Nothing justifies the acts….”

        If a drunk Zionist fell over a cliff, you would start condemning gravity for an anti-semite.

  7. just
    November 4, 2015, 10:44 pm

    You are still clinging to mama Meir and the countless other PMs of Israel with your rantings and ravings.

    You’ll never want to understand anything. Nobody had to incite the Jews imprisoned in the Warsaw ghetto in order for them to rise up and try to defend their lives and gain their freedom and justice. Nobody excels in inciting like your party, your fellow inhuman majority, some of your rabbis, and your PM and his hand- picked disciples of the enablers in his gov’t of their genocidal goals and incitement. (That includes the enablers all over the world who have not awakened to the Genocide happening before their eyes.) The only single thing that I believe from Netanyahu and Israel is that the status quo won’t change. They mean to eradicate Palestinians from the land of Palestine. It’s always been their and Israel’s goal.

    The newer generations have their eyes wide open.

    So sad for you that you became the victimisers and not the victim. You’ve chosen to side with injustice.

    Palestine and Palestinians will be free. Sooner, rather than later.

    Ta. Too bad, so sad. Whinge, rant, and rail away.

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