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Most Israeli Jews want Arab compatriots out-survey

Written by: Staff

JERUSALEM, May 9 (Reuters) Most Israeli Jews want their Arab fellow citizens to leave the country, a survey released today found, suggesting a fraying of relations against the backdrop of a more than 5-year-old Palestinian revolt.

Asked if the government should encourage Arabs to emigrate, 62 per cent of Jews polled by the Israel Democracy Institute said yes.

Given the Jewish majority, pollster Asher Arian said the finding reflected the view of nearly half of Israelis overall.

The Jerusalem-based institute describes itself on its Web site as an independent, non-partisan think tank that maps out problematic areas in the Israeli government system and democracy.

Arabs make up 20 per cent of the Jewish state's population and have long complained of discrimination. While generally sympathetic to the Palestinian struggle for statehood in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, Israeli Arabs have rarely taken up arms.


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