Buried by the Guardian: Disturbing data on Palestinian support for suicide bombing


Following a disturbingly high number of Palestinian terrorist attacks against Israelis in recent months, including the lethal stabbing assault of a 32-year-old Israeli man in the northern West Bank on Tuesday, Israeli defense officials have expressed concerns that the conflict could lead to a Third Intifada.

Whilst recent violence by Palestinians has involved rock throwing, knife attacks, shootings and the hurling of fire bombs, the fear that such a coordinated outbreak of Palestinian violence could include suicide bombings – which caused so much death and carnage during the Second Intifada – was amplified by a new Pew poll released on April 30.

The new ‘Pew Research Center Survey of Muslims around the Globe‘ finds that Muslim support for suicide bombing in the Palestinian territories is the highest among the the twenty countries surveyed – with 40% of Palestinians agreeing that ‘suicide attacks against civilians in defense of Islam are often/sometimes justified’.

Here’s the Pew graphic illustrating the data:

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Additional poll findings on Palestinian opinion includes the following:

  • Homosexuality: 89% of Palestinians think it’s immoral.
  • Women’s rights: 89% of Palestinians think women must always “obey” their husband.
  • Sharia Law: 89% favor the imposition of Sharia Law into their society.
  • Honor killings: 45% of Palestinians think it’s sometimes justifiable.

Whilst the Guardian’s Ewan MacAskill did briefly note, in passing, the findings on Palestinian support for suicide bombing, in a broader April 30 report which centered on the moderate views of American Muslims, the report was not tagged with the term ‘Palestinian territories‘ – nor did it appear on the Israel, Palestinian territories, or Gaza pages.

Moreover, whilst Harriet Sherwood did recently take a tepid step towards acknowledging the problem of Palestinian incitement, it seems unlikely that she will properly incorporate this disturbing new data into future reports on violence in the region.

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Glorifying Suicide Bombing: Official Fatah Facebook Page, Oct. 2012

As we’ve argued repeatedly on this blog, it is impossible to honestly debate the Israeli-Palestinian conflict without an honest assessment of Palestinian values and social mores, which are, by any measure, on the extremist right end of the political spectrum and, it would seem, irreconcilable with the ideals of peace and coexistence.

4 comments on “Buried by the Guardian: Disturbing data on Palestinian support for suicide bombing

  1. I will observe this survey very carefuly.

    “■Sharia Law: 89% favor the imposition of Sharia Law into their society.”

    This seems very strange considering Palestinians are still very much a secular society in comparison to Saudi Arabia, the Gulf states or even Egypt.

  2. The Palestinians are known for supporting murder, so their’s no possibility of peace with these racist Arabs. Its worth noting 85 percent of Palestinians supported the close up shooting execution murders of 7 Israeli boys in the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva massacre in 08 in Jerusalem. And that 75 percent of Palestinians supported the Palestinian Homicide bombing of the Maxim restaurant in Haifa back in 2003, which murdered 21 civilians, including 2 families and left an 8 year old child blinded and orphaned and that in similar polls they supported mass murder against Israeli civilians.

    For people to understand the evil Palestinians Israel is dealing with, read this article.

    http://www.algemeiner.com/2012/10/18/arab-lawyers-union-honors-terrorist-who-killed-21-israelis-in-haifa/

    Arab Lawyers Union Honors Terrorist who Killed 21 Israelis in Haifa
    October 18, 2012

    The Palestine Committee of the Arab Lawyers Union recently bestowed its “highest honor” on female suicide bomber Hanadi Jaradat, who killed 21 Israelis in a 2003 attack on Maxim’s restaurant in Haifa, Palestinian Media Watch reported on its website here.

    Jaradat, who worked as a lawyer, also injured 51 Israelis in her bombing of Maxim’s. The lawyers union “created the ‘Martyr Hanadi Jaradat plaque of honor’” for her, according to an Oct 14 report in the Palestinian daily publication Al-Ayyam.

    A delegation “conveyed to the family of Martyr Jaradat the good wishes of the head of the Union, Mr. Omar Al-Zayn… and also emphasized the pride of the Arab Lawyers Union for what their daughter had done in defense of Palestine and the nation.”

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