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UM Pastor Hopes Official UM Discussions On Palestine Will Include Murderous Attitude Of Its People Towards Israel

Since were discussing the Palestinian / Israeli issue in depth this year, I thought these statistics would be relevant to the study. They come from the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) which is an independent non profit institution and think tank of policy analysis and academic research. The survey can be found at http://www.pcpsr.org along with its full credentials as a legitimate scientific research group working within the Palestinian people.

The survey sample size was 1270 adults, 830 in the West Bank and 440 in the Gaza Strip. The survey was taken 13-15 March of 2008. Those interviewed were interviewed face to face in 127 randomly selected locations. They estimate the margin of error to be 3%. So what were some of the findings of interest?

  • 63.8 percent supported the launching of rockets from the Gaze Strip against towns and cities inside Israel (Sderot and Ashkelon).

  • 67.5 percent supported armed attacks against Israeli civilians inside of Israel.

  • 84.6 percent supported the bombing attack in the religious school in Jerusalem which took place
    in early March in which eight Israeli students were killed.

  • 79.1 percent supported the bombing attack in Diamona in Israel in early February in which one Israeli woman was killed.

  • Only 52.8 percent of the Palestinians support the recognition of Israel as the state of the Jewish people at the end of any peace process.

I believe that any discussion concerning the issue of Israel and Palestine should include these very important statistics concerning the attitudes of the Palestinian people towards Israel.

Reverend / Chaplain Kent Svendsen
1st UMC of Forreston / Leaf River UMC
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"The truth is that in our country (Panama), the extreme left and the extreme right live off the problem, not off its solution." Omar Torrijos

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