In wake of raucous rally, vast majority of Israelis support renewal of social protest (HAŽARETZ NEWS) By Ofer Aderet 06/26/12)
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A large majority of Israelis - 69 percent - supports the renewed
social-justice protests, but Israelis are about evenly split over who
was responsible for the violence that characterized Saturday night´s
rally in Tel Aviv, according to a Haaretz-Dialog poll conducted on
The proportion of respondents who said there has been no improvement
in social justice since last summer´s protests was, at 67 percent,
about the same as those who support this year´s demonstrations.
Sixteen percent said the situation has deteriorated in the past year,
but 15 percent said it has improved in that time.
The poll, conducted under the supervision of statistics professor and
pollster Camil Fuchs, found that 27 percent of the 508 respondents,
all of them Jewish, said the police were the only ones at fault in
Saturday´s rally. There have been several amateur videos posted
online that appear to show police officers using excessive force
Twenty-one percent blamed the protesters for the violence, and 29
percent said police and protesters were both at fault.
Respondents were split along demographic lines in their responses to
this question, with most of those who described themselves as secular
blaming police for the violence and most ultra-Orthodox Jews and
Russian-speaking respondents blaming the protesters as well as the
Each question in the poll has a 4.2 percent margin of error.
Most of the respondents (61 percent ) oppose the smashing of bank
windows that was part of the weekend demonstration, the poll found.
But nearly a quarter (23 percent ) said they agreed with the
statement "It´s too bad, but sometimes there´s no choice and it
A smaller minority (9 percent ) fully supported the property
damage "as part of the protest."
Though some have characterized the protests as a movement that is for
and by left-wing, secular Tel Avivians, the poll told a different
story. Though the Jewish demographic group that expressed the highest
level of support for the protest is secular Israelis (79 percent ), a
majority of ultra-Orthodox (57 percent ) and Orthodox (53 percent )
Israelis also expressed their support.
A rally was held on Monday in front of Tel Aviv city hall, and
demonstrators plan to return on Tuesday to protest the violence on
the part of police officers and municipal inspectors during the
weekend rally. No violent incidents were reported during Monday´s
rally. (© Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz 06/26/12)
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