Tons of people on both sides of this conflict consider the other side sub-human. Even a fairly liberal friend of mine once said that Gaza would be best bulldozed into the sea. As you can see from this Israeli newspaper article , many Israeli Jews hold racist views so ardently that they are willing to voice them to complete strangers on the phone. Here are some of the depressing highlights!
# 75% would not agree to live in a building with Arab residents.
# More than 60% wouldn’t accept any Arab visitors at their homes.
# About 40% believed that Arabs should be stripped of the right to vote.
# More than 50% agree that the State should encourage immigration of Arab citizens to other countries
# More than 59% think that the culture of Arabs is a primitive culture.
# When asked “What do you feel when you hear people speaking Arabic?” 31% said they feel hate and 50% said they feel fear, with only 19% stating positive or neutral feelings.
Likewise, the Arabs (to note nuance, sometimes Jewish) who actually hold Israeli citizenship are living in paranoia and fear. The polls say it all.
# 49.7% of Arab citizens of Israel said Hezbollah’s capture of IDF reservists Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev in a cross-border raid was justified
# 18.7% of Arab citizens of Israel thought Israel was justified in going to war following the kidnapping
# 48.2% of Arab citizens of Israel said they believed that Hezbollah’s rocket attacks on northern Israel during that war were justified
# 89.1% of Arab citizens of Israel said they viewed the IDF’s bombing of Lebanon as a war crime
# 44% of Arab citizens of Israel said they viewed Hezbollah’s bombing of Israel as a war crime
# 62% of Arab citizens of Israel worry that Israel could transfer their communities to the jurisdiction of a future Palestinian state
# 60% of Arab citizens of Israel said they are concerned about a possible mass expulsion
# 76% of Arab citizens of Israel described Zionism as racist
# 67.5% of Arab citizens of Israel said they would be content to live in the Jewish state, if it existed alongside a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip
# 28% of Arab citizens of Israel deny the Holocaust; among high school and college graduates the figure was even higher (33%)