March 14, 2011

Europeans getting wise to Israel

Here's an interesting article by Daud Abdullah in The Guardian.  It appears the more people know about Palestine, the more they support the Palestinians or at least, the less they support Israel:
according to a new poll by ICM for the Middle East Monitor, Europeans' perception of Israel has changed decisively, and their understanding of the Israel-Palestine conflict, while still giving some cause for concern, has improved significantly. The survey of 7,000 people in Germany, France, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and Britain reveals only a small minority (10%) now believe their countries should support Israel rather than the Palestinians, while many more, 39%, think they should not.

This shift in European public opinion may owe something to an improved understanding of the conflict; 49% of respondents were now able to identify Israel as the occupying power. However, 22% still didn't know. This persistence of ignorance about issues that have been long established in international law may reflect media bias, or inadequate coverage of the conflict. It could also be a result of campaigns undertaken by the Israeli public relations machinery in Europe. 
Perhaps this explains why zionists seem to be redoubling their efforts to have this rotten definition of antisemitism adopted.


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