58% of Israeli Jews back cutting funding to those marking Independence Day as 'Nakba'

A quarter of Israeli Arabs consider Independence Day a holiday, as do 87% of Israelis.

May 4, 2014 13:42
Nakba Day event at Tel Aviv University

Nakba Day event at Tel Aviv University 370 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS/Nir Elias)


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Most Israelis support reducing funding for institutions which mark Independence Day as the “Nakba,” or Catastrophe Day for Palestinians, an Israel Democracy Institute poll showed Sunday.

The survey showed 58 percent of Israeli Jews support the law allowing the Finance Minister to penalize government- funded institutions that commemorate the “Nakba,” but 33% oppose the law, which passed in 2011.

By self-identification, 57% of the right, 70% of the moderate right, 62% of the center, 41% of the moderate left, and 19% of the left support the law.

The vast majority of Israelis – 87% – consider Independence Day a holiday, while 12% do not.

By religious level, 35% of haredim, 94% of religious, 90% of traditional- religious, 97% of traditional- non-religious, and 93% of secular Jews consider Independence Day a holiday.

Most Israeli Arabs (68%) do not consider Independence Day a holiday, but 24% do.

The IDI polled 600 respondents who constitute a representative sample of the adult population of Israel on April 28-29. The survey’s margin of error is 4.1%.

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