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University of Haifa
Haifa University, Faculty of Education, Dr. Haggai Kupermintz, denounces "Jewish racism"


Recent poll reveals 75 percent of Jewish students believe Arabs
uneducated, uncivilized, unclean. Similar stereotypes found amongst Arab
students toward Jews, but in lower percentages

    ynet- Ahiya Raved

A Haifa University survey investigating Arabs and Jews' views on one
another reveals disturbing results.

The poll showed that 75 percent of Jewish students believe that Arabs are
uneducated people, are uncivilized and are unclean.

On the other hand 25 percent of the Arab youth believe that Jews are the
uneducated ones, while 57 percent of the Arab's believe Jews are unclean.

Over a third of the Jewish students taking part in the survey confirmed
that they are afraid of Arabs.

The poll was conducted by Dr. Haggai Kupermintz, Dr. Yigal Rosen and Harbi
Hasaisi of Haifa University's Center for Research on Peace Education.

The data was presented at a bi-lingual conference held in Haifa. The
study, titled "Perception of 'the Other' amongst Jewish and Arab Youth in
Israel" included 1,600 students studying in 22 high schools around the

"We have found a serious expression of stereotypical thinking on the
Jewish students' part regarding the Arab youth," said Dr. Kupermintz, who
pointed out that 69 percent of the Jewish students think that Arabs are
not smart.

Willingness to meet with Jewish students

"These students come in with firm stereotypical baggage regarding the
other, and in this case, this is the Arabs," said Kupermintz.

According to the survey, the Arab youth views the Jewish society with
fewer reservations: 27 percent of the Arab students believe Jews are
uneducated, while 40 percent say they are uncivilized, and 47 percent
believe they are not smart.

"We were not surprised with the outcome of the research," Kupermintz told

"Anyone who is familiar with the field knows that these warped perceptions
exist, but these findings are at the most severe extreme of a disturbing
phenomenon. Also, up until now, I don’t think such a high level amongst
the Jewish students' population – over a third – who admit that are afraid
of Arabs, has ever been recorded."

Kupermintz further stated that the survey was conducted in October 2004,
and that if it was to be held today, he believes the results would be much
more extreme.

He also added that, contrary to stereotypes, the Arab public in Israel
shows more willingness of integration in the Jewish sector, than Jews do
in the Arab sector.

Data from the survey also showed that 75 percent of Jewish students feel
Arabs are violent, as opposed to 64 percent of Arab students.

Over 50 percent of Arab students showed understanding towards the feelings
of the Jewish students.

75 percent of Arab students showed willingness to meet with Jewish
students as opposed to less than 50 percent willingness amongst Jewish

Petitions signed by Haggai Kupermintz:


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