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Nearly half of Israeli Jews support extrajudicial killings, poll finds

One in five self-described ‘leftists’ support the actions of Elor Azaria, the Israeli soldier on trial for shooting a disarmed Palestinian attacker in the head.

The body of a Palestinian teen is seen on the street near damascus gate, in Jerusalem, October 10, 2015. The teen, later identified as Ishaq Badran, 16, from Kafr Aqab, was shot and killed by the Israeli police after carrying out an alleged stabbing attack in the area. The death of the suspected attacker brings the total number of Palestinians killed since Oct. 1 to 10, while four Israelis, including two settlers, have been killed in the same time period. (photo: Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

The body of a Palestinian teen is seen on the street near Damascus Gate, East Jerusalem, October 10, 2015. The teen, later identified as Ishaq Badran, 16, from Kafr Aqab, was shot and killed by Israeli police after carrying out an alleged stabbing attack in the area.(Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

Nearly half of Jewish Israelis support the extrajudicial killing of Palestinian attackers who no longer pose a threat, according to a poll released by the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) on Wednesday.

Forty-seven (47) percent of Jewish respondents said they agree that “any Palestinian who carries out an attack should be killed on the spot, even if he does not pose a threat.” In a poll from October 2015, 53 percent of Jewish respondents gave the same answer to a nearly identical question.

Pollsters also asked Jewish Israelis about the specific case of an Israeli soldier who was filmed shooting a Palestinian attacker in the head long after he had been disarmed, wounded and no longer posed a threat. Sixty-five (65) percent of respondents said they feel the soldier, Sgt. Elor Azaria, was justified in executing the Palestinian man, Abed al-Fatah al-Sharif.

Sgt. Azaria is currently being tried in an Israeli military court for manslaughter. One of his main lines of defense has been that his actions, murdering a Palestinian attacker after he had been disarmed, does not deviate from the acceptable norms of behavior for Israeli security forces.

Azaria has enjoyed widespread public support since his arrest earlier this year, and his trial has become somewhat of a public spectacle. Just this week, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman declared that he would “stand by” the soldier even if he is convicted.

Broken down into various demographic segments, those most likely to justify Azaria’s actions are ultra-Orthodox Jews (95 percent), those between the ages of 18-24 (84 percent), and self-described right-wingers (83 percent). One in five self-describe left-wing Jewish Israelis said they justify Azaria’s action, while half of “centrists” do as well.

The IDI survey was conducted by telephone at the end of August, included 600 respondents, and had a margin of error of ±4.1 percent.

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    1. Johneill

      84% of 18-24 year-olds? Talk about a failing education system. . .

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    2. Average American

      No, a highly successful education system. The education system is Zionism combined with the Talmud. Read about the objectives of Zionism for yourself, lebensraum and purity. Read a little of the Talmud for yourself, it teaches lots of lovely things about non-Jews.

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      • JeffB

        @Average American

        Read a little of the Talmud for yourself

        Can you name one page of the Talmud you read for yourself? Cut the nonsense.

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    3. i_like-ike52

      I suggest you read the Qur’an to see all the lovely things Islam says about Christians and Jews…you know, the people the Qur’an says are “descendents of pigs and apes”.

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    4. i_like-ike52

      As a supposedly “average American” you know all about American “manifest destiny” and how your country exterminated the Indians and drove the Mexicans out of California, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and Texas in a war of aggression that Abraham Lincoln and many others denounced. No Talmud there, fella, just good ole’ American know-how!

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    5. Average American

      I see, you’re saying the Qur’an is the same as the Talmud.

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    6. Average American

      And now you’re saying the conquest of America is the same as the Talmud.

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    7. Kyle Renner

      Yawn. More idiotic rambling in a pathetic deflection attempt to someone criticising the Talmud and Torah.

      Islam actually talks about “people of the book” who include Christians and Jews.

      In Palestine and Lebanon, Christians seem to hold far more animosity towards Israel and the Israeli Jews then they do towards any of the Muslim people your kind so readily demonize.


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