Annexation Polls (Dahlia Scheindlin)

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Noted public opinion expert and analyst Dahlia Scheindlin recently conducted a set of questions to Israelis about annexation. Respondents were not given the opportunity to say “I don’t know.”  Of interest in the third slide is the large group in the center (69%) in opposition to annexation. When I asked on Twitter, Scheindlin was kind enough to make up a fourth slide tracking religious identity.  None of these numbers are surprising, but they underscore fault lines between secular and religious Israelis around annexation, and, call it what you will, the settlement project in the Israeli occupied West Bank. The significant number of minorities across the secular-religious sectors is also noteworthy. Beyond sensationalistic headlines and setting aside scholar-experts, my own thinking is that questions regarding [1] religion and state and settlements and [2] secular-religious difference in relation to the occupation do not get the attention they require in Jewish public discourse over there in Israel and over here in the United States. This was not the case prior to the massacre of Muslim worshipers in Hebron and the murder of Prime Minister Rabin in 1995 by right wing religious nationalists?

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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1 Response to Annexation Polls (Dahlia Scheindlin)

  1. dmf says:

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