No 1894 Posted by fw, February 16, 2017
“In sharp contrast, almost four times as many Canadians believe that the Canadian government is pro-Israel (61%) than believe it is pro-Palestinian (16%). On February 13, the Green Party of Canada adopted a strong position in support of Palestinian rights. But so far, the Liberal, NDP and Bloc party platforms on Israel-Palestine do not accord with the views of their respective constituencies. Given these survey results, members of these parties should more confidently demand progressive political policy changes in relation to Israel-Palestine.” —Diana Ralph
Below is a repost of an article by Diana Ralph of Independent Jewish Voices summarizing a few of the key findings of a new national survey by EKOS Research Associates of Canada. The full 87-page report is available for free download by clicking on this title: Disconnect: Canadians’ views of the Israeli government vs. Canadian government policy toward Israel and Palestine.
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Results of a national survey of Canadians by EKOS, which Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) co-sponsored, shows that Canadians are at sharp odds with the Canadian government’s and Jewish establishment’s pro-Israel bias.
We should all take heart. After years of organizing against the oppressive conditions Israel imposes on Palestinians, here is tangible proof that Canadians share our values in support of human rights for all in Israel-Palestine.
The poll found that far more Canadians had a negative (46%) than a positive (28%) opinion of the Israeli government. This was particularly true of Liberal Party supporters (55% vs 22%); NDPers (61% vs 7%); Greens (58% vs 5%); and Bloc Quebecois supporters (78% vs 10%). Only Conservative Party supporters tended to have more positive than negative opinions of the Israeli government (21% vs 58%).
In sharp contrast, almost four times as many Canadians believe that the Canadian government is pro-Israel (61%) than believe it is pro-Palestinian (16%). On February 13, the Green Party of Canada adopted a strong position in support of Palestinian rights. But so far, the Liberal, NDP and Bloc party platforms on Israel-Palestine do not accord with the views of their respective constituencies. Given these survey results, members of these parties should more confidently demand progressive political policy changes in relation to Israel-Palestine.
Despite the lobby group Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs’ (CIJA) claim to represent the diverse Jewish community of Canada, the results show that Jewish Canadians are deeply divided, and many hold critical views towards the Israeli government. The study found that Jewish Canadians were more likely to hold a negative than a positive opinion of the government of Israel (39% vs. 32%). They were also far more likely to view the Canadian media as biased toward Israel (48%) than as biased toward Palestinians (7%).
And they shared the overwhelming view of other Canadians that criticisms of Israeli government policies are like those of any other country, and are not necessarily anti-Semitic (93% vs. 7%).
People under 35 years of age tended to hold the most negative views toward the government of Israel. It makes sense because until fifteen years ago, Palestinian issues had received very little publicity in Canada. Especially on university campuses, Palestinian rights activism is working to raise awareness and solidarity.
This study reports on the findings of an EKOS national on-line survey of 1,000 Canadians conducted between January 25 to February 2, 2017. It was commissioned by Independent Jewish Voices Canada, Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East, activist Dimitri Lascaris, and journalist Murray Dobbin. Care was taken to word the questions as neutrally as possible.
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New Survey: On Israel, Canadian Gov’t is out of Touch by Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East, February 16, 2017 — CJPME is delighted to release the results of a Canada-wide survey it has co-sponsored with Independent Jewish Voices Canada, Dimitri Lascaris, and Murray Dobbin. Conducted by EKOS and Associates, the poll provides several key results: Far more Canadians have a negative view of the Israeli government than have a positive view; Most Canadians consider the Canadian government to be biased towards Israel; More Canadians view the media as biased toward Israel than towards Palestinians; and Canadians overwhelmingly believe that criticizing Israeli government policies is not necessarily anti-Semitic.
Disconnect: Canadians’ views contradict government policy towards Israel News Release by Canada Newswire, February 16, 2017 — A new public opinion survey on the Israel/Palestinian conflict reveals a dramatic disconnect between the policies of the Canadian government and public opinion. The survey, conducted by EKOS and Associates, raises serious questions about Canadian policies and the assumptions that underlie them.
Disconnect: Canadians’ views of the Israeli government vs. Canadian government policy toward Israel and Palestine, authored by Diana Ralph, Issued by Independent Jewish Voices, Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East, Murray Dobbin, Dimitri Lascaris, LL.B. February 16, 2017 — Full report on EKOS and Associates survey on Canadian attitudes to Israel-Palestine — Executive Summary: This survey exposes a dramatic disconnect between the opinions of Canadians and the positions of a government that is supposed to represent them. We found that Canadians tend to view the Israeli government negatively. But both the Harper and Trudeau government s have been unquestioningly supportive of Israel’s Government, regardless of its escalating violations of international law and human rights.
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