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Gallup poll: Views of Israeli Actions 

Troubling Signs for Israel

In New Poll of Americans

Mohamad Al Jabban posted on FB:

More hope is coming from the new generation in the US.
This is the first time that the US and the world are watching the cruel injustice live, though Israel atrocity has been there continuously since the massacres of 1948.
Israel could dominate traditional media for 7 decades, but is loosing the war of social media. #USA #Israel #Palestine #Justice

Check the difference between men and female, white and non-white, age, and education. Crazy!

More hope is coming from the new generation in the US. This is the first time that the US and the world are watching the cruel injustice live, though Israel atrocity has been there continuously since the massacres of 1948. Israel could dominate traditional media for 7 decades, but is loosing the war of social media.</p><br /><br /><br />
<p>#USA #Israel #Palestine #Justice

  • I am trying to find a graph I saw back in 2008 suggesting a decrease of positive view of Israel among academics/grads/post-grads over the years, but I cannot find it, will look for it after the mass today.
    Solicited, then rejected by The New York Times – Quickly share before it’s taken down!
    Blumenthal explained how The New York Times commissioned the 11-minute video, but after the paper’s editors saw it, refused to publish it: I was asked to submit something by The New York Times op docs, a new section on the website that published short video documentaries.
    I am known for short video documentaries about the right wing in the US, and extremism in Israel. They solicited a video from me, and when I didn’t produce it in time, they called me for it, saying they wanted it.
    So I sent them a video I produced with my colleague, David Sheen, an Israeli journalist who is covering the situation of non-Jewish Africans in Israel more extensively than any journalist in the world.
    We put together some shocking footage of pogroms against African communities in Tel Aviv, and interviews with human rights activists.
    I thought it was a well-done documentary about a situation very few Americans were familiar with. We included analysis. We tailored it to their style, and of course it was rejected without an explanation after being solicited.
    I sent it to some other major websites and they have not even responded to me, when they had often solicited articles from me in the past.
    Blumenthal, author of the bestselling and widely promoted 2009 book Republican Gomorrah, also spoke about the difficulty he has had getting any mainstream media attention for his new book Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel.
    Just like this video, Blumenthal’s new book offers an unflinching look at the racist reality of Israel that America’s establishment media simply does not have the guts to confront.
    Length: 10:55

Troubling Signs for Israel in New Poll of Americans

Support Coalition Shifts — Democrats and Young Split Evenly

Shifting Support: A pro-Israel demonstrator attends support rally in New York. The coalition of support  for Israel is shifting, a new poll reveals.

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Shifting Support: A pro-Israel demonstrator attends support rally in New York. The coalition of support for Israel is shifting, a new poll reveals.

Hody Nemes Published this July 24, 2014

Despite overall strong backing from Americans for Israel’s war in Gaza, a new poll includes troubling signs for supporters of the Jewish state.

Democrats, liberals, young people and urban dwellers are all split more or less evenly on the war in the new poll by CNN and ORC International, even though 57% of the public backs Israel.

“Under the surface, we see that the feelings among Democrats and liberals are divided down the middle about whether Israel’s actions are justified,”said Steven M. Cohen, a Jewish sociologist at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

Democrats’ mixed feelings have important ramifications, according to Cohen, and “may bode ill” for Americans’ future support of the Jewish state.

“Democrats and liberals are critical here, because frankly, they’re the people who are running our government,” Cohen said.

But not everyone sees cause for concern — or evidence of a changing support base for Israel.

“I don’t think there’s any fracturing of the [pro-Israel] coalition,” said Mark Mellman, CEO of the Mellman Group, a Democratic-leaning polling firm. He noted that Israel has enjoyed overwhelming backing in both houses of Congress, which have unanimously passed resolutions supporting Israel’s right to defend itself.

The fact that some Democratic voters don’t support the war strikes Mellman as unsurprising, given party loyalists’ strong anti-war bent

“Look, it’s nothing new that Democrats are more questioning of any kind of conflict,” he said. “[They] have a much higher bar for military action.”

The poll shows strong – though not overwhelming – general support for Israel’s military campaign against Hamas. Fifty-seven percent of Americans say the Israel’s operation is justified, while just over a third of Americans (34%) disagree.

Previous wars in Gaza in 2011 and 2008-2009 earned similar levels of support from Americans, with 57% and 63% support respectively.

Less welcome news for Israel can be found in its changing favorability ratings, which have fallen 12 percentage points since February, from 72% to 60% – though only 20% of Americans view the Palestinian Authority favorably.

Additionally, nearly 4 in 10 Americans say Israel is using “too much force” in Gaza. (Force? How about total destruction of infrastructure and people?)

Israel’s general favorability is also lower among Democrats, with 39% of Democrats viewing Israel mostly or very favorably versus 67% of Republicans.

The CNN poll did not present data on Jewish Americans’ opinion of the current conflict, though Cohen suggested that Democrat’s mixed feelings could have ramifications for Jewish opinion, since Democrats are “the people who tend to shape the views of American Jews.”

Mellman disagreed, saying there’s no evidence Jews plan to desert Israel anytime soon.

“There’s really just no way of knowing from these polls,” Mellman said. “[But] I think we can say based on past evidence that the Jewish community lines up pretty solidly behind Israel’s actions.”

A recent study by the Pew Research Center argued that the partisan gap is growing over time.

“[D]ating back to the late 1970s, the partisan gap in Mideast sympathies has never been wider,” the authors wrote.

The widening gap, however, is mostly a product of Republicans’ increasing support, not a loss of Democrats’. Although Republican support for Israel has long been higher than Democrats, it was only in the mid-2000s that the Republican numbers began to really take off.

Some see this widening gap as simply a symptom of the broader polarization of numerous political issues that occurred in America over the last decade or more. “Starting in the early 2000s is where we see an intensification of political polarization on other questions,” said Alec Tyson, a senior researcher for the Pew Research Center.

Evangelicals’ increasing love for Israel may also play a role in the divide.

In the Pew survey, 70% of white Evangelical Protestants said they sympathized more with Israel than the Palestinians, compared to 46% of Catholics, and just 36% of religiously unaffiliated Americans.

Contact Hody Nemes at nemes@forward.com or on Twitter @hodifly

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