This is particularly disturbing. --MW Many Israeli teens against rights for Arabs, poll indicates Copyright 1998 Nando.net Copyright 1998 Reuters JERUSALEM (January 21, 1998 7:01 p.m. EST http://www.nando.net) - Almost half of the Jewish teens in Israel believe Arab citizens should be denied at least some civil rights, according to a poll commissioned by education officials. The poll, made available to Reuters on Wednesday, showed that 19 percent of the 400 teens surveyed believed Arabs should be expelled from Israel because they endangered its security. And a total of 18 percent say Arabs should be denied some of their rights because they do not serve in the Israeli army, and 7 percent contend that Arabs do not deserve equal rights in Israel. Under law, Israeli Arabs are not required to serve in the army of the Jewish state. A third of those who said Arabs should be expelled from Israel were religious Jews, according to the Geocartography poll carried out earlier this month and commissioned by the education committee of the Union of Local Authorities. Shmuel Abuav, head of the education committee, said the poll results were troubling. "If almost half Jewish youth in Israel believe that Arabs should be denied rights as citizens of Israel, it means the gap between the two communities is still very wide," Abuav said in a statement issued along with the poll. Israeli Arabs make up almost 25 percent of Israel's population and often complain of discrimination. The poll had a margin of error of 4.8 percent.
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