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Survey: Holocaust Denial Prevalent Among Israeli Arabs

Some 40 percent of Israeli Arabs believe the Holocaust never happened, according to a new survey.

The figure is up from 28 percent in 2006, according to an annual University of Haifa poll of Jewish-Arab relations released Sunday.

The poll also found that 41 percent of Israeli Arabs believe the country should exist as a Jewish and democratic state, down from 65.5 percent in 2003. In addition, some 53.7 percent believe that Israel has a right to exist as an independent country, down from 81 percent in 2003.

The survey polled 700 Arab-Israeli and Druse men and women.

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