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Israelis Back New Social Justice Protests: Poll

A large majority of Israelis – 69 percent – supports the renewed social-justice protests, but Israelis are about evenly split over who was responsible for the violence that characterized Saturday night’s rally in Tel Aviv, according to a Haaretz-Dialog poll conducted on Monday.

The proportion of respondents who said there has been no improvement in social justice since last summer’s protests was, at 67 percent, about the same as those who support this year’s demonstrations. Sixteen percent said the situation has deteriorated in the past year, but 15 percent said it has improved in that time.

The poll, conducted under the supervision of statistics professor and pollster Camil Fuchs, found that 27 percent of the 508 respondents, all of them Jewish, said the police were the only ones at fault in Saturday’s rally. There have been several amateur videos posted online that appear to show police officers using excessive force against protesters.

Twenty-one percent blamed the protesters for the violence, and 29 percent said police and protesters were both at fault.

Respondents were split along demographic lines in their responses to this question, with most of those who described themselves as secular blaming police for the violence and most ultra-Orthodox Jews and Russian-speaking respondents blaming the protesters as well as the police.

For more, go to Haaretz.com

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