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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

The cost of "security"

Israeli human rights group B'Tselem release the results of a new survey:

"Thirty-one percent of the Jewish population of Israel state that they do not know the route of the separation barrier. The figure was obtained in a survey commissioned by B'Tselem. More than one-half of the respondents (53 percent) are aware that part of the route runs along the Green Line and part inside the West Bank. The survey's results also indicate that more than one-third of the public support changing the route of the separation barrier so that it runs entirely along the Green Line.

"The survey also examined public awareness of the harm that the fence's route causes to Palestinians. Thirty-four percent of the respondents stated that they think the route causes great harm to Palestinians, 11 percent said that it causes very great harm, and 22 percent were of the opinion that the barrier does not harm Palestinians at all.

"The poll was taken as part of B'Tselem's campaign to change the fence's route, in which B'Tselem emphasizes the right of the Israelis to live in security. The campaign focuses on the barrier's long and winding route, which is intended to enable expansion of the settlements, doing so at the expense of security and causing extensive harm to the Palestinian residents of towns and villages near the barrier.

"The survey was conducted by the research institute Inter Sight, which questioned 499 respondents over the age of 18, who comprised a representative, random, national sample of Israel's Jewish population. The survey took place during the third week of January 2006."


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