The results of a poll of over a thousand ‘east’ Jerusalem Palestinians were released yesterday by Pechter Middle East Polls. The results speak for themselves.
Question 1: If a permanent, two state solution is able to be worked out, would you prefer to become a citizen of Palestine, with all of the rights and privileges of other citizens of Palestine, or would you prefer to become a citizen of Israel, with all of the rights and privileges of other citizens of Israel? 35% prefer Israeli citizenship, 30% prefer Palestinian citizenship, 35% decline to state.
Question 2: If your current neighborhood became an internationally recognized part of Israel, and you were allowed to move to a different home inside the new state of Palestine, how likely are you to move to a different home inside of Palestine and to become a citizen of Palestine? 54% will not move, 27% will move, 19% don’t know
Question 3: If your current neighborhood became an internationally recognized part of Palestine, and you were allowed to move to a different home inside Israel, how likely are you to move to a different home in an Israeli neighborhood inside Israel, and to become a citizen of Israel? 37% will not move, 40% will move, 23% don’t know
Question 4: How sastisfied or dissatisfied are you with your standard of living? 11% very satisfied, 33% satisfied, 26% neither satisfied nor dissatisfied, 15% not satisfied, 16% not satisfied at all
Question 5: (paraphrased) List what aspect of life in ‘east’ Jerusalem dissatisfies you the most? (1=what dissatisfies you the most, 7=what dissatisfies you the least) 1. Obtaining a building permit, 2. Property tax, 3. Income tax, 4. Personal interaction with Jerusalem Jews, 5. Obtaining a passport, 6. Personal interactions with Jerusalem municipality, 7. Disability benefits
Question 6 (notation paraphased): Do you support division of Jerusalem? 100% of poll participants oppose division because of the limitations on movement such a division would cause.
We are all aware of the problem with polls and how quickly peoples’ attitudes can change. Nonetheless, the results of this poll are similar to those of other polls taken over the past few decades that have indicated that there is an increasing level of satisfaction of life among Palestinians, and that Palestinians living in the West Bank and in ‘east’ Jerusalem are less than excited about the prospect of coming under Palestinian rule–to the point, in many cases, of preferring Israeli residency or citizenship. And what are these Palestinians concerned about? Pretty much the same things as people everywhere–economic issues focusing on taxes.
But it is striking that in the worldwide drive to divide Jerusalem into east and west–the Palestinians, like Israelis, come down heavily on the side of ‘no division’.
israelstreet fact of the day:
What exactly is ‘east’ Jerusalem? It depends on your definition.
1. The 2.5 sq. mi. (6.4 km2) part of Jerusalem occupied by the Jordanian army from 1947 to June, 1967.
2. In June 1967, Israel annexed 27 sq. mi. (70 km2), north, east, and south of the former ‘east’ Jerusalem. Now all of this area, including the former ‘east’ Jerusalem is termed by many internationalists as ‘east Jerusalem.’