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One third of Palestinians support murder of five Israelis in their home
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A third of Palestinians
support murder of five Israelis
in their home


by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook

A joint Israeli-Palestinian poll has found that a third of Palestinians surveyed said that they supported the attack in which five members of an Israeli family were stabbed to death last month.

Udi and Ruth Fogel and three of their children - Yoav, 11, Elad, 4, and three-month old baby Hadas - were murdered in the Israeli town of Itamar on March 11.

Official Palestinian Authority daily:
"63% of the Palestinians oppose and 32% support the attack in the Itamar settlement in the West Bank in which a family of five was murdered."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, April 7, 2011]

The poll was conducted jointly by the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah.

The poll surveyed 1,270 Palestinians from both the West Bank and Gaza and 601 Israelis on their attitudes to recent uprisings in the Arab world, the renewal of Israeli-Palestinian violence and conflict management, peace initiatives and threat perceptions.