Poll: Majority of Palestinian Authority Muslims Support Suicide Bombings

An Islamic Jihad militant speaks during a press conference in Gaza City on March 12, 2012, following overnight Israel air strikes on the Gaza Strip in which two Palestinians were killed.    AFP PHOTO/ TOPSHOTS/ MOHAMMED ABED

AFP PHOTO/ TOPSHOTS/ MOHAMMED ABED

A poll recently released by the Pew Research Center flies in the face of Barack Obama’s attitude toward the Palestinian people world and their desire for peace. The poll, which was conducted among 11 different nationalities comprised of large Muslim populations, found that there was unanimity among them in their opposition to suicide bombings-with one exception.

One question asked whether suicide bombings could ever be justified. The possible answers were “Never,” “Rarely,” “Sometimes,” “Often” and “Don’t Know.” Unlike their Muslim brethren, 62% of those from the “Palestinian Territories” (the areas of Palestinian Authority-controlled Judea and Samaria, and the area of Gaza) said suicide bombings were “sometimes” justifiable. The next largest group approving was from Lebanon, with 33% approving. Of those who said the suicide bombings were “often” justifiable, 37% of Palestinians approved. The second highest group was from Senegal, at 11%. Read the rest of this entry »