Posted on Friday May 03, 2013 @08:38PM
Select results from a new Pew survey of Muslims worldwide show that Palestinian Muslims are among the most "religiously conservative" and intolerant of all Muslim-majority countries.
Many of the questions showed that Palestinian Muslims rated behind only Afghanistan, Iraq and sometimes a handful of others in their levels of fanaticism.
Here are some of the survey questions with how Palestinian Muslims answered:
Please tell me if you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree, or completely disagree with this statement: Members of your religion have a duty to try and convert others to your religious faith.
"Completely" or "mostly" agree 82%
Some people think that if a man engages in premarital sex or adultery it is justified for family members to end his life in order to protect the family honor. Do you personally feel that this practice is:
Often or sometimes justified: 33%
Some people think that if a woman engages in premarital sex or adultery it is justified for family members to end her life in order to protect the family honor. Do you personally feel that this practice is:
Often or sometimes justified: 37%
Which comes closer to your views? "Islam is the one true faith leading to eternal life in heaven" or "Many religions can lead to eternal life in heaven"?
Statement #1 89%
"Women should have the right to decide if they wear a veil" 53%
"Women should not have the right to decide whether to wear a veil" 35%
"Sharia law is the revealed word of God" 75%
"Sharia law is developed by men, based on the word of God" 16%
"Sharia law should be open to multiple interpretations" 42%
"There is only one, true understanding of sharia law?" 51%
Do you ever participate in inter-faith religious groups, classes, or meetings with Christians or not?
Yes 8% No 91%
"A wife should have the right to divorce her husband" 33%
"A wife should not have the right to divorce her husband" 57%
Agree or disagree? "A wife must always obey her husband"
87% "completely" or "mostly" agree (46%, 41%)
"Do you favor or oppose making sharia law, or Islamic law, the official law of the land in our country?"
89% favor 8% oppose
For those who answered "favor" - should Sharia apply to non-Muslims?
39% yes 43% Muslims only
"Who should have a greater right to parents’ inheritance – sons or daughters, or should both have equal rights?"
Sons 51% Daughter 1% Equal 43%
Is polygamy morally acceptable?
Yes - 48% No - 20% Not a moral issue - 17%
Is drinking alcohol morally acceptable?
Yes - 1% No - 92%
Is homosexual behavior morally acceptable?
Yes - 1% No - 89% Not a moral issue - 5%
Some people think that suicide bombing and other forms of violence against civilian targets are justified in order to defend Islam from its enemies... Do you personally feel that this kind of violence is:
Often or somewhat justified 40% Rarely or never justified 49% (highest percentages justifying suicide attacks of all countries surveyed)
Do you favor or oppose the following: the death penalty for people who leave the Muslim religion?
Favor - 62% Oppose - 29%
Do you favor or oppose the following: punishments like whippings and cutting off of hands for crimes like theft and robbery?
Favor - 72% Oppose - 23% (behind only Pakistan, Afghanistan and Niger)
Do you favor or oppose the following: stoning people who commit adultery?
Favor - 81% Oppose - 14% (behind only Pakistan and Afghanistan)
Those who claim that a Palestinian Arab state would be secular and democratic state are fooling themselves.
Those who pretend that a "one state solution" would respect the rights of a Jewish minority are knowingly lying - especially since such a deal would cut Israel in half where the middle would be only 6 miles wide. Furthermore, never in history has there ever been a single Jewish suicide bomber. I'm sure the "open minded" liberals, Google, and anti-semites would choose to ignore these findings - along with the calls from the Palestinians for mass genocide against the Jews they claim are all "ascended from apes and pigs".
What they don't like to talk about, however, are the statements made by Yasser Arafat and his inner circle of political leadership – that there is no distinct Palestinian cultural or national identity. I'm going to raise those uncomfortable quotations made by Arafat and his henchmen when their public-relations guard was down.
Way back on March 31, 1977, the Dutch newspaper Trouw published an interview with Palestine Liberation Organization executive committee member Zahir Muhsein. Here's what he said:
"The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct “Palestinian people” to oppose Zionism. For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa, while as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan."
Arafat himself made a very definitive and unequivocal statement along these lines as late as 1993. It demonstrates conclusively that the Palestinian nationhood argument is the real strategic deception – one geared to set up the destruction of Israel.
In fact, on the same day Arafat signed the Declaration of Principles on the White House lawn in 1993, he explained his actions on Jordan TV. Here's what he said: “Since we cannot defeat Israel in war, we do this in stages. We take any and every territory that we can of Palestine, and establish a sovereignty there, and we use it as a springboard to take more. When the time comes, we can get the Arab nations to join us for the final blow against Israel.”
No matter how many people convince themselves that the aspirations for Palestinian statehood are genuine and the key to peace in the Middle East, they are still deceiving themselves.
I've said it before and I will say it again, in the history of the world, Palestine has never existed as a nation. The region known as Palestine was ruled alternately by Rome, by Islamic and Christian crusaders, by the Ottoman Empire and, briefly, by the British after World War I. The British agreed to restore at least part of the land to the Jewish people as their ancestral homeland. It was never ruled by Arabs as a separate nation.
Why now has it become such a critical priority? The answer is because of a massive deception campaign and relentless terrorism over 40 years. The truth is that many (including entire governments) use these Muslim extremists and terrorists as a tool to destroy Israel out of anti-semitism.