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Date 13th April 2008, 8 Nissan 5768
1. Most Israelis Against Breaking of
2. Germany tops global popularity poll
3. The Real Story of 1948: Jewish - not Arab - Refugees
1. Most Israelis Against Breaking of
Subject: Polls: 68.7%:27.5% Israelis oppose sale of chametz inside stores on
Polls: 68.7%:27.5% Israelis oppose sale of chametz inside stores on Passover
Dr. Aaron Lerner Date: 11 April 2008
Telephone poll of a representative sample of adult Israelis (including
Arab Israelis) carried out by Shvakim Panorama for Israel Radio's Hakol
Diburim (It's All Talk) on 9 April 2008.
Do you support or oppose the sale of chametz on Passover inside "closed
places" (IMRA: a judge ruled that the restriction of the sale of chametz
only prohibits the sale of hametz on the street but does not prohibit the
sale of chametz inside stores and restaurants - "closed places").
Total: Support 27.5% Oppose 68.7% Other replies 3.8%
Secular: Support 48.1% Oppose 45.4% Other 6.5%
Traditional: Support 7.6% Oppose 90.6% Other 1.8%
Religious: Support 8.1% Oppose 91.9%
Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis)
(mail POB 982 Kfar Sava)
Tel 972-9-7604719/Fax 972-3-7255730
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2. Germany tops global popularity
Published: 3 Apr 08 08:55 CET
Not used to winning popularity contests, Germany has come out on top of a
new survey of global attitudes to major nations by the BBC.
Germany was the most positively viewed nation, with 56 percent of those asked
having a favourable opinion and 18 percent a negative one. It was the first time
Germany was included in the survey. None of the countries surveyed had negative
majority view towards Germany.
?Germany?s global image is the most positive of all countries evaluated in this
survey. In 20 of the 22 tracking countries the most common view is that
Germany?s influence in the world is ?mainly positive,?? the report said.
The most widespread positive views of Germany were amongst its European
neighbours, including very large majorities in Italy (82 percent), Spain (77
percent), Portugal (76 percent), and France (74 percent). Significant numbers in
Great Britain (62 percent) and Russia (61 percent) also held favourable views of
"We see these survey results as a clear indicator that the world sees Germany as
an open and welcoming place for visitors and investors alike,? Todd Buell, a
spokesman for business booster group Invest in Germany, told The Local.
Japan came in second in the survey with ratings of 56 percent positive and 21
The United States improved its ranking slightly from last year, but some 47
percent of those surveyed still said America had a negative influence on the
world. Only 35 percent had a positive view.
The poll, which interviewed more than 17,000 people in 34 countries, is part of
a regular survey by the BBC World Service. People were asked to measure the
positive or negative influence of Brazil, Britain, China, France, Germany,
India, Iran, Israel, Japan, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, the United States and
the European Union.
3. The Real Story of 1948: Jewish - not
Arab - Refugees
by Hillel Fendel
(IsraelNN.com) Research by international economist Sidney Zabludoff shows that
the Jewish refugees of 1948 suffered more and have been helped less than their
In a paper published by The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Zabludoff shows
that many more Jews were forcibly displaced or expelled from their homes around
the world than Arabs, that they lost significantly more property, and were
helped over the years to a much smaller extent.
The number of Arabs displaced by the War of Independence in 1948 is estimated at
550,000, and another estimated 100,000 were displaced by the Six Day War in
1967. The number of Jews who were forced to move as a result of the Israeli-Arab
conflict was between 850,000 and one million.
It is further estimated that the Jews, most of whom lived in cities, lost $700
million in lost and stolen property - worth some $6 billion in today's dollars.
The Arabs of 1948 and 1967, on the other hand, lost an estimated total of $450
million, or $3.9 billion in today's money.
Zabludoff notes that the case of the Arab refugees is different than any other
refugee crisis in world history, in that aid for their cause has never stopped,
and has been ongoing for nearly 60 years. UNRWA, the United Nations Relief
Works Agency, has poured $13.7 billion dollars into the Arab refugee
concentrations. In addition, Arab and Western countries have given their own
aid over the decades.
The Arabs have also done much better than the Jews in terms of repatriated
assets. Israel returned more than 90% of blocked Arab bank accounts and most of
the contents of safe deposit boxes, Zabludoff notes, while there have been only
"a few cases where Jewish property was restored."
While many of the Arabs living in the Land of Israel left their homes
voluntarily, goaded on by Arab promises that they would come back as victors and
be able to displace the Jews, the Jews in Arab countries were generally expelled
amidst violence, threats and confiscation of their property.
"Since 1920," Zabludoff writes, " all other major refugee crises involving the
exchange of religious or ethnic populations, while creating hardships, were
dealt with in a single generation. Meanwhile, issues such as the 'right of
return' and compensation never were adequately resolved and were largely
forgotten. The same pattern evolved for Jews who fled Middle Eastern and North
African countries, even though their number was some 50 percent larger than
Palestinian refugees and the difference in individual assets lost was even
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