Monday, May 09, 2011

64% of Palestinians would not object to Bin Laden burial in "Palestine"

Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

A Palestinian polling institute surveyed Palestinians in the first week of May 2011, apparently before it was known among Palestinians that Bin Laden's body had been buried at sea, and found that:

"64% of respondents stated that they would not object to Bin Laden being buried in Palestine, were such a possibility raised."

Other findings of the polling institute Near East Consulting as reported in the official Palestinian Authority daily: "A survey of Palestinian public opinion on the death of Bin Laden shows that most Palestinians (85%) believe that Al-Qaeda will avenge Bin Laden's death.

86% stated that terror activities around the world will not decrease or be otherwise affected following his death...

56% of those questioned said that they were certain that he had been killed, while 44% believed that he was still alive...

42% of Palestinians still believe that Al-Qaeda will be strengthened following the death of Bin Laden, while 22% believe that it will be weakened; 36% said that its situation will not change."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 9, 2011]

Comment: This speaks to the nature of the society the USA and the West expects us to gracefully accept as a "peace partner". Just as the USA finally acknowledged by way of action though the assassination of Bin Laden, so, too, should it realize we cannot at the present time believe any agreement with the PA is sustainable.

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