Findings from a study conducted by Mada al-Carmel following the terrorist attack in Shafa’amr (2006)

A high percentage of Arab citizens believe that a crime like that committed in Shafa'amr can occur again. More than 70% think that such a terrorist attack is likely to occur again. A similar percentage think that, in such a case, intervention by international institutions should be requested. They have good reason to think this: 40% of those questioned believe that other soldiers like the one who perpetrated the attack exist. Sixty-eight percent think that the General Security Services could have prevented the attack.

Amongst the Arab populace, positions are clear: a great deal of fear of additional crimes exists, and most respondents are of the opinion that the government is involved in the insecurity they feel. These are the findings of a study conducted following the terrorist attack in Shafa'amr, which examined the opinions of Arab citizens on matters concerning their safety. Among the other grave results, it was found that 52% of the respondents think that the government's policies encourage crimes like the one that was perpetrated in Shafa'amr.

The study, which involved a representative sample of 582 people from the general Arab population throughout Israel, was conducted by Mada al-Carmel, which has performed a number of ground-breaking opinion surveys concerning a variety of subjects amongst the Arab population. According to Ameed Sa'abni, Coordinator of the Survey Research Unit of Mada, "The findings of the survey before us should worry the entire Jewish population, which had been accustomed to thinking of itself as a persecuted people. Now it finds itself responsible for a feeling of fear amongst another people. All of this is occurring while the State claims 'equal rights' and 'democracy' for its Arab citizens."

Below are the principal findings:

Seventy-two percent of Arab citizens are afraid of a repetition of the terrorist attack in Shafa'amr, to a great or moderate extent. Some 68.2% fear a similar attack in their community, to a great or moderate extent, and 68.15% are afraid that they themselves will be injured in such an attack.

Of those questioned, about 38% think that the opinions of the criminal who perpetrated the terrorism in Shafa'amr reflect central ideological trends in Jewish society, by contrast to 38% who believe that he represents a marginal trend, and 29% who are convinced that the person who perpetrated the terrorist attack is considered an aberration, and does not represent any trend whatsoever. Nevertheless, 37.5% think that other soldiers exist, who hold opinions similar to those of the terrorist.

Of the respondents, 52.3% are convinced, to a great or moderate extent, that the government's policies and the way it treats its Arab citizens encourage the perpetration of terrorist attacks, similar to the one that took place in Shafa'amr. Furthermore, 57.65%, say that the event exacerbated the tension between the State and its Arab citizens. Of those who participated in the survey, 62% are of the opinion that the government acts against the interests of its Arab citizens all the time or in most cases; or that the government does not concern itself with its Arab citizens at all.

Some 40.5% of those questioned stated that they do not feel safe at all, and 28.75% feel safe only to a small extent. A large majority, 73.2%, expressed strong or moderate support for an initiative by Arab citizens to contact international institutions, and request their intervention, if a repetition of a terrorist attack occurs against the Arab population.