Press Release

Mada al-Carmel—Arab Center for Applied Social Research published the results of an opinion poll on the topic of civil service. A press conference was held on February 11, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the headquarters of the Follow-Up Committee, in the Warod neighborhood of Nazareth, to review the significant results of an opinion poll that was undertaken by the Survey Unit of Mada al-Carmel—Arab Center for Applied Social Research in Haifa.

Mr. Mohammad Hassan Kna’an, delegate, and Mr. Mohammad Zidan, the head of the Follow-Up Committee, welcomed attendees and, expressed the importance of this topic by saying: “We at the Follow-Up Committee, representing the Arab public, thank all the organizations that work to fight civil service and serve the Arab Sector. We promise to cooperate in opposing civil service, and come up with a progressive outcome to fight the government’s plans.”

Ms. Einas Odeh-Haj—Co-Director of Mada al-Carmel—followed, saying: “We at Mada al-Carmel see the importance of our role in the rationalization of the decision making process by describing what is going on in our community and the issues we are facing, and analyzing it. This will enable our community of citizens, elites, and leaders to take practical positions on the basis of true knowledge.”

The survey included 504 youth responders that ranged in age from 16-22, about the topic of civil service in Israel. The results of the survey reflected the opinions of the Arab youth in Israel on this topic where the percentage of potential error was less than 4.5%.

Dr. Aas Atrash, administrator of the public opinion polls of the Survey Unit at Mada al-Carmel, presented the results that included the following data: 34% of those who participated in the survey had not heard of civil service, while 66% of the rest of the youth knew about civil service. The percentage of opponents to civil service reached 70% of those youth who knew about civil service. 23.3% of those that knew about civil service believed it contributed to Palestinians achieving equal rights to the other citizens of Israel while 68.3% believed that it did not contribute to this.

Dr. Aas Atrash added: “School is repeated as the source of knowledge about civil service more than any other. Friends and acquaintances are the next most frequent answers, followed by different types of media. The data notes that there are many different sources for this information, and that youth’s themselves gain their knowledge about civil service from a variety of sources.”

The survey also included how respondents characterized themselves and the state: 36.5% of them believed that Israel is not democratic, 33.7% said the state is semi-democratic, and 25.9% said that Israel is a democracy. 14.3% of respondents define themselves as Israeli, 33.3% as Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel, 8.3% as Palestinian Arab, 7.4% as Israeli-Palestinian Arab, 8% as Israeli Arab, and the rest as a combination of religion, Arab, Palestinian, and Israeli.

To view the rest of the data from the survey please click here.

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