Some interesting findings in the latest Palestinian opinion poll carried out by the PCPSR, here are just a few I found relevant:
- If presidential elections were to take place, Hanniyeh (Hamas candidate) would receive 55% of the votes, whereas Abbas (Fateh candidate) would receive 38% of the votes. If the race was between Hanniyeh and Barghouti instead, Barghouti would win with 48% of the votes vs Hanniyeh’s 46%. Barghouti remains the most popular Palestinian leader, even though Hanniyeh has seen a boost in popularity after the latest Gaza massacres.
- The vast majority (around 70%) called for Presidential and Parliamentary elections as soon as possible.
- 78% believe there is an “epidemic” of corruption in PA institutions.
- Amount of people saying they would immigrate if they could, reached 44% in the Gaza strip, and 22% in the West Bank.
- 29% of Palestinians in the West Bank believe that it is safe to criticize their (respective) government in the West Bank, whereas 35% believed so in the Gaza strip.
- Palestinians in the West Bank are more cynical that the reconciliation government will come to pass (48%). Palestinians in Gaza show more optimism that it will come to pass (64%).
- 68% of all Palestinians believe that security should be under the control of the reconciliation government, whereas 29% wanted security in Gaza to remain exclusively in the hands of Hamas.
- 46% of Palestinians reject the two state solution; 54% are in favor of it. 60% believe that annexation and settlement expansion have made the two state solution unrealistic and impractical.
- On resistance: 83% support joining international organizations, 79% support joining the international court of justice, 63% support popular peaceful resistance. When it comes to armed resistance, the vote was evenly split. Despite this, 81% support Hamas’ methods in fighting the occupation.
Now here is something I found really interesting. Hamas is more popular in the West Bank than in Gaza, and vice versa. Abbas would barely lose to Hanniyeh if the votes were restricted to Gaza, whereas Hanniyeh would have a landslide victory against Abbas if the votes were restricted to the West Bank. Seems like the grass is greener on the other side for both sides.
This should also give the people who overly romanticize Hamas some perspective on their governance. Trust me, they are just as rotten as Fateh in their own way. They just have a different political platform.
My impressions: Some of the results are surprising, some of them contradict themselves as well. The impression I get is that people are genuinely confused as to where to go from here, especially with the failure of negotiations. But as suspected, the amount of people giving up hope on the two state solution rises with every month. It’s true that that doesn’t automatically mean support for the one state solution, but it will get there. It’s the logical next step.
If you’re interested in reading all the results, you can find the complete poll here (Arabic).
so Netanyahu’s speech at the UN was vomit inducing, as always. made some weird parallel netween iran and derek jeter (im not kidding)
“Anteroom of the Brujerdi house in Kashan, Iran, a spectacular mansion completed in 1893 for a wealthy merchant. now it is a museum. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khaneh_Borujerdi_ha
at Kashan university, a teacher asked me how iranian teenagers differed from canadians. I said they were the same, always checking their cell phones.”
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Shahid Abad, Mazandaran, Iran
Shahid Abad is a small village in northern Iran, many of it’s ageing population have had a son or brother who was killed during Iran-Iraq war,
Untitled, Tehran, Iran (2013)
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For Musilin: Call Her Fatimah, photographer Giulia Marchi traces the experience of modern Chinese Muslim women through 22-year-old Ding Lan, one of the many young people studying at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt. Mostly in their early twenties, Ding Lan, whose Muslim name is Fatimah, and her peers make the journey from their hometowns throughout the provinces Gansu, Qinghai, Ningxia, and Henan in hopes of building a deeper understanding of their cultural history outside of China, where they make up the minority population. At the university, students study the Koran and Islamic law while learning to read and write in Arabic.