Poll: 95% of Israelis Believe Racism Is a Problem

Vast majority of respondents - some 79 percent - say Ethiopians experience more racism than any other population group in the country.

Some 95 percent of Israelis believe racism is a problem in Israeli society, according to the results of a survey published Monday in Israel Hayom.

Asked which groups of Israelis – if any – experience racism the most, the vast majority, some 79 percent of respondents, answered Israelis of Ethiopian origin. Some 68 percent, meanwhile, said Israeli Arabs, 41.8 percent said Haredi Jews, and 34 percent said Mizrahi Jews and immigrants from the former Soviet Union.

Only 4.4 percent of respondents to the poll, taken ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on Friday, said that none of these groups experience racism.

Asked whether the government is doing enough to tackle racist attitudes in Israel, only 10.3 percent of respondents said that it was. Some 70.2 percent, meanwhile, said the government wasn't doing enough, and 19.5 percent said that the government actually encourages racism.

The poll was commissioned as part of the "Racism - Not in Our Schools" campaign, in association with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Israel.