BBC Poll 'Israel as Satan's Bastard Child'

LoneGunman

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Courtesy of the Israeli daily paper Ha'aretz..
:)
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/833804.html

(And it should be noted, that these days, one will find far more
anti-Israeli/anti-Zionist sentiment INSIDE Israel, than outside -
given that the propagandists and Israel lobbyists have a tight
control over honest debate on Israel, in the Western media, and
use their 'anti-semitism' smears to stifle justified criticism.
Its not as controlled inside Israel, oddly enough..)


The BBC poll - Israel as Satan's bastard child
By Bradley Burston

A BBC World Service-commissioned poll released this week proves, if nothing else, that the nature of the question pollsters ask will determine the answers they receive.

It also suggested, without having to say so explicitly, that Israel is the bastard child of Satan, the troublemaking twin of its arch-nemesis Iran.

The poll, a survey of more than 28,000 people in 27 countries, asked respondents to rate 12 countries - Britain, Canada, China, France, India, Iran, Israel, Japan, North Korea, Russia, the USA, Venezuela, and the European Union - as having a positive or negative influence.

Who, in other words, is a bad influence? Who's the kid down the block you want your kids to play with, and who's the one - for whatever reason, behavior, stigma, cooties - you want your precious one to avoid.

Significantly, the poll was taken beginning in November, when the memory of the second Lebanon war, bitter, bloody, and high in civilian casualties, was fresh.

According to the BBC, the survey "gave respondents a list of 12 countries and asked whether they had a 'mostly positive or mostly negative influence in the world.
"The country with the highest number of mostly negative responses overall is Israel (56% negative, 17% positive), followed by Iran (54% negative 18% positive), the United States (51% negative, 30% positive), and North Korea (48% negative, 19% positive)."

Wait, there's more.

"Israel also stands out for having the largest number of countries (23 of 27) viewing it negatively. Iran is regarded unfavorably in 21 countries, the United States and North Korea in 20."

One suspects that somewhere in the BBC's august headquarters in London, the poll elicited more than one thin smile of satisfaction.

After all, this is the same news organization accused by an internal inquiry less than a year ago of painting too rosy a picture of Israel.

No further inquiry needed.

For the record, the kids down the block to encourage your kids to cultivate are Canadian. A total of 54 percent said they viewed Canada positively and 14 percent negatively, followed by Japan and France.

"It appears that people around the world tend to look negatively on countries whose profile is marked by the use or pursuit of military power," said pollster Steven Kull, who directed the survey. "This includes Israel and the US, who have recently used military force, and North Korea and Iran, who are perceived as trying to develop nuclear weapons.

"Countries that relate to the world primarily through soft power, like Japan, France, and the EU in general, tend to be viewed positively," he added.

The BBC poll coincides with a Gallup survey of Americans' attitudes toward Israel and the Palestinians, as detailed by Shmuel Rosner in his current blog. As he notes, the poll shows sympathy for the Palestinian side rebounding, reaching its highest level since 1989.

In Jerusalem, a morning radio news report of the BBC poll noted that "Israel invests only $35 million a year for hazbara [loosely, political public relations], and even that budget was cut recently by 5 percent.

Perhaps more telling was the musical frame for the report - an old song whose lyrics go "The whole world is against us."

The whole world is against us
It's a very old tune
Which our forefathers taught us
To croon and also to dance to.
 

Alan

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Bwahahahahaha

28 000 people:eek:

Out of 6,5 billion people :D
 

Datura

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Ya you right it should be higher!!
Atleast the "world" see what a devil Israel is, they need to be brought down!!
Why do YOU think Israel is a devil and should be brought down?
 

noxibox

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They don't need to be brought down, just pushed back within their own borders. When other countries do what Israel has been doing they get firmly rebuked. Israel gets given money and weapons.
 

LoneGunman

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someone should explain statistical sampling to alanf85,
as its a fairly accurate sampling method, which has been
in use for 30 - 40 years, and which (with an error of perhaps
3% either way) - is very accurately and scientifically able
to precisely extrapolate broad data from a narrow
sampling..
(Of course, suspiciously, the first time it didn't appear to work,
was the 2000 US elections).

Find something based on evidence, to 'bwahahahaha' at.
You're reaching, and rather pathetically too :)
 

LoneGunman

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BBC, their stupidity on 911 aside :p - tend to be very highly regarded
as a cornerstone of solid serious journalism.
During WW2, and more recently, secretly in USSR, people risked jail and death
to listen in to the BBC broadcasts, so that they could get an honest view of
what was going on.
So I'd cautiously trust their approach in most things - they have a long
pedigree of honesty and no axes to grind, in how they report on the world.
 

Alan

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BBC, their stupidity on 911 aside :p - tend to be very highly regarded
as a cornerstone of solid serious journalism.
During WW2, and more recently, secretly in USSR, people risked jail and death
to listen in to the BBC broadcasts, so that they could get an honest view of
what was going on.
So I'd cautiously trust their approach in most things - they have a long
pedigree of honesty and no axes to grind, in how they report on the world.
:D :D
 

nivek

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Why do YOU think Israel is a devil and should be brought down?
Because hes anti-semitic, not because of what hes said in this thread but because of what hes said in the past.
 
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