U.S. Roman Catholics have come out squarely against Israel in a new poll by a Catholic publication. In a survey conducted by The Tablet, a majority of those questioned agreed that they ֲ“would disinvest from companies whose products are used by the Israeli government in the occupied territoriesֲ”.
In the poll of more than 2,800 people, 68.5 per cent supported disinvestment while 75 per cent called for the ֲ“removal of Jewish West Bank settlementsֲ”.
The widespread anti-Israeli sentiment among the polled Catholics was further revealed by the large number who opposed the security fence around Palestinian Authority areas to prevent the entry into Israel of terrorists and suicide bombers. The poll said that 79.4 per cent of those polled disagreed with the statement that ֲ“the security wall is needed to protect the population of [Israel] from suicide bombersֲ”. 80.4 per cent said they ֲ“support international efforts to arrive at a two-state solution between the Israelis and the Palestiniansֲ” while 75.2 per cent said they supported PA Arab calls for an independent homeland within the borders that existed before the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.