IATF Conference Call: Jewish and Arab Perceptions of Israeli...

IATF Conference Call: Jewish and Arab Perceptions of Israeli Society

Jun 28, 2016 12:00pm

Jewish and Arab Perceptions of Israeli Society


Alan Cooperman
Director of Religion Research
Pew Research Center 

Can Israel be a Jewish and a democratic state? How much discrimination is there in Israeli society? Do Jews and Arabs socialize with each other? How important are a secular education and successful career to Jewish and Arab individuals?

These are some of the issues explored in a Pew Research Center survey administered in 5,601 face-to-face interviews in Israel between Oct. 14 2014 and May 21, 2015. Survey findings—including 48% of Jews agreeing that "Arabs should be expelled or transferred from Israel," 76% saying Israel can be a Jewish and democratic state, while 64% of Arabs saying it cannot—continue to make waves. At the same time, responses also show Jews and Arabs value the same life goals and aspirations.

Alan Cooperman, Director of Religion Research at the Pew Research Center, discussed the findings, points of congruence and divergence, and the methodology and demographic data that puts them in context.



Event Details:
Tuesday, June 28 - 12:00 PM ET

About the speaker

Alan Cooperman is director of religion research at Pew Research Center. He is an expert on religion’s role in U.S. politics and has reported on religion in Russia, the Middle East and Europe. He plays a central role in planning the project’s research agenda and writing its reports. Before joining Pew Research Center, he was a national reporter and editor at The Washington Post and a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press and U.S. News & World Report. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1982 and started in journalism at the Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, Mass. He is an author of Mormons in America, Muslim Americans, the U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey, “Nones” on the Rise and A Portrait of Jewish Americans. He also was the primary editor of Global Christianity and Global Restrictions on Religion. He has appeared on numerous media outlets, including NPR, BBC, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the NewsHour, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox, MSNBC and C-SPAN.