95% of Israelis admit to 'racism' in homeland

An overwhelming majority of Israelis believe there is racial discrimination against at least one segment of the country's population, a new opinion poll has revealed.

An overwhelming majority of Israelis believe there is racial discrimination against at least one segment of the country's population, a new opinion poll has revealed.

JERUSALEM – An overwhelming majority of Israelis believe there is racial discrimination against at least one segment of the country's population, a new opinion poll has revealed.

According to the survey's findings, published in the Monday edition of Israeli daily Israel Hayom, a whopping 95 percent of Israelis believe that at least one segment of Israeli society is subject to racial discrimination.

Seventy-nine percent of respondents believe Jews of Ethiopian origin suffer most from racial discrimination inside Israel, while 68 percent said Israeli Arabs were the most discriminated against.

Around 42 percent of those surveyed pointed to Orthodox Jews as the most discriminated against social segment, while nearly 34 percent said Mizrahi Jews and immigrants from the former Soviet Union faced the worst racial discrimination.

Only 4.4 percent said there was no racial discrimination against any segment of Israeli society.

The poll was conducted to coincide with the U.N.'s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which will be marked next Friday.

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