For the first time, the majority of Palestinians are no longer supporting Yasser Arafat, according to a new opinion poll. But they still support suicide bombing.
In the survey of 1,320 adults, conducted between August 18 and 20, only 26% still supported the Fatah movement, which is controlled by Arafat. They aren’t voting for peace: a majority of Palestinians reject a ceasefire with Israel and support continued suicide attacks on civilians. In all earlier polls, Arafat has always been more popular than the opposition groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad.