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Arab-American support for Biden collapses in the face of ‘rock-solid’ support from Israel | Joe Biden

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AAI Poll Shows Increase in Discrimination Against Arab Americans, Increase in Support for Donald Trump

Tuesday, October 31, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. EDT

Arab American support for Joe Biden has plummeted following his response to the latest episode of violence between Israel and Hamas, according to a new poll from the Arab American Institute (AAI). The same survey showed a sharp increase in reports of discrimination against community members.

After the deadly Hamas attacks on October 7, which killed 1,400 Israelis, Biden repeatedly proclaimed the United States’ “strong and unwavering support” for Israel, which responded by strengthening its blockade and bombing the Strip. Gaza. More than 8,000 Palestinians have been killed, according to health authorities in the coastal territory.

According to the AAI, this response caused a “dramatic drop in Arab American voters’ support for President Biden.” There are approximately 3.7 million Arab-Americans in the United States.

“Arab American voters’ support for Biden has fallen from 59% in 2020 to 17% today,” the poll analysis said.

Notably, the data revealed that, for the first time in AAI’s 26 years of polling, a majority of Arab-Americans did not claim to prefer the Democratic Party.

Additionally, 40% of respondents said they would vote for Donald Trump in 2024 – an increase of five percentage points from 2020, marking an all-time high for Arab Americans’ identification with the Republican Party.

“It is important for our organization to know how the community positions itself in this context. And it’s important for us to let the administration know – you risk losing this particular group of the community,” said James Zogby, president and co-founder of the AAI.

The news could cause problems for Biden in 2024.

Although they are a relatively small population, Arab Americans are a crucial voting bloc in key states such as Michigan, which has one of the highest Arab American populations in the country.

Israel’s retaliation for the October 7 attacks is seen by many in the community as disproportionate given the level of destruction and loss of life.

The poll shows that 66% of Arab Americans have a negative view of Biden’s response. Additionally, 68% believe the United States should stop sending weapons and military equipment to Israel and support the United States exercising its influence to call for a ceasefire.

In a speech to the nation on October 20, Biden said: “The security agenda that I am sending to Congress and that I am asking Congress to make is an unprecedented commitment to Israel’s security that will strengthen the qualitative military advantage of Israel, to which we are committed. qualitative military advantage.

Biden has asked Congress to approve $14 billion in new military aid for Israel.

The survey also shows an increase in discrimination against those who are or are perceived to be Arab Americans.

The study found “an alarming number of Arab-Americans ages 18 to 34 reporting they have experienced discrimination based on their ethnicity or national origin.”

Fears that violence in the Middle East will spill over into the United States are high, with eight in 10 Arabs saying they worry about a rise in anti-Arab intolerance. Two-thirds fear it will cause anti-Semitism.

“Half of all Arab Americans feel concerned about discrimination at school, work and in their local community due to recent violence in Palestine and Israel, and two-thirds express concern about showing their support for the Palestinians,” according to the AAI.

These fears are clearly illustrated by the murder of a six-year-old Palestinian boy in Illinois earlier this month. Joseph Czuba, 71, has pleaded not guilty to murder charges, including the killing of Wadea Al-Fayoume and the killing of his mother Hanaan Shahin. The suspect reportedly shouted “You Muslims must die!” » during the attack.

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