In the lead-up to the International Day to Eliminate Racial Discrimination, which is observed on Friday, a new poll shows that more than 95 percent of Israelis believe that the Zionist regime is plagued by racism.
The poll, conducted by the Hebrew language newspaper Israel Hayom, finds that without specifying any particular class, more than 95 percent of Israeli respondents believe that at least one social class in the Zionist regime suffers from racial discrimination.
According to the newspaper, when naming particular classes, 79 percent of Israelis polled said that Jews of Ethiopian origin suffer from racial discrimination, while around 68 percent suggest that Arabs are discriminated against in Israel.
41.8 percent of those polled believe that extremist religious Jews are discriminated against, and 34 percent said that Sephardic Jews and Jews from the former Soviet Union are also subjected to racism.
Only 4.4 percent of the Israelis polled believe that the Zionist regime is free of racial discrimination.
When asked about the best way to fight this trend of discrimination, 50 percent of those polled responded that education is key.
Strict security imposed on Al-Aqsa Mosque
Meanwhile, the Israeli police shut down for the second day in a row several gates leading to Al-Aqsa Mosque on Monday, preventing Muslim worshipers under the age of 50 from entering the mosque to perform prayers, the Middle Eats Monitor reported.
More than 100 students studying at the mosque's schools were also stopped from reaching their schools.
The director of Al-Aqsa Foundation for Religious Endowments and Islamic Heritage Sheikh Azzam Khatib said the students waited for nearly an hour in the street until the foundation held an urgent meeting with the Israeli police urging them to allow access to schools. "We hope the Israeli police will not repeat these practices," Khatib said.
In a statement Khatib said: "The Israeli actions against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Muslim worshipers are totally unacceptable and cannot be tolerated. We will work to protect the mosque's Arab and Islamic identity from the Israeli ambitions. Israeli police allowed us to open only three out of the ten gates."
While Israeli police deny entry to Muslim worshipers to Al-Aqsa Mosque to perform prayers, they allow Jewish settlers to storm the mosque almost daily to organize tours within its grounds.
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