Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Out of all the Muslim respondents in a
global survey, Palestinian Muslims polled highest in favor of suicide bombings
as a justifiable means “to defend Islam.”
A new Pew Research Center survey of Muslims around the globe finds that most
adherents of the world’s second-largest religion are deeply committed to their
faith and want its teachings to shape not only their personal lives, but also
their societies and politics.
In most of the 21 countries where the question was asked,
few Muslims endorse suicide bombing and other forms of violence against
civilian targets as a means of defending Islam against its enemies. But four
out of 10 Palestinian Muslims see suicide bombing as often or sometimes justified,
while roughly half (49 percent) take the opposite view.
In Egypt, 29 percent consider suicide bombing justified at least sometimes.
Elsewhere in the Middle East, fewer Muslims believe such violence is often or
sometimes justified, including 15 percent in Jordan, 12 percent in Tunisia, nine
percent in Morocco, and seven percent in Iraq.