Yediot Aharonot recently published an article referring to a poll conducted in Turkey. According to the poll, carried out by a university in Istanbul, the Turks are quite an intolerant people. Their tolerance toward Jews seems to be especially low: as many as 64 percent of the Turks wouldn’t want Jewish neighbors.
Christians were a slightly less disliked, and 48 percent of the Turks would be prepared to suffer Christian neighbors. American neighbors would be tolerated by a whopping 57 percent of the Turks. It’s not quite clear from the article what would happen to the level of tolerance among the Turks if they were to realize that their new American neighbors were in fact Christians or Jews.
The results of the poll show that the only category of people who were less popular than Jews were — unmarried couples. 67 percent of the Turks would not want to live next to a couple living in sin.
Yediot, true to its tabloid character, pointed out to its readers that the Turks evidently don’t mind Israelis coming to Turkey on vacation to spend their hard-earned shekels there, but that they wouldn’t want to live next to them.
Well, in all honesty, if Israelis on vacation are the only exposure that the Turks have to Jews, can one really blame them for not wanting them as neighbors?