Muslim-majority countries 'hate' Islamic State, see it as threat to their community

As per a report publish in The Independent, a new poll says that since Muslims have been their primary victims, ISIS are seen as a threat to their communities across the Arab world.

Last Updated: Nov 28, 2015, 00:28 AM IST
Muslim-majority countries 'hate' Islamic State, see it as threat to their community

London: Although the word 'Islam' finds place in it's organisation's name, it seems Muslim-majority countries across the world overwhelmingly hate this infamous terror group known as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS).

As per a report publish in The Independent, a new poll says that since Muslims have been their primary victims, ISIS are seen as a threat to their communities across the Arab world.

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Despite rhetoric about supposed "sympathy" for the terrorist group among Muslims in the UK and around the world, research by the Pew Research Centre indicated almost non-existent support in 11 surveyed countries and territories, the report added.

In Lebanon, where ISIS' recent bombing in Beirut killed 43 people, 99 percent of respondents said they had a "very unfavourable" opinion of the group, while 94 percent of Israelis and 89 per cent of Jordanians felt the same.

In the Palestinian territories, 84 percent of people had a negative view of ISIS, both in the Gaza Strip (92 percent) and the West Bank (79 percent).

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"I think it emphasises that ISIS are seen as a threat to communities across the Arab world - Muslims have been their primary victims after all, as was the case with al Qaeda. The brutal nature of their rule, the way they have treated women, all the beheadings, have not endeared them to people. (Respondents) also know that by their actions, ISIS are trying to turn the non-Muslim world against them,” the report quoted Chris Doyle, director of the Council for Arab-British Understanding (Caabu) as saying.

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