Three recent thought-provoking surveys on very different subjects caught my eye. I think the most interesting (and the most detailed - it's worth looking at the raw data) is the poll of East Jerusalem. Here they are, the most recent first, in outline:
Most Israeli men say forced sex with acquaintance is not rape
This was a report of an academic survey which asked both men and women if they believed forced sex with an acquaintance was rape. Six out of 10 men said no – and so did four out of 10 women.
The author, Dr Avigail Moor, said the results illustrated the Israeli public's "tolerant attitude to rape by an acquaintance".
Two recent high-profile cases – the conviction of former president Moshe Katsav of rape, and the investigation of a senior policeman, Uri Bar-Lev – have led to much debate in Israel about the treatment by the police, the press and the public of women making claims of rape. An alleged victim of the Uri Bar-Lev said she felt "like a slaughtered chicken".
Many say that Katsav's conviction is an indication that sexual assault and harassment is no longer tolerated in Israeli society, even at the highest possible levels.
Reported cases of sexual harassment in the civil service rose by 40% last year. Let's hope this was a result of more women having the confidence to come forward than an increase in actual incidents.
Incidentally, the academic survey found that one in 10 of both genders said that even forced sex with a stranger was not rape in their book.
Israeli-Arab men earn around two-thirds of Jewish counterparts
According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, Israeli-Arab men earned an average gross monthly wage of 5,410 shekels (£944) compared to 7,885 (£1,375) for Jewish men.
Employment rates for both groups were similar: 67% for Arab men, 68.8% for Jews.
The data doesn't break down employment rates among Jews, but the figure reflects the high number of ultra-orthodox Jews who don't have paid jobs – 60% according to this report.
Israeli-Arabs claim they are routinely discriminated against in employment, education and the provision of services.
The CBS says that 22% of Israeli-Arab women were employed in 2008, compared to 66.6% for Jewish women. I assume a good chunk of that reflects social/cultural norms in Arab communities.
A third of East Jerusalem Arabs would prefer to be citizens of Israel
A poll asking residents of East Jerusalem in whose state they would rather be citizens got a lot of publicity for the answer. Only 30% said they would choose Palestinian citizenship, 35% opted for Israeli citizenship and another 35% didn't know or gave no answer.
The survey, by Pechter Middle East Polls together with the Council on Foreign Relations, makes interesting reading. Beyond the headline, the top reasons given for preferring Israeli citizenship are, in this order: freedom of movement and transport, higher income, health insurance and job opportunities.
It's not so surprising that people put economic opportunity and services for their families above other considerations - it's the same everywhere. And when you consider the contrast between East and West Jerusalem (and Israel and the West Bank/Gaza) it's even less of a surprise. The question did, after all, people which citizenship they would prefer if they had "all the rights and privileges" of other citizens.
Here are some other nuggets:
• 56% say they face discrimination in services provided by the Jerusalem Municipality.
• At the top of a list of problems in East Jerusalem was delays and restrictions at checkpoints.
• Almost two-thirds say that a new intifada (uprising) if current peace negotiations collapse is very or somewhat likely.