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Are US millenials turning away from Israel?


US millenials the new Hitler Youth ?

Are US millenials turning away from Israel?
By Niall Stanage – 08/09/14 12:50 PM EDT

Young Americans are showing far less fervent support for Israel than older generations, but almost no-one can agree on why the change is happening, how permanent it is likely to be, or what it all means.

Observers offer a laundry list of possibilities

They say millenials are more likely than their elders to be liberal and Israel’s actions — particularly in the current offensive in Gaza — increasingly meet with vigorous criticism in left-of-center circles.

Millenials are also much more avid consumers of social media, on which different narratives explaining the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians are more readily available — as are especially gruesome images of the human toll extracted by Israeli missile strikes.

These young people also don’t have the same memories as their parents.

Many older Americans can still recall the Six-Day War in 1967 or the Yom Kippur War in 1973, during which Israel’s very existence seemed to be threatened by its Arab neighbors.

By contrast, “young Americans have grown up with Israel as an incredible superpower in the region, and with occupation and intifada,” said Ira Stup of J Street, the liberal-leaning pro-Israel lobby group. “Young Americans often have a vision of Israel vis-a-vis Palestine that is more in line with what is going on now.”

There is no mistaking the depth of the generational split.

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7 thoughts on “Are US millenials turning away from Israel?

  1. Its about me, me,me.

  2. Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
    George Santayana

  3. The man who has no sense of history, is like a man who has no ears or eyes. – Adolf Hitler

  4. Read Roger Cohen’s article in last week’s article in the NYT….same theme….what are we gonna do with these kids ?

  5. Millennials are almost exclusively Democrat, and simply follow the current party and Main Stream Media direction with respect to Israel. They are also very much into the “cool” factor, and it’s a lot cooler to side with the rebels. Nothing looks cooler around Brooklyn than to be seen wearing those Arabic scarves.

  6. Encouraging News

  7. The Gaza situation is complicated and the civilian targets are a particular sensitivity. Isreal is in a no-win situation, but they are making it worse by seeming to be indifferent to world opinion and most especially US State Dept concerns. Their focus in on the military conflict but they cannot lose sight of the PR battle as part of their longterm survival strategy.

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