Israel and the Youth

Sam Levine is the Executive Director of the Western Region for the Zionist Organization of America. He can be reached at SLevine@ZOA.org.


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Many young Jews in America have unfortunately been indoctrinated by a leftist anti-Israel sentiment, which has corroded their minds. David Suissa of the Jewish Journal has written about Gabriel Mathew Schivone, a Jewish student at the University of Arizona, who has grown apathetic with Israel. Schivone wrote in Haaretz that he “simply cannot sit idle while my country aids and abets Israel’s siege, occupation and repression of the Palestinians.” He continues, “I am one of a growing number of young American Jews who are determined to shake off an assumed — and largely imposed — association with Israel.” How sad is this? If you had to bet your life on whether Schivone is politically liberal or conservative, what would you guess?

In 2008, the students at Brandeis University declined commemorating the 60th anniversary of Israel. In addition, when Frank Luntz held focus groups at American universities to probe the lack of interest in Israel among young Jews, he found that they “desperately want peace” and felt Israel was not doing enough to accomplish this goal. As if Israel — which has unilaterally withdrawn from land conquered in defensive wars by forcefully removing Jewish citizens from their homes — does not want peace. Do you think these Jews at Brandeis and other universities, who are irritated with the pesky Jewish state that dares to defend itself against annihilation, are Republicans or Democrats?

These young people, brainwashed by the left, naively look at peace as if it’s some tangible, easily accessible thing that Israel just refuses to accept. But history actually teaches us that peace is often achieved through war. History also teaches us that it is a virtue to fight evil. Furthermore, fighting evil is the most basic form of self-preservation.

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  • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

    Another way of reading this article is: a lot of American Jews are embarrassed by Israel's morally repugnant actions and there is no good conspiracy theory to explain why, so some people are turning to Glenn Beck.

    • mah29001

      Hey Jew-hater….stop pretending you are for peace and against religious fundalmentalism when you don't mind if they're Palestinians.

      • AuditFed

        How is Flipside a Jew-hater? A lot of American Jews ARE embarrassed by Israel's deplorable behavior, as they should be. Criticism of Israel isn't anti-Semitism, despite what you might try to get people to believe.

        • mah29001

          Please don't pretend how much you just want the Palestinians to just live in peace with Israel, when their leaders had time to say otherwise. I am sure you'll only promote what Pallywood is telling you.

          That's a common trend among anti-Semites now….deny their anti-Semitic by just stating they are just criticizing Israel even when they're using classic anti-Semitic rhetoric.

        • mah29001

          Please don't pretend how much you just want the Palestinians to just live in peace with Israel, when their leaders had time to say otherwise. I am sure you'll only promote what Pallywood is telling you.__That's a common trend among anti-Semites now….deny their anti-Semitic by just stating they are just criticizing Israel even when they're using classic anti-Semitic rhetoric.

        • MixMChess

          "Criticism of Israel isn't anti-Semitism, despite what you might try to get people to believe."

          I agree, the difference is Flipiside routinely makes antisemetic remarks about JEWS and seeks the destruction of Israel (going beyond mere criticism).

    • MixMChess

      Huh? A new poll of the American Jewish community finds "deep and ongoing support for Israel," contradicting "speculation that American Jews were becoming disaffected with the Jewish state." Over 94% of American Jews support the existence of Israel and 74% of Jews felt “fairly close” or “very close” to Israel.

      • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

        That sidesteps the issue. I can support the existence of America and feel very close to it while still being disgusted by it.

  • ajnn

    check Flipside's many other postings on Israel.

    His rhetoric is full of anti-semitic stereotypes. He is a typical jew-hating racist.

    Tangentally, his grammar and vocabulary in these other postings suggest he is not an American.

    • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

      There’s no fooling you with the parole of emergentist post-structural communication, is there?

  • potb

    Ahh, Schivone, the guy that isn't Jewish but likes pretending he is. http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?I