A soon-to-be-published study comparing Jewish millennials under 30 in the United States and Israel suggests that a great rift divides the two groups, with Jewish millennials in Israel moving to the political right while the Jewish millennials in America move further to the political left.
Professor Sergio DellaPergola of the Hebrew University and Ariela Keysar of Trinity College analyzed data found in two landmark surveys Pew Research Center – one on American Jews in 2013 and the other on Israelis in 2015.
According to the findings, the Jewish-Israeli millennials are less likely to get involved in causes that promote justice and equality outside their own community than their American counterparts.
DellaPergola and Kayser asked the responded whether they agreed with the following three statements: Settlements help Israel’s security; 2. God gave the land of Israel to the Jews; and 3. I do not think a way can be found for Israel and an independent Palestinian state to coexist peacefully.
Thirty-five percent of Jewish Israelis between the ages of 18 and 21 said they agreed with all three statements, suggesting trends of racism and inequality inside Israel. However, among Jewish Americans in the same age group, only 7 percent agreed with the three remarks.
David Sheen of the Electronic Intifada also said he observed the same thing, underlining the frightening consequences of this trend.
“I also observe that, as opposed to their American counterparts, Israeli millennials – those coming of age in the 21st century – are likely to be even more racist than their parents,” he said.