THE NEW ANTI-SEMITISM: 1 Out Of 4 Jewish Millennials Hides Identity

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Illustrative: An anti-Israel ‘apartheid wall’ on display at Columbia University during Apartheid Week in 2017. (Photo: Facebook); U.S. college students protesting against Israel. (YouTube screenshot)

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In an alarming indication of the new anti-Semitism – the demonization of Israel – a recent survey of US and Israeli Jewish millennials shows that over a quarter of US Jewish millennials distance themselves from Israel and their Jewish identity to fit in with their friends.

Sadly, 23% of Jewish millennials said that they were forced to hide their identity due to the anti-Israel sentiment on college campuses, and an even higher number – 28% – say that the anti-Israel sentiment on campus has damaged their relationships with friends. Furthermore, 28% reported that the anti-Israel sentiment on college campuses has resulted in questioning their own commitment to Israel.

The American Jewish Committee (AJC) survey published on Monday, was the first parallel survey of both US and Israeli Jews aged 25-40. It was carried out by YouGov in the US and Geocartography in Israel.

How do millennials explain the rising state of antisemitism in the US? A full 18% of American Jews and 6% of Israelis report that it’s a natural outcome of Israel’s policies regarding Palestinians. On the other hand, 53% of American Jews and 76% of Israelis say that it stems from campaigns demonizing Israel and Jews. About 20% of Americans and 9% of Israelis believe that it is neither.

“On the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, we get another reminder of the antisemitism that continues to rear its head in the United States to such a level that a quarter of American Jews feel the need to hide their Jewish identity in 2022,” said Col. Avital Leibovich, the director of the American Jewish Committee in Israel.

Representatives of Reservists on Duty protesting outside the SJP conference, University of Minnesota, November 2019.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)

7 COMMENTS

  1. It was happening under Trump, too, because the president doesn’t have the authority to stop people from thinking and saying hateful things. Not everything is about presidential politics.

  2. And it’s not going to disappear if Biden is defeated in the next election. This is something the left wing has been working on for a long time and it will take a similarly long time to reverse it. Hopefully Moshiach will come much sooner than that.

  3. “In an alarming indication of the new anti-Semitism – the demonization of Israel…”

    This is simply false. Demonizing Israel is not Antisemitic. It could actually be philo-semitic, depending on the context.

    “Sadly, 23% of Jewish millennials said that they were forced to hide their identity due to the anti-Israel sentiment on college campuses”

    What’s actually sad is that some Jews don’t loudly and clearly proclaim that Zionism always was, and of course remains, Antisemitic (down to its heretical and idolatrous core).

  4. define “Jewish”? Is Mr. Cohen, whose mother isn’t Jewish, but who does go to Temple once a year, considered Jewish? Any data based on the America Jewish Committee reflects its own non-Torah haskafa and should be taken “with a grain of salt”.

    The real question should be how many Jews choose to dress like goyim (no yarmulke for the males, less than modest dresses for the females), and how many of those who dress like goyim are actually Shomer Mitsvos (meaning they are really Jewish, but are afraid to be seen as such).

  5. “Demonizing Israel is not Antisemitic.”

    I’m going to assume you don’t understand the definition of “demonizing.”

    Dehumanize – they are less than human and therefore of no consequence IF they are eliminated.
    Demonize – they are pure evil and MUST be eradicated.