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Kiera Feldman scrutinizes Birthright Israel, which has spent almost $600 million to send more than 260,000 young Jews on free vacations to Israel over the last 11 years:

Alumni often assure me that Birthright is just a fun heritage trip. Funders and officials, too, reiterate Birthright’s “apolitical” nature. In January, J Street announced it would sponsor a Birthright trip. Shortly thereafter, Birthright said a miscommunication had occurred—as a “political” organization, J Street was ineligible. Yet a Birthright trip run by AIPAC, the far more conservative Israel lobby group, has been renewed for years.

“An Epidemic Of Not Watching” Ctd

More depressing news about Israel’s next generation: A recent survey of the political opinion of Israeli youth shows a significant move to the right. More than sixty percent of 15 to 18 year olds and 21 to 24 year olds define themselves as rightwing; 60 percent of the first group prefers strong leaders to the rule of law; an overwhelming majority of the respondents do not believe that negotiations will lead to peace with Palestinians and prefer the status quo.

“An Epidemic Of Not Watching” Ctd

Eyal Press surveys opinion among the youth in Israel: [Y]oung Arabs, who are often portrayed in the Israeli press as implacably hostile to the country’s ideals, support principles such as “mutual respect between all sectors” in higher proportions than their Jewish counterparts (84 versus 75 percent).  … “Maybe it’s not a surprise that the minority … Continue reading “An Epidemic Of Not Watching” Ctd

“An Epidemic Of Not Watching” Ctd

Israel's headlong descent into extremism was not helped these past few weeks by a hideous, ghastly murder of a settler family occupying the West Bank, more missiles from Gaza and a bomb in Jerusalem after many years of relative calm there. Nonetheless, the growing backlash seems almost designed to facilitate even more embitterment among Palestinians … Continue reading “An Epidemic Of Not Watching” Ctd

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It's enough to make you weep: Israeli officials on Tuesday canceled a ceremony planned to honor the Palestinian firemen who assisted in battling the Carmel fire last week, after a number of crew members were refused permits to cross the border. Palestinian Fire Services Commander Ahmed Rizik said that he and his staff were surprised … Continue reading “An Epidemic Of Not Watching” Ctd

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The Israeli far right goes there: The Lehava organization issued a notice Sunday evening, inviting the public to call a voicemail service and record the names of Jewish Israelis renting apartments to Arabs. Lehava, identified with supporters of Meir Kahane, thus adds its weight to the recent call by 50 prominent rabbis to avoid renting … Continue reading “An Epidemic Of Not Watching” Ctd