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A new poll of 1800 Jews conducted by a rightwing online Jewish university, called Jerusalem U, reveals generational slippage in support for Israel. A large majority of younger Jews don’t strongly agree that North American and Israeli Jews “share a common destiny.” And if Israel ceased to exist, one in seven Jews are indifferent. Evidently these Jews are mostly Americans, though nationality is not discussed. (Jerusalem U has links to Aish, and to Bernard Lewis, Alan Dershowitz and Dore Gold.)

Fully 87 percent of Jews polled over the age of 50 strongly agree that “caring about Israel is a very important part of my being Jewish.” Ten percent somewhat agree, 2 percent disagree and 1 percent were not sure. However, Jews ages 18-29 strongly agree at 66 percent, 25 percent somewhat agree, 6 percent disagree and 3 percent were not sure. Just over half of Jews polled over the age of 50 strongly agree and 33 percent somewhat agree that, “North American and Israeli Jews share a common destiny.” Only 37 percent of young Jews (18-29) strongly agree and 39 percent somewhat agree.

Of all of the Jews polled, 94 percent agree that, “Israel is the spiritual center of the Jewish people.” Only 14 percent agree that “If Israel no longer existed it would not greatly impact my life.”…

The poll was done online and was sent to email addresses associated with Jerusalem U as well as several other Jewish databases…. The sample is, therefore, more likely to be of Jews who are somehow engaged in the community rather than in a random sample. ..

The poll shows that over two-thirds of Jewish respondents felt that the biggest barrier to encouraging young Jews to be proud of being Jewish and more connected to Israel was that, “young Jews don’t see it as relevant to their lives.” More so than expense, interest, time constraints or lack of anti-Semitism.

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  1. seafoid
    seafoid
    August 27, 2013, 12:33 pm

    “Fully 87 percent of Jews polled over the age of 50 strongly agree that “caring about Israel is a very important part of my being Jewish.”

    It’s easy to say “our mother, drunk or sober”, but it doesn’t help her . If they cared about their mother’s alcoholism, they wouldn’t buy her alcohol. If they really cared about Israel they wouldn’t have sociopaths running the show.

  2. seafoid
    seafoid
    August 27, 2013, 12:53 pm

    “biggest barrier to encouraging young Jews to be proud of being Jewish and more connected to Israel was that, “young Jews don’t see it as relevant to their lives.”

    Why would it be relevant to people living their own lives in the States ?
    I guess people are more interested in Miley Cyrus than going to war against the land of Cyrus the Great.

    And why does pride in being Jewish have to be routed through Israel ? It’s a shoddy ethnocracy with a penchant for bombing civilians.

    • Citizen
      Citizen
      August 27, 2013, 3:07 pm

      If you look at the media outbreak, Miley Cyrus’s performance on the MTV awards is obviously more important than illegal Israeli settlements–to both Jews and Gentiles in America. She’s a looker with a good business agent, doing the usual trip from Disney to Sexy. Her dad (achy breaky heart hick) is on the board of the organization that sponsored her performance. Not much sexy about Israeli settlers from Brooklyn.

      • philweiss
        philweiss
        August 27, 2013, 4:13 pm

        Her performance explains that conundrum the pundits can’t explain, Why We Hate Us

      • just
        just
        August 27, 2013, 5:31 pm

        Oh, but we got little man Horowitz from TX– a “media sensation” with a definite nod (and more) toward “sexy”! (yuk)

        $$$$$$$ spent to make the linky to the achy breaky “heart” of Israel.

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        August 28, 2013, 12:44 am

        This song reminds me of the bots and their difficult and challenging problems with the generational handover of their precious apartheid memes

  3. yrn
    yrn
    August 27, 2013, 1:13 pm

    Seafoid
    Your Understanding regarding been Jewish, is like a donkey understanding Aerospace.

    • eljay
      eljay
      August 27, 2013, 2:11 pm

      >> Understanding regarding been Jewish, is like a donkey understanding Aerospace.

      Since you don’t understand Aerospace, perhaps you could explain the following:

      1. I have seen “Jewish” defined as a religion, a tribe, a people, a culture, an ethnicity, a nation and a civilization. I have seen it said that a person:
      – can be Jewish and atheist, implying that religion is not essential to “being Jewish”; but
      – cannot be Jewish and Catholic, implying that religion (none other than Judaism) is indeed essential to “being Jewish”.

      In light of this, what does “being Jewish” mean?

      2. Given that…
      – not all Jews are religious;
      – many (most?) Jews do not live in Israel; and
      – many (most?) Jews have no tangible connection to Palestine (that is to say that – unlike Palestinians – neither they nor generations of their ancestors have lived in Palestine),
      …why does “being Jewish” require the existence of a supremacist “Jewish State” in Palestine?

    • amigo
      amigo
      August 27, 2013, 3:51 pm

      “Your Understanding regarding “been” Jewish, is like a donkey understanding Aerospace.”y-arn.

      Seems to me you are the one making an “ass” of himsrlf.

  4. Ellen
    Ellen
    August 27, 2013, 1:20 pm

    Fully 87 percent of Jews polled over the age of 50 strongly agree that “caring about Israel is a very important part of my being Jewish.”

    Israel is not Judaism. So maybe younger Jews are closer to Judaism.

    And no state built on religions nationalism is sustainable in the modern world, if ever.

  5. American
    American
    August 27, 2013, 1:22 pm

    ” connected to Israel was that, “young Jews don’t see it as relevant to their lives”

    Good…cause it isnt relevant. If tomorrow Israel was no longer Israel it might be a ’emotional’ lose for the oldies but thats all it would be.

  6. Nevada Ned
    Nevada Ned
    August 27, 2013, 1:35 pm

    The population answering the poll must be self-selected. If I were Jewish, and if I got a questionnaire that I didn’t care about, I just wouldn’t answer.

    Consider some other numbers:
    Most American Jews never visit Israel. (most American Jews do travel abroad, but not to Israel). For example, Woody Allen travel a lot to Paris and Rome, but has never set foot in Israel.

    Most American Jews never give a substantial gift of money to Israel.

    • Citizen
      Citizen
      August 27, 2013, 3:11 pm

      RE: “Most American Jews never give a substantial gift of money to Israel.”
      In what time frame? And, what is your source?

  7. annie
    annie
    August 27, 2013, 1:40 pm

    And if Israel ceased to exist, one in seven Jews are indifferent.

    i wonder what the real figure is for american jews. again, from the article:

    The poll was done online and was sent to email addresses associated with Jerusalem U as well as several other Jewish databases…. The sample is, therefore, more likely to be of Jews who are somehow engaged in the community rather than in a random sample. ..

    so let’s see the random sample.

  8. DICKERSON3870
    DICKERSON3870
    August 27, 2013, 4:31 pm

    RE: “The poll was done online and was sent to email addresses associated with Jerusalem U as well as several other Jewish databases….

    MY COMMENT: It certainly does not appear to be a “scientific (random sample) poll”! ! !
    No wonder Jerusalem U. is associated with Bernard Lewis, Alan Dershowitz and Dore Gold.

  9. German Lefty
    German Lefty
    August 28, 2013, 5:46 pm

    Evidently these Jews are mostly Americans, though nationality is not discussed.

    Of course, Zionist Jews would tell you that the nationality of those polled is “Jewish”. What else could it possibly be? German Jews are not Germans but exiled Jews, right?

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