US Jewish Young Adults React to the Gaza Conflict: A Survey of Birthright Israel Applicants

Gaza report

Michelle Shain, Shahar Hecht, and Leonard Saxe

August 2014

U.S. Jewish Young Adults React to the Gaza Conflict: A Survey of Birthright Israel Applicants examines the reactions of a diverse group of young adults (applicants to Taglit-Birthright Israel) to the 2014 conflict in Gaza. The report compares their responses to the opinions of young adults in the U.S. The findings are based on a survey conducted in early August 2014 of a sample of U.S. based individuals who applied to the trip—both participants and nonparticipants--from 2011 to 2013. Survey questions focused on media consumption, opinions about Israel's and Hamas' action during the conflict, and support for Israel.

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Key findings:

  • All Taglit applicants—both participants and nonparticipants—reported that they sought news from a variety of news sources. Participants were significantly more likely to follow the news “very closely.”
  • All Taglit applicants—both participants and nonparticipants—were far less likely to blame Israel for the violence compared to all U.S. 18-29 year olds.
  • Taglit participants were far more likely than either all U.S. 18-29 year olds and nonparticipants to believe that Israel’s response was about right.
  • The vast majority of both participants and nonparticipants said that they “very much” or “somewhat” supported Israel, although participants were more likely to be “very much” supportive.
  • Taglit applicants—both participants and nonparticipants—are far more liberal than U.S. young adults as a whole: almost two-thirds considered themselves liberal, compared to less than one-third of all U.S. young adults.