Cheryl Levi

Inconsistencies and Contradictions

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A December Harvard Caps Harris poll reveals much about the 18–24-year-old demographic in America.  51% of them believe that Israel should be handed over to Hamas or a Palestinian entity.  Yet, a previous poll taken immediately after October 7 revealed that only 26% of this same demographic believed the same thing.  So, what has happened between October and December?  Clearly, a lot has occurred.  Firstly, Israel’s response to the October attack has changed the mindset of many of these young people.  But other important things have taken place as well.  The massive pro-Palestinian protests, the antisemitic rhetoric by pro-Palestinian professors, and the peer pressure on campuses have greatly contributed to this dramatic change in the perspectives of these young adults.  Furthermore, DEI philosophy which equates Israel and the Jewish people with oppressors, and the Palestinians (including terrorist organizations like Hamas) with victims, has stunningly confused these ridiculously impressionable minds. In fact, the poll reveals that 79% of 18–24-year-olds believe that white people are oppressors, and 67% believe that Jews fall under this category.  These young adults have shown themselves to be mimicking what they are told by their peers and their professors instead of thinking for themselves.

The poll reveals their confusion with the contradictions in their responses.

66% of young adults between the ages of 18-24 believe that the October 7th attack constitutes genocide, 73% believe that it was a terrorist attack, yet 60% believe that it was justified in light of the Palestinian struggle.  So, is it terrorism and the genocide of Jews or is it a justified Palestinian struggle? Or are you saying that you can justify genocide?

While 51% believe that Israel should be handed over to Hamas or another Palestinian entity, 69% believe that Israel has the “right to exist as the homeland of the Jewish people”.  So…which is it?

64% believe that there should be a ceasefire, but only after the hostages are returned, yet 67% believe that there should be an unconditional ceasefire. Am I the only one seeing stars?

If you are getting dizzy, there is a reason.  They are spinning out of control.  In response to questions about the handling of university presidents of antisemitism on campus, 63% said that these presidents were doing enough.  But after the congressional hearings, 73% said that they should resign.  This dramatic shift in opinion can only be accounted for by the simple-mindedness of this age group.  They change their minds instantaneously after watching a TikTok video, listening to the media, or attending a college lecture.  It makes you wonder: Do they actually stand for anything?

In terms of the calls for genocide on their campuses, 53% felt that these calls should be allowed.  70% said they constituted hate speech, and 71% believed these calls to be harassment.  So, for many, hate speech and harassment should be allowed on college campuses.  I suppose that would only work, however,  if the hate speech and harassment were not directed towards them.

I admit that polls have their limitations, but the inconsistencies of these responses are dramatic.  They indicate a befuddled population that is being convinced of one thing one minute and the opposite the next.  This is precisely why university education is so critical.  When I went to university, I wasn’t lectured on what to believe. I wasn’t taught who to hate and who to love.  Nobody told me about oppressed populations who needed to be defended at all costs, including the cost of my own conscience.   I was taught how to analyze.  I was trained in individual thinking, in ways to argue against opinions I disagreed with and the skills I would need to justify my own values and ideals.  Anything else is simply brainwashing.  And it’s easily detected in opinion polls.

About the Author
Cheryl Levi is a writer and a high school English teacher who lives with her family in Bet Shemesh, Israel. She has a master's degree in medieval Jewish philosophy and has written numerous articles about faith crisis in Judaism. Her book, Reasonable Doubts, was published in 2010.
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