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Study: One Third of Young Americans Blame Israel for Gaza Conflict

While American support for Israel has held strong, there is one age group where pro-Zionism is deteriorating

By: Daniel Koren

Published: July 31st, 2014 in News » World

Study: One Third of Young Americans Blame Israel for Gaza Conflict

All over the world, since the launch of Operation Protective Edge 24 days ago, we've seen religious, ethnic and political groups 'take sides' regarding the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.

We've seen demonstrations, acts of anti-Semitism, violence, rallies, etc. Regrettably, Europe - though its leaders continue to condemn such acts of hatred and racism against Zionists and Jews - seems to be showing its true colors, leaving Jews around the world with few allies.

Two of those major allies - Canada and the United States - however, have been unabated in their relentless support of the State of Israel and its right to defend itself.

Just today, Canadian PM Stephen Harper reiterated that Hamas is solely responsible for the deaths in Gaza.

In the United States, several studies have been conducted in the wake of this operation - a CNN poll shows that Americans believe in Israel's right to defend itself while a Pew survey shows that twice as many Americans blame Hamas for the conflict - demonstrating unequivocally that America stands with Israel.

Save for, unfortunately, a small, but significant demographic: the youth.

A new survey published by Pew Research Center asked which party was to blame for the current crisis in Gaza, with 40% blaming Hamas, with only 19% blaming Israel.

Regarding respondents under the age of 30, however, 29% said Israel was to blame while 21% blamed Hamas, and 35% said they weren't sure.

Regarding Israel's offensive in Gaza, 25% said IDF had "gone too far."

The study also looked at ethnicity and its reaction to Israel. 47% of white respondents blame Hamas for the crisis (with only 14% blaming Israel), while 27% of African Americans questioned found Israel to be guilty, with 25% blaming Hamas.

Among the Hispanic community, 35% blamed Israel, with only 20% finding Hamas to be the culprit.

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