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Dr. Tal Elmaliach – “Jewish Youth between Zionism and the New Left, 1967-1973: A Comparative Look”
In the second half of the 1960s, a dramatic process of political, social, and ideological revival took place among the members of the young generation of Jews in the Western world. This development was part of the rise of the New Left, in which Jewish youth played a prominent leadership role. However, in the middle of the decade, and especially after the Six-Day War, a rift occurred between the Jews and the New Left. Many of the non-Jewish supporters of the latter expressed objection, sometimes verging on anti-Semitism, to Zionism, and started seeing it as an imperialist movement. Consequently, most Jews in the New Left abandoned it as a political framework, although they continued to adhere to its values and to the interpretation of reality that it offered.