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jpsThe Institute of Palestine Studies┬áhas compiled a series of articles from past issues of its Journal of Palestine Studies into a ‘Special Focus on Palestinian Youth‘.

Put together, these articles provide an interesting generational perspective on the Palestine question and the changes and continuaties over time. The special focus contains a total of six articles that first appeared between 1975 and 2006 and provides free access (till 30th June) to the following articles:

Zureik, Elia T. (1975), ‘The Palistinians in the Consciousness of Israeli Youth

Kuttab, Jonathan (1988), ‘The Children’s Revolt

(1999), ‘Through Children’s Eyes: Children’s rights in Shatila Camp’




Why is it that American youth increasingly think that the sending of US troops to Vietnam was ok?

Gallup┬áhas run regular polls among US residents about the sending of US troops to Iraq. The figure indicates that, indeed, most respondents view it as a ‘mistake’, but that this a drop from 2008-09 when far more respondents viewed it as a mistake.

Interestingly, Gallup presents its data also in age-disaggregated and comparative form (comparing three American wars):

The data show significant variation by generation for the (lack of) support for American military action in Afghanistan, Iraq and Vietnam. With the exception of the case of Afghanistan it is among the youngest cohort (18-29 years) that support for the sending of US troops is highest. Moreover, it is only among this age group that the sending of troops to Vietnam in the 1960s is seen as a ‘good’ thing. The Gallup report evokes a Mannheimian explanation in making sense of this observation by stating that ‘perhaps that is because they have no personal memory of the conflict’.

posted by Roy Huijsmans

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