House of War:

Conversations with Millennials

Event Description:

"House of War: Conversations with Millennials" is a live event series that promises to transcend traditional narratives and delve into the intricate layers of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict through the eyes and voices of the Millennial generation. Recognizing that Millennials have been at the forefront of social change and digital innovation, this event aims to harness their unique perspectives and experiences to foster a more nuanced understanding of a conflict that has long divided communities and nations. 

At the heart of this gathering is a commitment to exploring the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict beyond the headlines, hashtags, and simplified slogans that often dominate public discourse. By engaging with a wide array of experts, including historians, legal scholars, cultural commentators, religious leaders, and geopolitical analysts, "House of War: Conversations with Millennials" offers an unparalleled opportunity to examine the multifaceted dimensions of the conflict. From the historical roots that trace back centuries to the contemporary legal frameworks shaping the conflict today, the event seeks to illuminate the complex interplay between culture, religion, national security, and economic factors that underpin this enduring struggle.

Millennials, a generation characterized by their digital savviness and social activism, have a unique role to play in reshaping the conversation around the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Their ability to mobilize, inform, and engage through new media platforms brings a fresh perspective to the table, challenging old narratives and fostering a space for critical dialogue and understanding. "House of War: Conversations with Millennials" not only seeks to amplify these voices but also to create a platform where open, honest, and respectful conversations can lead to a deeper appreciation of the nuances and complexities of the conflict.

By moving beyond the entrenched positions and binary oppositions, this event aims to highlight the shared humanity at the heart of the conflict and the potential for meaningful change. Through comprehensive discussions and personal storytelling, "House of War: Conversations with Millennials" invites participants to be part of a transformative journey towards empathy, understanding, and, ultimately, peace. Join us for this pivotal event and be part of a generation that dares to envision a future defined by dialogue, mutual respect, and reconciliation.

Recent polls and studies have demonstrated a concerning trend regarding the views of Millennials towards Israel and antisemitism. According to research from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Millennials are showing higher levels of agreement with anti-Jewish tropes than any other generation, averaging at 5.4 out of 14 potential tropes, indicating a marked increase in antisemitic sentiments within this demographic​​. This trend is not isolated to anti-Jewish sentiments but extends to strong anti-Israel positions, with significant percentages of Americans, especially younger ones, holding views supportive of actions like boycotting Israeli products and believing in Israeli control over media narratives​​.

This growing polarization around views on Israel and an increase in antisemitism among Millennials poses a challenge for fostering understanding and dialogue. Bridging this divide requires a multifaceted approach. Education plays a pivotal role; there is a pressing need to provide comprehensive, nuanced education on the history of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, including the historical, cultural, and geopolitical complexities. Encouraging critical thinking and empathy through direct engagement with diverse narratives can help counteract the spread of oversimplified or biased information.

Dialogue initiatives that bring together individuals from differing backgrounds to discuss and share perspectives on the conflict can also be instrumental. Such platforms need to ensure a safe space for open, respectful conversations where participants can express their views and hear opposing ones without fear of judgment or hostility.

Media literacy initiatives are equally important, given the role of social media and news outlets in shaping public opinion. Teaching individuals to critically assess the information they receive and seek out diverse sources can mitigate the spread of misinformation and bias.

Finally, fostering connections through cultural and academic exchanges between individuals and groups from different sides of the conflict can help humanize the "other" and break down barriers of misunderstanding and prejudice.

As indicated by the intensity of hostilities and the complexity of views, particularly among younger generations like Gen-Z and Millennials, addressing these issues requires sustained, collaborative efforts across educational, social, and political spheres​​.

Additional Information:

Please note, this is a live event series, and the forum is a Twitter space with speakers on video and the discussion being broadcasted to YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Twitch. Participating speakers will be able to stream the event to their own social media channels  as well. Audience members will be able to comment and ask questions by posting their comments on various social media platforms, or by direct messaging our staff on Twitter during the event. Appropriate audience questions or comments will be posted live onscreen for our speaker panel to address in real-time.

For students or speakers under the age of 21, a parental consent form will be required. This event will be moderated in order to endeavor to provide a safe, hate-free forum for learning and education purposes about the Middle East.

Join us as we stand together against discrimination and hate, empowering people worldwide to come together in this critical time of need. This event welcomes individuals of all backgrounds who are committed to truthful dialogue that supports our goal of combating discrimination and promoting understanding and solidarity within our respective communities.

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Daniel Sadan

Host & Producer of live, weekly Twitter space events and podcasts. Started covering geopolitics of the Middle East & North Africa (MENA), the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, history, religion, culture, and now I'm doing American  culture & trending topics.  On Twitter @RealDanSadan.
Decades of experience as a human being, and now podcasting what I know.