November 4, 2004

by Reb Yudel
Zionist leftist youth groups rise from ashes

Blue shirts are back (Ha'aretz)

The past few years have seen a relatively quiet but fascinating revolution take place among the blue-shirted youth movements, symbolizing the Zionist left.

From skimpy organizations that raised battered flags of an outmoded, devastated world (even before the death of the song about the world that had existed before, which the forerunners of today's youth wanted to raze to the ground) and suffered, among other ills, from the crushing bear hug of political parties and groups that had lost their way, they are becoming an intriguing and meaningful socio-ideological force.

Spearheading this development is the Working and Studying Youth movement, which was established in 1924 in order to protect the rights of young workers. Its heyday as an established central movement came in the 1950s and 1960s, but afterward it found itself relegated to the sidelines, along with the Histadrut labor federation and the labor movement.

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