Hilltop Youth and New Media: The Formation of a Young Religious Digital-Resistance Community

Hananel Rosenberg, Kalia Vogelman-Natan

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“Hilltop youth” is the name for young religious Jewish people in Israel who, separated from their families, are living in illegal outposts on hilltops throughout Judea and Samaria. The group’s unique religious, sociological, and ideological characteristics differentiate them from other religious communities previously studied in relation to digital culture. In this study, we offer a new angle that provides insight into the hilltop youth’s religious–ideological perception while focusing on their attitude toward new media, smartphones, and social networks, in particular, an attitude that is part of their self-definition as a separatist community. The findings present and discuss the different layers represented within the hilltop youth’s media resistance and how this media-negating ideological position shapes the group’s perception as a religious community that is a counterculture to religious and social sectors in Israel.

Original languageEnglish
Article number411
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2023


  • counterculture
  • hilltop youth
  • media resistance
  • new media
  • religious communities

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Religious studies


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