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Beyond the Media:  Looking at Israel Through a Different Lens

Most people who only get their views and ideas about Israel from what they see and read in the news, are seeing Israel with tunnel vision glasses. This article offers alternatives. [Full article...]
By: David  Brinn
Israel > Advocacy
Media and the Press
Zionism


Israel:  The Persistence of Vision

"Any Jew who makes aliyah from the United States is certainly not doing so because of anti-Semitism. We come to be connected to this land. We come to be connected to this enterprise of building a Jewish country." [Full article...]
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Israel
Jewish History
Judaism
Zionism


Being Patriotic in Israel:  In the Path of the Founding fathers?

Given the devaluation of the Zionist identity in recent years, the persistence for defining Israel as "the home of the Jewish people, its historic bastion, the homeland of our people" is not to be taken for granted. However, without it, Israel will not be able to survive for very long as a Jewish state, as it was envisioned by the founding fathers from the labor movement. [Full article...]
By: Israel Harel
Israel > Israeli Society
Israel > Politics
Zionism
Zionism > Post-Zionism


THE land for the Jews?:  Enough with Despair

The national mood is something very real in Israel. In this article the author touches upon the realism of the difficulties of life in Israel versus the meaning of life; all of which find expression in the national mood and the Zionist platform that shape Israeli society. [Full article...]
By: Yair Sheleg
Aliyah InfoBase > Life in Israel
Israel > Israeli Society
Zionism


:  The New Anti-Zionism and the Old Antisemitism: Transformations

A comprehensive analysis of the evolution and impact of Antisemitism and Zionism over the centuries and in modern times. [Full article...]
By: Raphael Jospe
Anti-Semitism
Zionism


The new definition of Zionism:  Jerusalem Program 2004

Zionism is a dynamic ideology. That is why the core definition and aims of Zionism are periodically revised and updated. Below is the text that was indorsed in the Zionist Council session that took place in June 2004 in Jerusalem. [Full article...]
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Official Documents
Zionism
Zionism > Essential Zionist Texts
Zionism > Zionism and the Diaspora


Zionists:  Herzl's Radical Vision changed World History

On February 14, 1896, The Jewish State by Theodore Herzl first appeared in print. Rachel Elboim-Dror reflects upon the importance of the anniversary. [Full article...]
By: Rachel Elboim-Dror
Jewish History > 1860-1948: Early Zionist Age
People > 1860-1948: Early Zionist Age
Zionism
Zionism > Zionism Revisited


Brandeis on Zionism:  A Collection of Addresses and Statements by Louis D. Brandeis

Included in this document are the speeches entitled True Americanism, and The Jewish Problem and How to Solve it. [Full article...]
By: Louis Brandeis
Jewish History > 1860-1948: Early Zionist Age
People > 1860-1948: Early Zionist Age
Zionism
Zionism > Zionism and the Diaspora


Zionism:  The Cry of the Children in Palestine

To the Executive of the Vaad Leumi, Jerusalem, by Henrietta Szold, on September 13th, 1936. [Full article...]
By: Henrietta Szold
Jewish History > 1860-1948: Early Zionist Age
Judaism > Jewish Women
Zionism


Hebrew:  A Century of Jewish Thought

Henrietta Szold reflects on the revival of the Hebrew language. [Full article...]
By: Henrietta Szold
Zionism


Towards a Homeland:  Understanding Jewish Nationalism

What is Jewish nationalism and it's relationship to Judaism? How can an understanding of Jewish nationalism help us understand the meaning of being a Jew in today's world? [Full article...]
By: Eliezer Schweid
Jewish History > 0600 - 1789: Middle Ages
Zionism
Zionism > Who is a Zionist?
Zionism > Zionism and the Diaspora


Ideology:  The Message of Labour Zionism

Labor Zionism represents a particular vision of Jewish destiny- a free nation, building a just society and safeguarding it. Jewish national freedom and social justice are the poles of our doctrine, our point of departure, our destination. The relationship and union between these two values, at times the tensions or contradictions, and, in the final resort, the balance between them, mark the ideological and political course of Labor Zionism in a period of revolutionary change. [Full article...]
By: Abba Eban
Jewish History > 1860-1948: Early Zionist Age
Jewish History > 1948-Today: Modern Zionist Age
Zionism


A Symposium :  Zionism and Its Awareness of the Jewish Past

A Symposium held on the occasion of the 13th Convention of the Historical Society of Israel in December 1967, featured Prof. Yaacov Katz, Prof. Benjamin Eliav, Prof. Shmuel Ettinger, and Prof. Eliezer Schweid. [Full article...]
By: Eliezer Schweid
Judaism
Zionism


Zionism:  The Historical Balance Sheet of Zionist Ideology

Now that Zionism has existed in its modern conception for a hundred years, the time has come to test its relevancy on two planes: The first as a basic analysis of Jewish existence, and the second, as a solution which can act as a guideline for the present and for building the future. [Full article...]
By: Shlomo Dinur
Jewish History > 1948-Today: Modern Zionist Age
Zionism
Zionism > Zionism Revisited


Questions and Answers:  What is Zionism?

In answer to your question... [Full article...]
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Zionism


A Social, Psychological Analysis:  Zionism and Pro-Israelism

Zionism is more than the expression of a positive attitude to Israel and it also connotes more than Aliyah. Zionist ideology represents an all-encompassing approach to the problems of the Jewish People. [Full article...]
By: Simon Herman
Zionism
Zionism > Zionism and the Diaspora


Zion in the Sources:  Yearning for Zion

Have you ever wondered where the world 'zion' actually comes from? This article explores Zion in the Bible, aggadot, customs and laws, ancient and modern poetry, and through the Zionist movement itself. [Full article...]
By: Briana Simon
Artistic Expressions
Jewish History > @ Beginnings of time - 70: Biblical Age
Judaism > Jewish Texts
Zionism


The Rise and Fall of the Builders of Zion Bulletin:  Finchley Cowboys

Our movement's bulletins discussed anything and everything -from nuclear disarmament and ethical relativism to the future of religion and, of course, Zionism. [Full article...]
By: Mordechai Beck
Artistic Expressions > Literature
Zionism
Zionism > Zionism and the Diaspora


The Crisis of Emancipation and the Rise of Zionism:  Mugged by Modernity

What was the impetus for the Zionist movement and why did it develop the way it did? Troy gives us a clue. [Full article...]
By: Gil Troy
Jewish History > 1860-1948: Early Zionist Age
Zionism


Viewpoints on Zionism:  Israel as a Zionist State

What does it mean that Israel is a Zionist state? Read on... [Full article...]
By: Eliezer Schweid
Zionism


Zionism:  Going Back to Our Roots

This article attempts to trace and explain, why after so many thousands of years of hoping or a return to Zion, why that hope should be translated into reality. [Full article...]
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Zionism


Coming Home:  Meaning of Homeland for the Jewish People

More and more ethnic minorities are becoming increasingly involved in their roots and their traditions. Jewish liturgy and politics has always been based around the triangle of the Land of Israel, the People of Israel and the Book of Israel. [Full article...]
By: Amos Oz
Judaism > Jewish Identity
Zionism


Assessing Zionism:  Zionism as a Permanent Revolution

Has Zionism been a complete success story? What makes Israel so central to the Jewish People? Shlomo Avineri looks at these questions and moreover how to insure the Zionist revolution continues. [Full article...]
By: Shlomo Avineri
Zionism


A Study in Compatibility:  Zionism and Socialism

I know of no society where the meaning of life in that society is as much part of everyday conversation as it is in Israel. Wherever you go, the topic is eventually raised: 'What are we doing here?', 'What is the purpose of our lives?', 'Where are we going?'. [Full article...]
By: Barry Shenker
Zionism


A New Relationship with Israel:  'Soprano' Zionism

My grandmother used to sigh, "Shver tsu zayn a yid" it's tough to be a Jew. These days, though, it's even tougher to be a Zionist. It is an act of triple-chutzpah. [Full article...]
By: Gil Troy
Judaism > Jewish Identity
Zionism


In Historical Context:  Zionism and the Upheavals of the 20th Centery

Discussion of historical phenomena always involves the element of time. Thus, with regard to Zionism, one may ask: Why did it emerge when it did, rather than sooner or later? For an answer to this question, attention needs to be given to the broader historical framework within which Zionism arose. [Full article...]
By: Anita Shapira
Jewish History > 1860-1948: Early Zionist Age
Zionism


A List:  The Zionist Congresses

A list of the Zionist congresses including location and year. [Full article...]
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Zionism


A Brief History:  The World Zionist Organization

This article presents the reader with an overview of the history of the World Zionist Organization. [Full article...]
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Zionism


Hagshama - Article III:  The Relevance of Zionism Today

The World Zionist Congress opens on the seventeenth of June, 2002 and there is no way of predicting what the situation will be in either the Middle East or in the World. What is clear, is that if the Congress does not involve serious ideological debate on relevant Zionism, those who claim the World Zionist Organisation and our National Zionist Institutions are obselete will gain the upper hand by default. There is a vital need to re-examine our expressions of Zionism and ensure that our ongoing Zionist goals, actions and ideals are meeting the demands and challenges of the 21st Century. A vital need to rejuvenate and revitalize the Zionist Movement. [Full article...]
By: Haim Hayet
Youth and Hagshama Movements / Organizations
Zionism
Zionism > Zionism Revisited


Nature of Nationalism:  Herzl's Butlers

James Cook misled the British government back home by neglecting to report about the aborigines he spotted on the beaches of New Holland. This convenient omission allowed him to claim the territory for the crown. In the subsequent waves of colonization, the aborigines perished. Modern Australia stands awash in their blood, constructed on their graves, thriving on their confiscated lands. The belated efforts to redress these wrongs meet with hostility and the atavistic fears of the dispossessor. In "Altneuland" (translated to Hebrew as "Tel Aviv"), the feverish tome composed by Theodore Herzl, Judaism's improbable visionary - Herzl refers to the Arabs as pliant and compliant butlers, replete with gloves and tarbushes. In the book, a German Jewish family prophetically lands at Jaffa, the only port in erstwhile Palestine. They are welcomed and escorted by "Briticized" Arab gentlemen's gentlemen who are only too happy to assist their future masters and colonizers to disembark. In between these extremes -of annihilation and assimilation - modern Europe has come up with a plethora of models and solutions to the question of minorities which plagued it and still does. Two schools of thought emerged: the nationalistic-ethnic versus the cultural. [Full article...]
By: Sam Vaknin
Zionism


Supreme Court president says equal treatment of Jews and Arabs forms very essence of Zionism:  Justice Barak pledges to uphold 'Zionist' equality

The equal treatment of Jews and Arabs in dividing up Israeli land is not a "post-Zionist philosophy," Supreme Court President Aharon Barak said on Sunday. [Full article...]
By: Moshe Reinfeld
Israel > Israeli Arabs
Zionism


Resolutions:  Resolutions passed by the XXXIII/2 Session of the Zionist General Council, November 1998

Resoultions made by the Zionist General Council on matters such as The Peace Process, Support of Students, The Memorial of Yitzhak Rabin, Legislative Matters, and Zionist Activity at home and abroad. [Full article...]
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Zionism


A Modern Rendition of An Ancient Motif:  Zionism: A Background

The origin of the "Zionism" is the biblical word "Zion", often used as a synonym for Jerusalem and the Land of Israel (Eretz Yisrael). Zionism is an ideology which expresses the yearning of Jews the world over for their historical homeland - Zion, the Land of Israel. [Full article...]
By: Benyamin Neuberger
Zionism


Herzl and Post-Zionism: Background Text :  Address by Avraham Burg at Mt. Herzl, for the Ceremonial Opening of the Zionist General Council, 17th June 1996

Address by Avraham Burg, then Chairman of the Zionist Executive, and the Jewish Agency for Israel. [Full article...]
By: Avraham Burg
Zionism


Answers:  What is Zionism?

Definitions of Zionism [Full article...]
By: Yigal Allon
Zionism


ZIONISM differs from other national Liberation movements:  Zionism: The National Liberation Movement of The Jewish People

Zionism is a modern national liberation movement whose roots go far back to Biblical times. Its purpose is to return to the Jewish people the independence and sovereignty which are the right of every people. The Jews lost that independence and sovereignty in the Judaeo-Roman war two thousand years ago. [Full article...]
By: Robert Rockaway
Zionism


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