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{{about|Zionism as a movement, not the History of Israel||Zion (disambiguation)}}{{short description|Movement that supports the creation of a Jewish homeland}}{{pp-30-500|small=yes}}{{Use mdy dates|date=August 2018}}File:Theodore Herzl.jpg|thumb|upright=1.2|right|Theodor Herzl is considered the founder of the Modern Zionist movement. In his 1896 pamphlet Der JudenstaatDer Judenstaat{{Use American English|date=January 2014}}Zionism ( Tsiyyonut {{IPA-he|t͡sijo̞ˈnut|}} after Zion) is the nationalist{{refn|group=fn|Zionism has been described either as a form of ethnic nationalismBOOK, Medding, P.Y., Studies in Contemporary Jewry: XI: Values, Interests, and Identity: Jews and Politics in a Changing World, OUP USA/Institute of Contemporary Jewry, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Studies in Contemporary Jewry, 1995, 978-0-19-510331-1,weblink 2019-03-11, 11, or as a form of ethno-cultural nationalism with civic nationalist components.BOOK,weblink A Just Zionism: On the Morality of the Jewish State, Gans, Chaim, 2008-07-01, Oxford University Press, 9780199867172, en-US, 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195340686.001.0001, }} movement of the Jewish people that espouses the re-establishment of and support forNEWS,weblink What's the difference between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism?, BBC, 29 April 2016, 31 July 2019, a Jewish state in the territory defined as the historic Land of Israel (roughly corresponding to Canaan, the Holy Land, or the region of Palestine).{{sfn|Motyl|2001|pp=604.}}BOOK, Herzl, Theodor, Theodor Herzl, Sylvie d'Avigdor, Der Judenstaat, The Jewish state,weblink September 28, 2010, republication, 1988, 1896, Dover Publications, Courier Dover, New York, 978-0-486-25849-2, 40, Biography, by Alex Bein,weblink WEB,weblink Zionism, Oxford Dictionary, June 30, 2016, WEB,weblink Zionism {{!, nationalistic movement|access-date=June 30, 2016}} Modern Zionism emerged in the late 19th century in Central and Eastern Europe as a national revival movement, both in reaction to newer waves of antisemitism and as a response to Haskalah, or Jewish Enlightenment.BOOK, Ben-Ami Shillony, Ben-Ami Shillony, Jews & the Japanese: The Successful Outsiders,weblink January 24, 2012, Tuttle Publishing, 978-1-4629-0396-2, 88, (Zionism) arose in response to and in imitation of the current national movements of Central, Southern, and Eastern Europe., BOOK, LeVine, Mark, Mossberg, Mathias, One Land, Two States: Israel and Palestine as Parallel States,weblink 2014, University of California Press, 978-0-520-95840-1, 211, The parents of Zionism were not Judaism and tradition, but antiSemitism and nationalism. The ideals of the French Revolution spread slowly across Europe, finally reaching the Pale of Settlement in the Russian Empire and helping to set off the Haskalah, or Jewish Enlightenment. This engendered a permanent split in the Jewish world, between those who held to a halachic or religious-centric vision of their identity and those who adopted in part the racial rhetoric of the time and made the Jewish people into a nation. This was helped along by the wave of pogroms in Eastern Europe that set two million Jews to flight; most wound up in United States, America, but some chose Palestine. A driving force behind this was the Hovevei Zion movement, which worked from 1882 to develop a Hebrew identity that was distinct from Judaism as a religion., BOOK, Gelvin, James L., The Israel-Palestine Conflict: One Hundred Years of War,weblink January 13, 2014, Cambridge University Press, 978-1-107-47077-4, 93, The fact that Palestinian nationalism developed later than Zionism and indeed in response to it does not in any way diminish the legitimacy of Palestinian nationalism or make it less valid than Zionism. All nationalisms arise in opposition to some "other". Why else would there be the need to specify who you are? And all nationalisms are defined by what they oppose. As we have seen, Zionism itself arose in reaction to anti-Semitic and exclusionary nationalist movements in Europe. It would be perverse to judge Zionism as somehow less valid than European anti-Semitism or those nationalisms. Furthermore, Zionism itself was also defined by its opposition to the indigenous Palestinian inhabitants of the region. Both the "conquest of land" and the "conquest of labor" slogans that became central to the dominant strain of Zionism in the Yishuv originated as a result of the Zionist confrontation with the Palestinian "other"., Soon after this, most leaders of the movement associated the main goal with creating the desired state in Palestine, then an area controlled by the Ottoman Empire.BOOK, Cohen, Robin, The Cambridge Survey of World Migration, 1995, Cambridge University Press, 504,weblink 9780521444057, BOOK, Gelvin, James, The Israel–Palestine Conflict: One Hundred Years of War, 2007, 2nd, Cambridge University Press, 978-0521888356, 51,weblink Ilan Pappe, The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, 2006, p.10–11Until 1948, the primary goals of Zionism were the re-establishment of Jewish sovereignty in the Land of Israel, ingathering of the exiles, and liberation of Jews from the antisemitic discrimination and persecution that they experienced during their diaspora. Since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, Zionism continues primarily to advocate on behalf of Israel and to address threats to its continued existence and security.A religious variety of Zionism supports Jews upholding their Jewish identity defined as adherence to religious Judaism, opposes the assimilation of Jews into other societies, and has advocated the return of Jews to Israel as a means for Jews to be a majority nation in their own state.{{sfn|Motyl|2001|pp=604.}} A variety of Zionism, called cultural Zionism, founded and represented most prominently by Ahad Ha'am, fostered a secular vision of a Jewish "spiritual center" in Israel. Unlike Herzl, the founder of political Zionism, Ahad Ha'am strived for Israel to be "a Jewish state and not merely a state of Jews".Ahad Ha'am, The Jewish State and Jewish Problem, trans. from the Hebrew by Leon Simon c 1912, Jewish Publication Society of America, Essential Texts of Zionism weblinkAdvocates of Zionism view it as a national liberation movement for the repatriation of a persecuted people residing as minorities in a variety of nations to their ancestral homeland.Israel Affairs - Volume 13, Issue 4, 2007 - Special Issue: Postcolonial Theory and the Arab-Israel Conflict - De-Judaizing the Homeland: Academic Politics in Rewriting the History of Palestine - S. Ilan TroenJOURNAL, Ran, Aaronson, 1996, Settlement in Eretz Israel – A Colonialist Enterprise? "Critical" Scholarship and Historical Geography, Israel Studies, 1, 2, 214–229, Indiana University Press,weblink July 30, 2013, "Zionism and British imperialism II: Imperial financing in Palestine", Journal of Israeli History: Politics, Society, Culture. Volume 30, Issue 2, 2011 - pages 115–139 - Michael J. Cohen Critics of Zionism view it as a colonialist, racist and exceptionalistSee for example: M. Shahid Alam (2010), Israeli Exceptionalism: The Destabilizing Logic of Zionism Paperback, or "Through the Looking Glass: The Myth of Israeli Exceptionalism", Huffington Post ideology that led advocates to violence during Mandatory Palestine, followed by the exodus of Palestinians, and the subsequent denial of their right to return to lands and property lost during the 1948 and 1967 wars.BOOK, Nur Masalha, The Bible and Zionism: Invented Traditions, Archaeology and Post-Colonialism in Palestine- Israel,weblink September 15, 2007, Zed Books, 978-1-84277-761-9, 314, BOOK, Ned Curthoys, Debjani Ganguly, Edward Said: The Legacy of a Public Intellectual,weblink May 12, 2013, 2007, Academic Monographs, 978-0-522-85357-5, 315, BOOK, Nādira Shalhūb Kīfūrkiyān, Militarization and Violence Against Women in Conflict Zones in the Middle East: A Palestinian Case-Study,weblink May 12, 2013, May 7, 2009, Cambridge University Press, 978-0-521-88222-4, 9, BOOK, Paul Scham, Walid Salem, Benjamin Pogrund, Shared Histories: A Palestinian-Israeli Dialogue,weblink May 12, 2013, October 15, 2005, Left Coast Press, 978-1-59874-013-4, 87–,


The term "Zionism" is derived from the word Zion ( ,Tzi-yon), referring to Jerusalem. Throughout eastern Europe in the late 19th century, numerous grassroots groups were promoting the national resettlement of the Jews in their homeland, as well as the revitalization and cultivation of the Hebrew language. These groups were collectively called the "Lovers of Zion" and were seen to encounter a growing Jewish movement toward assimilation. The first use of the term is attributed to the Austrian Nathan Birnbaum, founder of the Kadimah nationalist Jewish students' movement; he used the term in 1890 in his journal Selbstemanzipation! (Self-Emancipation),De Lange, Nicholas, An Introduction to Judaism, Cambridge University Press (2000), p. 30. {{ISBN|0-521-46624-5}}. itself named almost identically to Leon Pinsker's 1882 book Auto-Emancipation.


(File:Israel_-_Location_Map_(2012)_-_ISR_-_UNOCHA.svg|thumb|The modern state of Israel, the end goal of the Zionist movement.)The common denominator among all Zionists is the claim to Eretz Israel as the national homeland of the Jews and as the legitimate focus for Jewish national self-determination.Gideon Shimoni, The Zionist Ideology (1995) It is based on historical ties and religious traditions linking the Jewish people to the Land of Israel.Aviel Roshwald, "Jewish Identity and the Paradox of Nationalism", in Michael Berkowitz, (ed.). Nationalism, Zionism and Ethnic Mobilization of the Jews in 1900 and Beyond, p. 15. Zionism does not have a uniform ideology, but has evolved in a dialogue among a plethora of ideologies: General Zionism, Religious Zionism, Labor Zionism, Revisionist Zionism, Green Zionism, etc.After almost two millennia of the Jewish diaspora residing in various countries without a national state, the Zionist movement was founded in the late 19th century by secular Jews, largely as a response by Ashkenazi Jews to rising antisemitism in Europe, exemplified by the Dreyfus affair in France and the anti-Jewish pogroms in the Russian Empire.Wylen, Stephen M. Settings of Silver: An Introduction to Judaism, Second Edition, Paulist Press, 2000, p. 392. The political movement was formally established by the Austro-Hungarian journalist Theodor Herzl in 1897 following the publication of his book Der Judenstaat (The Jewish State).Walter Laqueur, The History of Zionism (2003) p 40 At that time, the movement sought to encourage Jewish migration to Ottoman Palestine.Although initially one of several Jewish political movements offering alternative responses to assimilation and antisemitism, Zionism expanded rapidly. In its early stages, supporters considered setting up a Jewish state in the historic territory of Palestine. After World War II and the destruction of Jewish life in Central and Eastern Europe where these alternative movements were rooted, it became dominant in the thinking about a Jewish national state.Creating an alliance with Great Britain and securing support for some years for Jewish emigration to Palestine, Zionists also recruited European Jews to immigrate there, especially Jews who lived in areas of the Russian Empire where anti-semitism was raging. The alliance with Britain was strained as the latter realized the implications of the Jewish movement for Arabs in Palestine, but the Zionists persisted. The movement was eventually successful in establishing Israel on May 14, 1948 (5 Iyyar 5708 in the Hebrew calendar), as the homeland for the Jewish people. The proportion of the world's Jews living in Israel has steadily grown since the movement emerged. By the early 21st century, more than 40% of the world's Jews lived in Israel, more than in any other country. These two outcomes represent the historical success of Zionism, and are unmatched by any other Jewish political movement in the past 2,000 years. In some academic studies, Zionism has been analyzed both within the larger context of diaspora politics and as an example of modern national liberation movements.A.R. Taylor, "Vision and intent in Zionist Thought", in The Transformation of Palestine, ed. by I. Abu-Lughod, 1971, {{ISBN|0-8101-0345-1}}, p. 10Zionism also sought assimilation of Jews into the modern world. As a result of the diaspora, many of the Jewish people remained outsiders within their adopted countries and became detached from modern ideas. So-called "assimilationist" Jews desired complete integration into European society. They were willing to downplay their Jewish identity and in some cases to abandon traditional views and opinions in an attempt at modernization and assimilation into the modern world. A less extreme form of assimilation was called cultural synthesis. Those in favor of cultural synthesis desired continuity and only moderate evolution, and were concerned that Jews should not lose their identity as a people. "Cultural synthesists" emphasized both a need to maintain traditional Jewish values and faith, and a need to conform to a modernist society, for instance, in complying with work days and rules.Tesler, Mark. Jewish History and the Emergence of Modern Political Zionism. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Printing Press, 1994.In 1975, the United Nations General Assembly passed Resolution 3379, which designated Zionism as "a form of racism and racial discrimination". The resolution was repealed in 1991 by replacing Resolution 3379 with Resolution 46/86. Opposition to Zionism in principle has also sometimes been called racist and has been characterized as fostering the segregation of peoples that should seek peaceful coexistence.WEB,weblink Why anti-Zionists are racists, Jewish Chronicle, November 8, 2012, June 8, 2016, WEB,weblink Formula Could Combat Campus Racism, Jewish Weekly, June 5, 2005, June 8, 2016,


{{See also|Yiddish|Ladino language|Hebraization of surnames}}Zionism was established with the political goal of creating a Jewish state in order to create a nation where Jews could be the majority, rather than the minority which they were in a variety of nations in the diaspora. Theodor Herzl, the ideological father of Zionism, considered Antisemitism to be an eternal feature of all societies in which Jews lived as minorities, and that only a separation could allow Jews to escape eternal persecution. "Let them give us sovereignty over a piece of the Earth's surface, just sufficient for the needs of our people, then we will do the rest!" he proclaimed exposing his plan. {{rp|p.27 (29)}}Herzl proposed two possible destinations to colonize, Argentina and Palestine. He preferred Argentina for its vast and sparsely populated territory and temperate climate, but conceded that Palestine would have greater attraction because of the historic ties of Jews with that area.BOOK,weblink Der Judenstaat, Palästina oder Argentinien?, 29 (31), Theodor, Herzl, German,, 1896, May 27, 2016, He also accepted to evaluate Joseph Chamberlain's proposal for possible Jewish settlement in Great Britain's East African colonies.BOOK,weblink! style="width:50px;"|Year! style="width:60px;"|Muslims! style="width:60px;"|Jews! style="width:60px;"|Christians! style="width:60px;"|Others! style="width:50px;"|Total style="text-align:right;" style="text-align:right;" style="text-align:right;" style="text-align:right;"
last=Tessler publisher=Indiana University Press quote=The suggestion that Uganda might be suitable for Jewish colonization was first put forward by Joseph Chamberlain, the British colonial secretary, who said that he had thought about Herzl during a recent visit to the interior of British East Africa. Herzl, who at that time had been discussing with the British a scheme for Jewish settlement in Sinai, responded positively to Chamberlain's proposal, in part because of a desire to deepen Zionist-British cooperaion and, more generally to show that his diplomatic efforts were capable of bearing fruit. isbn=978-0253208736, {{rp|pp.55–56}}Aliyah (migration, literally "ascent") to the Land of Israel is a recurring theme in Jewish prayers. Rejection of life in the Diaspora is a central assumption in Zionism.E. Schweid, "Rejection of the Diaspora in Zionist Thought", in Essential Papers on Zionism, ed. By Reinharz & Shapira, 1996, {{ISBN|0-8147-7449-0}}, p.133 Supporters of Zionism believed that Jews in the Diaspora were prevented from their full growth in Jewish individual and national life.{{citation needed|date=May 2015}}Zionists generally preferred to speak Hebrew, a Semitic language that developed under conditions of freedom in ancient Judah, and worked to modernize and adapt it for everyday use. Zionists sometimes refused to speak Yiddish, a language they thought had developed in the context of European persecution. Once they moved to Israel, many Zionists refused to speak their (diasporic) mother tongues and adopted new, Hebrew names. Hebrew was preferred not only for ideological reasons, but also because it allowed all citizens of the new state to have a common language, thus furthering the political and cultural bonds among Zionists.{{citation needed|date=May 2015}}Major aspects of the Zionist idea are represented in the Israeli Declaration of Independence:
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File:Delegates at First Zionist Congress.jpg|upright=1.35|right|thumb|The delegates at the First Zionist Congress, held in BaselBaselFile:Memorandum to Protestant Monarchs of Europe for the restoration of the Jews to Palestine, Colonial Times 1841.jpg|thumb|Lord Shaftesbury's "Memorandum to Protestant Monarchs of Europe for the restoration of the Jews to Palestine", published in the Colonial TimesColonial TimesSince the first centuries of the CE, most Jews have lived outside the Land of Israel (Eretz Israel, better known as Palestine), although there has been a constant minority presence of Jews. According to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, Eretz Israel is a land promised to the Jews by God according to the Hebrew and Greek Bibles and the Quran, respectively.WEB,weblink The Promised Land: A Biblical-Historical View,, March 12, 2018, BOOK, Lifting the Veil: The True Faces of Muhammad & Islam,weblink the Quran affirms the Biblical narrative that assigned the Promised Land to the Twelve tribes of Israel on BOTH sides of the Jordan River, river Jordan, 9781451538427, Codsi, Joseph C., 2010-04-29, The Diaspora began in 586 BCE during the Babylonian occupation of Israel. The Babylonians destroyed the First Temple, which was central to Jewish culture at the time. After the 1st-century Great Revolt and the 2nd-century Bar Kokhba revolt, the Roman Empire expelled the Jews from Judea, changing the name to Syria Palaestina. The Bar Kokhba revolt caused a spike in anti-Semitism and Jewish persecution. The ensuing exile from Judea greatly increased the percent of Jews who were dispersed throughout the Diaspora instead of living in their original home.{{citation needed|date=May 2015}}Zion is a hill near Jerusalem (now in the city), widely symbolizing the Land of Israel.This is Jerusalem, Menashe Harel, Canaan Publishing, Jerusalem, 1977, pp. 194-195In the middle of the 16th century, Joseph Nasi, with the support of the Ottoman Empire, tried to gather the Portuguese Jews, first to migrate to Cyprus, then owned by the Republic of Venice, and later to resettle in Tiberias. Nasi – who never converted to IslamBaer, Marc David (2011) Honored by the Glory of Islam: Conversion and Conquest in Ottoman Europe. New York: Oxford University Press. p.137. {{isbn|9780199797837}}Graff, Tobias P.(2017) The Sultan's Renegades: Christian-European Converts to Islam and the Making of the Ottoman Elite. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp.118-163 {{isbn|9780198791430}}According to Cohen (1948), however, Nasi was forced by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed IV to visit him, where, in the presence of the Sultan and to the surprise of his followers, Nasi converted to Islam. – eventually obtained the highest medical position in the empire, and actively participated in court life. He convinced Suleiman I to intervene with the Pope on behalf of Ottoman-subject Portuguese Jews imprisoned in Ancona. Between the 4th and 19th centuries, Nasi's was the only practical attempt to establish some sort of Jewish political center in Palestine."Joseph Nasi", Jewish Virtual LibraryIn the 17th century Sabbatai Zevi (1626–1676) announced himself as the Messiah and gained many Jews to his side, forming a base in Salonika. He first tried to establish a settlement in Gaza, but moved later to Smyrna. After deposing the old rabbi Aaron Lapapa in the spring of 1666, the Jewish community of Avignon, France prepared to emigrate to the new kingdom. The readiness of the Jews of the time to believe the messianic claims of Sabbatai Zevi may be largely explained by the desperate state of Central European Jewry in the mid-17th century. The bloody pogroms of Bohdan Khmelnytsky had wiped out one-third of the Jewish population and destroyed many centers of Jewish learning and communal life.Jewish Encyclopedia, Shabbethai Zebi,weblink the 19th century, a current in Judaism supporting a return to Zion grew in popularity,weblink" title="">"Church History", LDS Official website particularly in Europe, where antisemitism and hostility toward Jews were growing. The idea of returning to Palestine was rejected by the conferences of rabbis held in that epoch. Individual efforts supported the emigration of groups of Jews to Palestine, pre-Zionist Aliyah, even before 1897, the year considered as the start of practical Zionism.C.D. Smith, 2001, Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 4th ed., {{ISBN|0-312-20828-6}}, p. 1–12, 33–38The Reformed Jews rejected this idea of a return to Zion. The conference of rabbis, at Frankfurt am Main, July 15–28, 1845, deleted from the ritual all prayers for a return to Zion and a restoration of a Jewish state. The Philadelphia Conference, 1869, followed the lead of the German rabbis and decreed that the Messianic hope of Israel is "the union of all the children of God in the confession of the unity of God". The Pittsburgh Conference, 1885, reiterated this Messianic idea of reformed Judaism, expressing in a resolution that "we consider ourselves no longer a nation, but a religious community; and we therefore expect neither a return to Palestine, nor a sacrificial worship under the sons of Aaron, nor the restoration of any of the laws concerning a Jewish state".Jewish Encyclopedia, "Zionism,"weblink settlements were established in the upper Mississippi region by W.D. Robinson in 1819. Others were developed near Jerusalem in 1850, by the American Consul Warder Cresson, a convert to Judaism. Cresson was tried and condemned for lunacy in a suit filed by his wife and son. They asserted that only a lunatic would convert to Judaism from Christianity. After a second trial, based on the centrality of American 'freedom of faith' issues and antisemitism, Cresson won the bitterly contested suit.weblink, Jewish Mag He emigrated to Ottoman Palestine and established an agricultural colony in the Valley of Rephaim of Jerusalem. He hoped to "prevent any attempts being made to take advantage of the necessities of our poor brethren ... (that would) ... FORCE them into a pretended conversion."Jewish Virtual Library, "Warder Cresson,"weblink but not practical efforts were made in Prague to organize a Jewish emigration, by Abraham Benisch and Moritz Steinschneider in 1835. In the United States, Mordecai Noah attempted to establish a Jewish refuge opposite Buffalo, New York on Grand Isle, 1825. These early Jewish nation building efforts of Cresson, Benisch, Steinschneider and Noah failed.BOOK,weblink Major Noah: American Patriot, American Zionist, Jerry Klinger, Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation, May 12, 2015, {{Page needed|date=May 2015}}WEB,weblink Mordecai Noah and St. Paul's Cathedral: An American Proto-Zionist Solution to the "Jewish Problem", Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation, May 12, 2015, File:PikiWiki Israel 5628 Synagogue.jpg|thumb|The Great Synagogue of Rishon LeZionRishon LeZionSir Moses Montefiore, famous for his intervention in favor of Jews around the world, including the attempt to rescue Edgardo Mortara, established a colony for Jews in Palestine. In 1854, his friend Judah Touro bequeathed money to fund Jewish residential settlement in Palestine. Montefiore was appointed executor of his will, and used the funds for a variety of projects, including building in 1860 the first Jewish residential settlement and almshouse outside of the old walled city of Jerusalem—today known as Mishkenot Sha'ananim. Laurence Oliphant failed in a like attempt to bring to Palestine the Jewish proletariat of Poland, Lithuania, Romania, and the Turkish Empire (1879 and 1882).The official beginning of the construction of the New Yishuv in Palestine is usually dated to the arrival of the Bilu group in 1882, who commenced the First Aliyah. In the following years, Jewish immigration to Palestine started in earnest. Most immigrants came from the Russian Empire, escaping the frequent pogroms and state-led persecution in what are now Ukraine and Poland. They founded a number of agricultural settlements with financial support from Jewish philanthropists in Western Europe. Additional Aliyahs followed the Russian Revolution and its eruption of violent pogroms,{{citation needed|date=July 2019}} as well as the Nazi persecution of the 1930s. At the end of the 19th century, Jews were a small minority in Palestine.{{citation needed|date=May 2015}}In the 1890s, Theodor Herzl infused Zionism with a new ideology and practical urgency, leading to the First Zionist Congress at Basel in 1897, which created the World Zionist Organization (WZO).Zionism & The British In Palestine {{webarchive|url= |date=November 27, 2007 }}, by Sethi, Arjun (University of Maryland) January 2007, accessed May 20, 2007. Herzl's aim was to initiate necessary preparatory steps for the development of a Jewish state. Herzl's attempts to reach a political agreement with the Ottoman rulers of Palestine were unsuccessful and he sought the support of other governments. The WZO supported small-scale settlement in Palestine; it focused on strengthening Jewish feeling and consciousness and on building a worldwide federation.{{citation needed|date=May 2015}}The Russian Empire, with its long record of state-organized genocide{{citation needed|date=July 2019}} and ethnic cleansing{{citation needed|date=July 2019}} ("pogroms"), was widely regarded as the historic enemy of the Jewish people. The Zionist movement's headquarters were located in Berlin, as many of its leaders were German Jews who spoke German. Given Russia's anti-semitism, at the start of World War I, most Jews (and Zionists) supported Germany in its war with Russia.{{citation needed|date=May 2015}}

Territories considered

Throughout the first decade of the Zionist movement, there were several instances where Zionist figures supported a Jewish state in places outside Palestine, such as Uganda and Argentina.BOOK, Adam Rovner, In the Shadow of Zion: Promised Lands Before Israel,weblink December 12, 2014, NYU Press, 978-1-4798-1748-1, 45, European Jews swayed and prayed for Zion for nearly two millennia, and by the end of the nineteenth century their descendants had transformed liturgical longing into a political movement to create a Jewish national entity somewhere in the world. Zionism'sprophet, Theodor Herzl, considered Argentina, Cyprus, Mesopotamia, Mozambique, and the Sinai Peninsula as potential Jewish homelands. It took nearly a decade for Zionism to exdusively concentrate its spiritual yearning on the spatial coordinates of Ottoman Palestine., Even Theodor Herzl, the founder of political Zionism was initially content with any Jewish self-governed state.BOOK, Caryn S. Aviv, David Shneer, New Jews: The End of the Jewish Diaspora,weblink December 2005, NYU Press, 978-0-8147-4017-0, 10, January 22, 2016, However, other Zionists emphasized the memory, emotion and myth linking Jews to the Land of Israel.BOOK, Caryn S. Aviv, David Shneer, New Jews: The End of the Jewish Diaspora,weblink January 22, 2016, December 2005, NYU Press, 978-0-8147-4017-0, 10, Despite using Zion as the name of the movement (a name after the Jebusite fortress in Jerusalem, which became synonymous with Jerusalem), Palestine only became Herzl's main focus after his Zionist manifesto 'Judenstaat' was published in 1896, but even then he was hesitant.BOOK, Lilly Weissbrod, Israeli Identity: In Search of a Successor to the Pioneer, Tsabar and Settler,weblink January 22, 2016, May 22, 2014, Routledge, 978-1-135-29386-4, 13, In 1903, British Colonial Secretary Joseph Chamberlain offered Herzl 5,000 square miles in the Uganda Protectorate for Jewish settlement.BOOK, Naomi E. Pasachoff, Robert J. Littman, A Concise History of the Jewish People,weblink 2005, Rowman & Littlefield, 978-0-7425-4366-9, 240–242, Called the Uganda Scheme, it was introduced the same year to the World Zionist Organization's Congress at its sixth meeting, where a fierce debate ensued. Some groups felt that accepting the scheme would make it more difficult to establish a Jewish state in Palestine, the African land was described as an "ante-chamber to the Holy Land". It was decided to send a commission to investigate the proposed land by 295 to 177 votes, with 132 abstaining. The following year, congress sent a delegation to inspect the plateau. A temperate climate due to its high elevation, was thought to be suitable for European settlement. However, the area was populated by a large number of Maasai, who did not seem to favour an influx of Europeans. Furthermore, the delegation found it to be filled with lions and other animals.After Herzl died in 1904, the Congress decided on the fourth day of its seventh session in July 1905 to decline the British offer and, according to Adam Rovner, "direct all future settlement efforts solely to Palestine". Israel Zangwill's Jewish Territorialist Organization aimed for a Jewish state anywhere, having been established in 1903 in response to the Uganda Scheme, was supported by a number of the Congress's delegates. Following the vote, which had been proposed by Max Nordau, Zangwill charged Nordau that he “will be charged before the bar of history,” and his supporters blamed the Russian voting bloc of Menachem Ussishkin for the outcome of the vote.BOOK, Adam Rovner, In the Shadow of Zion: Promised Lands Before Israel,weblink December 12, 2014, NYU Press, 978-1-4798-1748-1, 81, On the afternoon of the fourth day of the Congress a weary Nordau brought three resolutions before the delegates: (1) that the Zionist Organization direct all future settlement efforts solely to Palestine; (2) that the Zionist Organization thank the British government for its other of an autonomous territory in East Africa; and (3) that only those Jews who declare their allegiance to the Basel Program may become members of the Zionist Organization." Zangwill objected… When Nordau insisted on the Congress’s right to pass the resolutions regardless, Zangwill was outraged. “You will be charged before the bar of history,” he challenged Nordau… From approximately 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 30, 1905, a Zionist would henceforth he defined as someone who adhered to the Basel Program and the only “authentic interpretation” of that program restricted settlement activity exclusively to Palestine. Zangwill and his supporters could not accept Nordau’s “authentic interpretation" which they believed would lead to an abandonment of the Jewish masses and of Herzl’s vision. One territorialist claimed that Ussishkin’s voting bloc had in fact “buried political Zionism”., The subsequent departure of the JTO from the Zionist Organization had little impact.BOOK, Lawrence J. Epstein, The Dream of Zion: The Story of the First Zionist Congress,weblink January 14, 2016, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 978-1-4422-5467-1, 97, BOOK, Paul R. Mendes-Flohr, Jehuda Reinharz, The Jew in the Modern World: A Documentary History,weblink January 22, 2016, 1995, Oxford University Press, 978-0-19-507453-6, 552, The Zionist Socialist Workers Party was also an organization that favored the idea of a Jewish territorial autonomy outside of Palestine.Ėstraĭkh, G. In Harness: Yiddish Writers' Romance with Communism. Judaic traditions in literature, music, and art. Syracuse, New York: Syracuse University Press, 2005. p. 30As an alternative to Zionism, Soviet authorities established a Jewish Autonomous Oblast in 1934, which remains extant as the only autonomous oblast of Russia.BOOK, Masha Gessen, Where the Jews Aren't: The Sad and Absurd Story of Birobidzhan, Russia's Jewish Autonomous Region,weblink August 23, 2016, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 978-0-8052-4341-3,

Balfour Declaration and the Palestine Mandate

File:Palestine claimed by WZO 1919.png|thumb|right|Palestine as claimed by the World Zionist Organization in 1919 at the Paris Peace Conference ]]Lobbying by Russian Jewish immigrant Chaim Weizmann together with fear that American Jews would encourage the US to support Germany in the war against communist Russia, culminated in the British government's Balfour Declaration of 1917. It endorsed the creation of a Jewish homeland in Palestine, as follows:}}File:King Crane Commission 1919 Summary of Arguments Presented to the Commission For and Against Zionism.jpg|thumb|left|During the 1919 Paris Peace Conference, an Inter-Allied Commission was sent to Palestine to assess the views of the local population; the report summarized the arguments received from petitioners for and against Zionism.]]In 1922, the League of Nations adopted the declaration, and granted to Britain the Palestine Mandate:}}Weizmann's role in obtaining the Balfour Declaration led to his election as the Zionist movement's leader. He remained in that role until 1948, and then was elected as the first President of Israel after the nation gained independence.A number of high-level representatives of the international Jewish women's community participated in the First World Congress of Jewish Women, which was held in Vienna, Austria, in May 1923. One of the main resolutions was: "It appears ... to be the duty of all Jews to co-operate in the social-economic reconstruction of Palestine and to assist in the settlement of Jews in that country."WEB,weblink International Council of Jewish Women, Las, Nelly, International Council of Jewish Women, 20 November 2018, Jewish migration to Palestine and widespread Jewish land purchases from feudal{{citation needed|date=May 2013}} landlords contributed to landlessness among Palestinian Arabs, fueling unrest. Riots erupted in Palestine in 1920, 1921 and 1929, in which both Jews and Arabs were killed.NEWS,weblink Arab discontent, BBC, April 17, 2012, Britain was responsible for the Palestinian mandate and, after the Balfour Declaration, it supported Jewish immigration in principle. But, in response to the violent events noted above, the Peel Commission published a report proposing new provisions and restrictions in Palestine.{{citation needed|date=May 2015}}In 1927, Ukrainian Jew Yitzhak Lamdan, wrote an epic poem titled Masada to reflect the plight of the Jews, calling for a "last stand".BOOK, Lamdan, Yitzhak, Masada, 1927, Upon the German adoption of the swastika, Theodore Newman Kaufman, bent on provoking a race war and eliminating his perception of "inbred Germanism", published Germany Must Perish! Anti-German articles, such as the Daily Express calling for an "Anti-Nazi boycott", in response to German antisemitism were published prior to Adolf Hitler's rise, as well. This has given birth to the conspiracy theory that Jews started the holocaust, although the Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels was largely responsible for ignoring the patriotic Jew, and for instead promoting anti-German materials as "evidence" that the Jews needed to be eradicated.

Rise of Hitler

{{more citations needed section|date=March 2013}}In 1933, Hitler came to power in Germany, and in 1935 the Nuremberg Laws made German Jews (and later Austrian and Czech Jews) stateless refugees. Similar rules were applied by the many Nazi allies in Europe. The subsequent growth in Jewish migration and the impact of Nazi propaganda aimed at the Arab world led to the 1936–1939 Arab revolt in Palestine. Britain established the Peel Commission to investigate the situation. The commission did not consider the situation of Jews in Europe, but called for a two-state solution and compulsory transfer of populations. Britain rejected this solution and instead implemented the White Paper of 1939. This planned to end Jewish immigration by 1944 and to allow no more than 75,000 additional Jewish migrants. This was disastrous to European Jews already being gravely discriminated against and in need of a place to seek refuge. The British maintained this policy until the end of the Mandate.{{citation needed|date=May 2015}}The growth of the Jewish community in Palestine and the devastation of European Jewish life sidelined the World Zionist Organization. The Jewish Agency for Palestine under the leadership of David Ben-Gurion increasingly dictated policy with support from American Zionists who provided funding and influence in Washington, D.C., including via the highly effective American Palestine Committee.{{citation needed|date=May 2015}}File:Declaration of State of Israel 1948 2.jpg|thumb|right|David Ben-GurionDavid Ben-GurionDuring World War II, as the horrors of the Holocaust became known, the Zionist leadership formulated the One Million Plan, a reduction from Ben-Gurion's previous target of two million immigrants. Following the end of the war, a massive wave of stateless Jews, mainly Holocaust survivors, began migrating to Palestine in small boats in defiance of British rules. The Holocaust united much of the rest of world Jewry behind the Zionist project.JOURNAL, Johnson, Paul, The Miracle, Commentary, May 1998, 105, 21–28, The British either imprisoned these Jews in Cyprus or sent them to the British-controlled Allied Occupation Zones in Germany. The British, having faced the 1936–1939 Arab revolt against mass Jewish immigration into Palestine, were now facing opposition by Zionist groups in Palestine for subsequent restrictions. In January 1946 the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry was a joint British and American committee set up to examine the political, economic and social conditions in Palestine as they bore upon the problem of Jewish immigration and settlement and the well-being of the peoples living there; to consult representatives of Arabs and Jews, and to make other recommendations 'as necessary' for ad interim handling of these problems as well as for their eventual solution.Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry - Preface. Yale Law School. Ultimately the Committee's plans were rejected by both Arabs and Jews; and Britain decided to refer the problem to the United Nations.{{citation needed|date=May 2015}}


File:1948 Arab Israeli War - May 15-June 10.svg|thumb|upright=1.15|Arab offensive at the beginning of the 1948 Arab-Israeli war1948 Arab-Israeli warWith the German invasion of Russia in 1941, Stalin reversed his long-standing opposition to Zionism, and tried to mobilize worldwide Jewish support for the Soviet war effort. A Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee was set up in Moscow. Many thousands of Jewish refugees fled the Nazis and entered the Soviet Union during the war, where they reinvigorated Jewish religious activities and opened new synagogues.BOOK, Hiroaki Kuromiya, Stalin,weblink 2013, Routledge, 193, 9781317867807, In May 1947 Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko told the United Nations that the USSR supported the partition of Palestine into a Jewish and an Arab state. The USSR formally voted that way in the UN in November 1947.BOOK, P. Mendes, Jews and the Left: The Rise and Fall of a Political Alliance,weblink 2014, Springer, 107, 9781137008305, However once Israel was established, Stalin reversed positions, favoured the Arabs, arrested the leaders of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee, and launched attacks on Jews in the USSR.Gabriel Gorodetsky, "The Soviet Union's role in the creation of the state of Israel." Journal of Israeli History 22.1 (2003): 4-20.In 1947, the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine recommended that western Palestine should be partitioned into a Jewish state, an Arab state and a UN-controlled territory, Corpus separatum, around Jerusalem.United Nations Special Committee on Palestine; report to the General Assembly, A/364, September 3, 1947 This partition plan was adopted on November 29, 1947 with UN GA Resolution 181, 33 votes in favor, 13 against, and 10 abstentions. The vote led to celebrations in Jewish communities and protests in Arab communities throughout Palestine.{{YouTube|rEGUPlhtMWQ|Three minutes, 2000 years}}, Video from the Jewish Agency for Israel Violence throughout the country, previously a Jewish insurgency against the British, with some sporadic Jewish-Arab fighting, spiralled into the 1947–1949 Palestine war. The conflict led to an exodus of about 711,000 Palestinian Arabs,General Progress Report and Supplementary Report of the United Nations Conciliation Commission for Palestine, Covering the period from December 11, 1949 to October 23, 1950 {{webarchive |url= |date=May 20, 2014}}, ( A/1367/Rev.1); October 23, 1950 known in Arabic as al-Nakba ("the Catastrophe"). More than a quarter had already fled prior to the declaration of the State of Israel and the start of the 1948 Arab–Israeli War. Later, a series of laws passed by the first Israeli government prevented Palestinians from returning to their homes, or claiming their property. They and many of their descendants remain refugees.Kodmani-Darwish, p. 126; Féron, Féron, p. 94.WEB,weblink United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, UNRWA, January 7, 2015, January 22, 2016, The flight and expulsion of the Palestinians has since been widely, and controversially, described as having involved ethnic cleansing.NEWS, Memories and maps keep alive Palestinian hopes of return, Ian Black, The Guardian, November 26, 2010,weblink London, Shavit, Ari. Survival of the Fittest? An Interview with Benny Morris. Logos. Winter 2004 According to a growing consensus between Israeli and Palestinian historians, expulsion and destruction of villages played a part in the origin of the Palestinian refugees.The expulsion of the Palestinians re-examined (Le Monde Diplomatique, English version, December 1997)Were they expelled? by Pappé, Ilan (Zochrot) {{Webarchive|url= |date=August 19, 2014 }} "the important point is a growing consensus among Israeli and Palestinian historians about the Israeli expulsion of the Palestinians in 1948 (expulsion and the destruction of villages and towns)" (...) "The gist of the common ground is a consensus between the 'new historians' in Israel and many Palestinian historians that Israel bore the main responsibility for the making of the problem." Efraim Karsh, however, states that most of the Arabs who fled left of their own accord or were pressured to leave by their fellow Arabs {{dubious|Efraim Karsh|date=September 2019}}, despite Israeli attempts to convince them to stay.JOURNAL, Karsh, Efraim,weblink Rewriting Israel's History, The Middle East Quarterly, June 1996, August 10, 2014, cf. JOURNAL, Teveth, Shabtai, The Palestine Arab Refugee Problem and Its Origins, Middle Eastern Studies, 26, 2, 214–249, April 1990, 4283366, 10.1080/00263209008700816, {{undue weight inline|reason=Karsh is published here in the periodical of a think tank; it is completely inappropriate to weigh his fringe opinion here equal to the entire scholarly mainstream.|date=September 2019}}File:Op Magic Carpet (Yemenites).jpg|thumb|Yemenite Jews on their way to Israel during Operation Magic CarpetOperation Magic CarpetSince the creation of the State of Israel, the World Zionist Organization has functioned mainly as an organization dedicated to assisting and encouraging Jews to migrate to Israel. It has provided political support for Israel in other countries but plays little role in internal Israeli politics. The movement's major success since 1948 was in providing logistical support for migrating Jews and, most importantly, in assisting Soviet Jews in their struggle with the authorities over the right to leave the USSR and to practice their religion in freedom, and the exodus of 850,000 Jews from the Arab world, mostly to Israel. In 1944–45, Ben-Gurion described the One Million Plan to foreign officials as being the "primary goal and top priority of the Zionist movement."{{sfn|Hacohen|1991|p=262 #2|ps=:"In meetings with foreign officials at the end of 1944 and during 1945, Ben-Gurion cited the plan to enable one million refugees to enter Palestine immediately as the primary goal and top priority of the Zionist movement.}} The immigration restrictions of the British White Paper of 1939 meant that such a plan could not be put into large scale effect until the Israeli Declaration of Independence in May 1948. The new country's immigration policy had some opposition within the new Israeli government, such as those who argued that there was "no justification for organizing large-scale emigration among Jews whose lives were not in danger, particularly when the desire and motivation were not their own"{{sfn|Hakohen|2003|p=46|ps=: "After independence, the government presented the Knesset with a plan to double the Jewish population within four years. This meant bringing in 600,000 immigrants in a four-year period. or 150,000 per year. Absorbing 150,000 newcomers annually under the trying conditions facing the new state was a heavy burden indeed. Opponents in the Jewish Agency and the government of mass immigration argued that there was no justification for organizing large-scale emigration among Jews whose lives were not in danger, particularly when the desire and motivation were not their own."}} as well as those who argued that the absorption process caused "undue hardship".{{sfn|Hakohen|2003|p=246–247|ps=: "Both the immigrants' dependence and the circumstances of their arrival shaped the attitude of the host society. The great wave of immigration in 1948 did not occur spontaneously: it was the result of a clear-cut foreign policy decision that taxed the country financially and necessitated a major organizational effort. Many absorption activists, Jewish Agency executives, and government officials opposed unlimited, nonselective immigration; they favored a gradual process geared to the country's absorptive capacity. Throughout this period, two charges resurfaced at every public debate: one, that the absorption process caused undue hardship; two, that Israel's immigration policy was misguided."}} However, the force of Ben-Gurion's influence and insistence ensured that his immigration policy was carried out.{{sfn|Hakohen|2003|p=47|ps=: "But as head of the government, entrusted with choosing the cabinet and steering its activities, Ben-Gurion had tremendous power over the country's social development. His prestige soared to new heights after the founding of the state and the impressive victory of the IDF in the War of Independence. As prime minister and minister of defense in Israel's first administration, as well as the uncontested leader of the country's largest political party, his opinions carried enormous weight. Thus, despite resistance from some of his cabinet members, he remained unflagging in his enthusiasm for unrestricted mass immigration and resolved to put this policy into effect."}}{{sfn|Hakohen|2003|p=247|ps=: "On several occasions, resolutions were passed to limit immigration from European and Arab countries alike. However, these limits were never put into practice, mainly due to the opposition of Ben-Gurion. As a driving force in the emergency of the state, Ben-Gurion—both prime minister and minister of defense—carried enormous weight with his veto. His insistence on the right of every Jew to immigrate proved victorious. He would not allow himself to be swayed by financial or other considerations. It was he who orchestrated the large-scale action that enabled the Jews to leave Eastern Europe and Islamic countries, and it was he who effectively forged Israel's foreign policy. Through a series of clandestine activities carried out overseas by the Foreign Office, the Jewish Agency, the Mossad le-Aliyah, and the Joint Distribution Committee, the road was paved for mass immigration."}}


{| class="wikitable" style="float:right; margin-left:16px;"|+ Members and delegates at the 1939 Zionist congress, by country/region (Zionism was banned in the Soviet Union). 70,000 Polish Jews supported the Revisionist Zionism movement, which was not represented.Source: A Survey of Palestine, prepared in 1946 for the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry, Volume II page 907 HMSO 1946.! Country/Region! Members! Delegates| Poland299,165109| USA263,741114| Palestine167,562134| Romania60,01328| United Kingdom23,51315| South Africa22,34314| Canada15,2208The multi-national, worldwide Zionist movement is structured on representative democratic principles. Congresses are held every four years (they were held every two years before the Second World War) and delegates to the congress are elected by the membership. Members are required to pay dues known as a shekel. At the congress, delegates elect a 30-man executive council, which in turn elects the movement's leader. The movement was democratic from its inception and women had the right to vote.BOOK, Living Without a Constitution: Civil Rights in Israel, Sharfman, Dafnah, 1993,weblink 9780765619419, Until 1917, the World Zionist Organization pursued a strategy of building a Jewish National Home through persistent small-scale immigration and the founding of such bodies as the Jewish National Fund (1901 â€“ a charity that bought land for Jewish settlement) and the Anglo-Palestine Bank (1903 â€“ provided loans for Jewish businesses and farmers). In 1942, at the Biltmore Conference, the movement included for the first time an express objective of the establishment of a Jewish state in the Land of Israel.American Jewish Year Book Vol. 45 (1943–1944) Pro-Palestine and Zionist Activities, pp 206-214The 28th Zionist Congress, meeting in Jerusalem in 1968, adopted the five points of the "Jerusalem Program" as the aims of Zionism today. They {{webarchive |url= |date=December 6, 2008 }}
  • Unity of the Jewish People and the centrality of Israel in Jewish life
  • Ingathering of the Jewish People in its historic homeland, Eretz Israel, through Aliyah from all countries
  • Strengthening of the State of Israel, based on the prophetic vision of justice and peace
  • Preservation of the identity of the Jewish People through fostering of Jewish and Hebrew education, and of Jewish spiritual and cultural values
  • Protection of Jewish rights everywhere
Since the creation of modern Israel, the role of the movement has declined. It is now a peripheral factor in Israeli politics, though different perceptions of Zionism continue to play roles in Israeli and Jewish political discussion.WEB,weblink Zionist Philosophies, Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs,

Labour Zionism

File:Amos Oz by Kubik.JPG|thumb|upright=0.75|Israeli author Amos Oz, who today is described as the 'aristocrat' of Labor ZionismTo Rule Jerusalem File:שמחה רותם וחניכות הנוער העובד והלומד.jpg|thumb|Israeli Jewish youth from the Socialist Zionist youth movement No'al, meeting with Jewish resistance fighter Simcha RotemSimcha RotemLabor Zionism originated in Eastern Europe. Socialist Zionists believed that centuries of oppression in antisemitic societies had reduced Jews to a meek, vulnerable, despairing existence that invited further antisemitism, a view originally stipulated by Theodor Herzl. They argued that a revolution of the Jewish soul and society was necessary and achievable in part by Jews moving to Israel and becoming farmers, workers, and soldiers in a country of their own. Most socialist Zionists rejected the observance of traditional religious Judaism as perpetuating a "Diaspora mentality" among the Jewish people, and established rural communes in Israel called "kibbutzim". The kibbutz began as a variation on a "national farm" scheme, a form of cooperative agriculture where the Jewish National Fund hired Jewish workers under trained supervision. The kibbutzim were a symbol of the Second Aliyah in that they put great emphasis on communalism and egalitarianism, representing to a certain extent Utopian socialism. Furthermore, they stressed self-sufficiency, which became an important aspect of Labor Zionism. Though socialist Zionism draws its inspiration and is philosophically founded on the fundamental values and spirituality of Judaism, its progressive expression of that Judaism has often fostered an antagonistic relationship with Orthodox Judaism.{{Citation needed|date=May 2015}}Labor Zionism became the dominant force in the political and economic life of the Yishuv during the British Mandate of Palestine and was the dominant ideology of the political establishment in Israel until the 1977 election when the Israeli Labor Party was defeated. The Israeli Labor Party continues the tradition, although the most popular party in the kibbutzim is Meretz.Gilbert, Israel: A History (London 1997), pp.594–607 Labour Zionism's main institution is the Histadrut (general organisation of labor unions), which began by providing strikebreakers against a Palestinian worker's strike in 1920 and until 1970s was the largest employer in Israel after the Israeli government.BOOK, Guy Mundlak, Fading Corporatism: Israel's Labor Law and Industrial Relations in Transition,weblink Cornell University Press, 44, 978-0-8014-4600-9, 2007,

Liberal Zionism

File:Mishmar HaEmek.JPG|thumb|Kibbutznikiyot (female Kibbutz members) in Mishmar HaEmek, during the 1948 Arab–Israeli War. The KibbutzKibbutzGeneral Zionism (or Liberal Zionism) was initially the dominant trend within the Zionist movement from the First Zionist Congress in 1897 until after the First World War. General Zionists identified with the liberal European middle class to which many Zionist leaders such as Herzl and Chaim Weizmann aspired. Liberal Zionism, although not associated with any single party in modern Israel, remains a strong trend in Israeli politics advocating free market principles, democracy and adherence to human rights. Kadima, the main centrist party during the 2000s that is now defunct, however, did identify with many of the fundamental policies of Liberal Zionist ideology, advocating among other things the need for Palestinian statehood in order to form a more democratic society in Israel, affirming the free market, and calling for equal rights for Arab citizens of Israel. In 2013, Ari Shavit suggested that the success of the then-new Yesh Atid party (representing secular, middle-class interests) embodied the success of "the new General Zionists."Ari Shavit, The dramatic headline of this election: Israel is not right wing Haaretz (January 24, 2013)Dror Zeigerman writes that the traditional positions of the General Zionists—"liberal positions based on social justice, on law and order, on pluralism in matters of State and Religion, and on moderation and flexibility in the domain of foreign policy and security"—are still favored by important circles and currents within certain active political parties.BOOK,weblink A Liberal Upheaval: From the General Zionists to the Liberal Party (pre-book dissertation), Dror Zeigerman, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty, 2013, dead,weblink" title="">weblink April 2, 2015, Philosopher Carlo Strenger describes a modern-day version of Liberal Zionism (supporting his vision of "Knowledge-Nation Israel"), rooted in the original ideology of Herzl and Ahad Ha'am, that stands in contrast to both the romantic nationalism of the right and the Netzah Yisrael of the ultra-Orthodox. It is marked by a concern for democratic values and human rights, freedom to criticize government policies without accusations of disloyalty, and rejection of excessive religious influence in public life. "Liberal Zionism celebrates the most authentic traits of the Jewish tradition: the willingness for incisive debate; the contrarian spirit of davka; the refusal to bow to authoritarianism."Carlo Strenger, Liberal Zionism Haaretz (May 26, 2010)Carlo Strenger, Knowledge-Nation Israel: A New Unifying Vision, Azure Winter 2010, No. 39, pp. 35-57 Liberal Zionists see that "Jewish history shows that Jews need and are entitled to a nation-state of their own. But they also think that this state must be a liberal democracy, which means that there must be strict equality before the law independent of religion, ethnicity or gender."Carlo Strenger, Israel today: a society without a center Haaretz (March 7, 2015)

Revisionist Zionism

File:Zeev Jabotinsky.jpg|right|thumb|upright=0.7|Ze'ev JabotinskyZe'ev JabotinskyRevisionist Zionists, led by Ze'ev Jabotinsky, developed what became known as Nationalist Zionism, whose guiding principles were outlined in the 1923 essay Iron Wall. In 1935 the Revisionists left the World Zionist Organization because it refused to state that the creation of a Jewish state was an objective of Zionism.Jabotinsky believed that, Zionism is a colonising adventure and it therefore stands or falls by the question of armed force. It is important to build, it is important to speak Hebrew, but, unfortunately, it is even more important to be able to shoot—or else I am through with playing at colonization.Lenni Brenner, The Iron Wall: Zionist Revisionism from Jabotinsky to Shamir, Zed Books 1984, pp.74–75.Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi, Original Sins: Reflections on the History of Zionism and Israel, Olive Branch Press, 1993 p.103.and thatAlthough the Jews originated in the East, they belonged to the West culturally, morally, and spiritually. Zionism was conceived by Jabotinsky not as the return of the Jews to their spiritual homeland but as an offshoot or implant of Western civilization in the East. This worldview translated into a geostrategic conception in which Zionism was to be permanently allied with European colonialism against all the Arabs in the eastern Mediterranean.NEWS, Avi Shlaim,weblink The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World since 1948, New York Times, 1999, April 6, 2018, The revisionists advocated the formation of a Jewish Army in Palestine to force the Arab population to accept mass Jewish migration.Supporters of Revisionist Zionism developed the Likud Party in Israel, which has dominated most governments since 1977. It advocates Israel's maintaining control of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and takes a hard-line approach in the Arab–Israeli conflict. In 2005, the Likud split over the issue of creation of a Palestinian state in the occupied territories. Party members advocating peace talks helped form the Kadima Party.NEWS, John Vause, Guy Raz, Shira Medding,weblink Sharon shakes up Israeli politics, November 22, 2005, CNN, August 31, 2017,

Religious Zionism

File:RoyLindmanAbuhav1.jpg|thumb|The 15th-century (Abuhav synagogue]], established by Sephardic Jews in Safed, Northern Israel.The Abuhav Synagogue, Jewish Virtual Library.)Religious Zionism is an ideology that combines Zionism and observant Judaism. Before the establishment of the State of Israel, Religious Zionists were mainly observant Jews who supported Zionist efforts to build a Jewish state in the Land of Israel.After the Six-Day War and the capture of the West Bank, a territory referred to in Jewish terms as Judea and Samaria, right-wing components of the Religious Zionist movement integrated nationalist revindication and evolved into Neo-Zionism. Their ideology revolves around three pillars: the Land of Israel, the People of Israel and the Torah of Israel.Adriana Kemp, Israelis in Conflict: Hegemonies, Identities and Challenges, Sussex Academic Press, 2004, pp.314–315.

Green Zionism

Green Zionism is a branch of Zionism primarily concerned with the environment of Israel. The only environmental Zionist party is the Green Zionist Alliance.{{citation needed|date=May 2015}}


During the last quarter of the 20th century, classic nationalism in Israel declined. This led to the rise of post-Zionism. Post-Zionism asserts that Israel should abandon the concept of a "state of the Jewish people" and strive to be a state of all its citizens,Can Israel Survive Post-Zionism? by Meyrav Wurmser. Middle East Quarterly, March 1999 or a binational state where Arabs and Jews live together while enjoying some type of autonomy.{{citation needed|date=May 2015}}

Non-Jewish support

Political support for the Jewish return to the Land of Israel predates the formal organization of Jewish Zionism as a political movement. In the 19th century, advocates of the restoration of the Jews to the Holy Land were called Restorationists. The return of the Jews to the Holy Land was widely supported by such eminent figures as Queen Victoria, Napoleon Bonaparte,NEWS,weblink Herzl Hinted at Napoleon's Zionist Past', Amiram, Barkat, April 26, 2004, March 12, 2018, Haaretz, King Edward VII, President John Adams of the United States, General Smuts of South Africa, President Masaryk of Czechoslovakia, philosopher and historian Benedetto Croce from Italy, Henry Dunant (founder of the Red Cross and author of the Geneva Conventions), and scientist and humanitarian Fridtjof Nansen from Norway.{{citation needed|date=May 2015}}The French government, through Minister M. Cambon, formally committed itself to "... the renaissance of the Jewish nationality in that Land from which the people of Israel were exiled so many centuries ago."{{citation needed|date=May 2015}}In China, top figures of the Nationalist government, including Sun Yat-sen, expressed their sympathy with the aspirations of the Jewish people for a National Home.{{citation |last=Goldstein |first=Jonathan |year=1999 |contribution=The Republic of China and Israel |editor-last=Goldstein |editor-first=Jonathan |title=China and Israel, 1948–1998: A Fifty Year Retrospective |pages=1–39 |place=Westport, Conn. and London |publisher=Praeger}}

Christian Zionism

{{See also|Christian Zionism in the United Kingdom}}
File:Martin_Luther_King_Jr_NYWTS.jpg|thumb|Martin Luther King Jr.Martin Luther King Jr.Some Christians have actively supported the return of Jews to Palestine even prior to the rise of Zionism, as well as subsequently. Anita Shapira, a history professor emerita at Tel Aviv University, suggests that evangelical Christian restorationists of the 1840s 'passed this notion on to Jewish circles'.BOOK, Shapira, Anita, Israel a history, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 15, 2014, 9780297871583, Evangelical Christian anticipation of and political lobbying within the UK for Restorationism was widespread in the 1820s and common beforehand.BOOK, Lewis, Donald, The Origins of Christian Zionism: Lord Shaftesbury And Evangelical Support For A Jewish Homeland, Cambridge University Press, January 2, 2014, Cambridge, 380, 9781107631960, It was common among the Puritans to anticipate and frequently to pray for a Jewish return to their homeland.BOOK, Murray, Iain, the Puritan Hope, Banner of Truth, October 2014, Edinburgh, 326, 9781848714786, WEB,weblink The Puritan Hope and Jewish Evangelism, Herald Magazine, Christian Witness to Israel, 2015, June 29, 2016,weblink" title="">weblink June 29, 2016, WEB,weblink John MacArthur, Israel, Calvinism, and Postmillennialism, American Vision, July 3, 2007, June 29, 2016,weblink" title="">weblink June 29, 2016, One of the principal Protestant teachers who promoted the biblical doctrine that the Jews would return to their national homeland was John Nelson Darby. His doctrine of dispensationalism is credited with promoting Zionism, following his 11 lectures on the hopes of the church, the Jew and the gentile given in Geneva in 1840.BOOK, Sizer, Stephen
, Christian Zionism: Road-map to Armageddon?, IVP, Dec 2005, Nottingham, 298, 9780830853687, However, others like C H Spurgeon,Sermon preached in June 1864 to the British Society for the Propagation of the Gospel among the Jews both Horatius'The Jew', July 1870, The Quarterly Journal of Prophecy and Andrew Bonar, Robert Murray M'Chyene,Sermon preached
November 17, 1839, after returning from a “Mission of Inquiry into the State of theJewish People” and J C RyleSermon preached June 1864 to London Society for promoting Christianity among the Jews were among a number of prominent proponents of both the importance and significance of a Jewish return, who were not dispensationalist. Pro-Zionist views were embraced by many evangelicals and also affected international foreign policy.The Russian Orthodox ideologue Hippolytus Lutostansky, also known as the author of multiple antisemitic tracts, insisted in 1911 that Russian Jews should be "helped" to move to Palestine "as their rightful place is in their former kingdom of Palestine".NEWS, Herman Bernstein,weblink Ritual murder libel encouraged by Russian court, August 27, 1911, New York Times, August 27, 1911, Russia would make any sacrifice to help the Jews settle in Palestine and form an autonomous state of their own, Notable early supporters of Zionism include British Prime Ministers David Lloyd George and Arthur Balfour, American President Woodrow Wilson and British Major-General Orde Wingate, whose activities in support of Zionism led the British Army to ban him from ever serving in Palestine. According to Charles Merkley of Carleton University, Christian Zionism strengthened significantly after the Six-Day War of 1967, and many dispensationalist and non-dispensationalist evangelical Christians, especially Christians in the United States, now strongly support Zionism.{{citation needed|date=May 2015}}Martin Luther King Jr. was a strong supporter of Israel and Zionism,Sundquist, Eric J. (2005). Strangers in the land: Blacks, Jews, post-Holocaust America. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, p. 110. although the Letter to an Anti-Zionist Friend is a work falsely attributed to him.In the last years of his life, the founder of the Latter Day Saint movement, Joseph Smith, declared, "the time for Jews to return to the land of Israel is now." In 1842, Smith sent Orson Hyde, an Apostle of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, to Jerusalem to dedicate the land for the return of the Jews.WEB,weblink Orson Hyde and Israel's Restoration,, June 3, 2010, dead,weblink" title="">weblink July 7, 2010, Some Arab Christians publicly supporting Israel include US author Nonie Darwish, and former Muslim Magdi Allam, author of Viva Israele,BOOK, 978-88-04-56777-6, Viva Israele: Dall'ideologia della morte alla civiltà della vita : La mia storia, Allam, Magdi, 2007, both born in Egypt. Brigitte Gabriel, a Lebanese-born Christian US journalist and founder of the American Congress for Truth, urges Americans to "fearlessly speak out in defense of America, Israel and Western civilization".WEB, anonymous, Mission/Vision, American Congress for Truth,weblink April 17, 2008,weblink" title="">weblink March 24, 2008,

Muslim Zionism

File:PikiWiki Israel 1337 Druze scouts at jethro holy place צופים דרוזים בקבר יתרו.jpg|thumb|upright=1.15|Israeli Druze Scouts march to Jethro's tomb. Today, thousands of Israeli Druze belong to 'Druze Zionist' movements.NEWS,weblink he:הרצל והתקווה בחגיגות 30 לתנועה הדרוזית הציונית, he, Herzl and hope in celebrating 30 (years of the) Druze Zionist movement, Eli Ashkenazi, HaaretzHaaretz Muslims who have publicly defended Zionism include Dr. Tawfik Hamid, Islamic thinker and reformerWEB,weblink Dr. Tawfik Hamid's Official Website- Part of the Potomac Institute of Policy Studies,, June 3, 2010, and former member of al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya, an Islamist militiant group that is designated as a terrorist organization by the United States and European Union,WEB,weblink The Council of the European Union, Council Decision of 21 December 2005 on specific restrictive measures directed against certain persons and entities with a view to combating terrorism,weblink" title="">weblink dead, September 24, 2009, Sheikh Prof. Abdul Hadi Palazzi, Director of the Cultural Institute of the Italian Islamic Community,WEB,weblink{4E73EA93-5E8C-492D-9EC7-716F1342DDC6}, FPM Article,, June 3, 2010, dead,weblink" title="">weblink October 25, 2008, and Tashbih Sayyed, a Pakistani-American scholar, journalist, and author.WEB, Neuwirth, Rachel,weblink Tashbih Sayyed ― A Fearless Muslim Zionist, Islam Watch, June 24, 2007, June 3, 2010, On occasion, some non-Arab Muslims such as some Kurds and Berbers have also voiced support for Zionism."Islam, Islam, Laïcité, and Amazigh Activism in France and North Africa" (2004 paper), Paul A. Silverstein, Department of Anthropology, Reed CollegeWEB,weblink Why not a Kurdish-Israeli Alliance? (Iran Press Service),, March 12, 2018, WEB, anonymous, Berbers, Where Do You Stand on Palestine?, MEMRI, February 26, 2009,weblink March 5, 2009, While most Israeli Druze identify as ethnically Arab,WEB,weblink 5 facts about Israeli Christians, May 10, 2016,, March 12, 2018, today, tens of thousands of Israeli Druze belong to "Druze Zionist" movements.During the Palestine Mandate era, As'ad Shukeiri, a Muslim scholar ('alim) of the Acre area, and the father of PLO founder Ahmad Shukeiri, rejected the values of the Palestinian Arab national movement and was opposed to the anti-Zionist movement.Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East, Volume 4, Reeva S. Simon, Philip Mattar, Richard W. Bulliet. Macmillan Reference USA, 1996. p. 1661 He met routinely with Zionist officials and had a part in every pro-Zionist Arab organization from the beginning of the British Mandate, publicly rejecting Mohammad Amin al-Husayni's use of Islam to attack Zionism.Army of Shadows: Palestinian Collaboration with Zionism, 1917–1948. By Hillel Cohen. University of California Press, 2009. p. 84Some Indian Muslims have also expressed opposition to Islamic anti-Zionism. In August 2007, a delegation of the All India Organization of Imams and mosques led by its president Maulana Jamil Ilyas visited Israel. The meeting led to a joint statement expressing "peace and goodwill from Indian Muslims", developing dialogue between Indian Muslims and Israeli Jews, and rejecting the perception that the Israeli–Palestinian conflict is of a religious nature.American Jewish group takes Indian Muslims to Israel | Indian Muslims {{webarchive|url= |date=April 30, 2009 }} The visit was organized by the American Jewish Committee. The purpose of the visit was to promote meaningful debate about the status of Israel in the eyes of Muslims worldwide, and to strengthen the relationship between India and Israel. It is suggested that the visit could "open Muslim minds across the world to understand the democratic nature of the state of Israel, especially in the Middle East".WEB,weblink Dialogue of Democracy: Indian Muslims Visit Israel - YaleGlobal Online,, March 12, 2018,

Hindu support for Zionism

After Israel's creation in 1948, the Indian National Congress government opposed Zionism. Some writers have claimed that this was done in order to get more Muslim votes in India (where Muslims numbered over 30 million at the time).WEB,weblink India â€” Israel Relations: The Imperatives for Enhanced Strategic Cooperation â€” Subhash Kapila,weblink" title="">weblink February 11, 2010, South Asia Analysis Group,, March 12, 2018, However, conservative Hindu nationalists, led by the Sangh Parivar, openly supported Zionism, as did Hindu Nationalist intellectuals like Vinayak Damodar Savarkar and Sita Ram Goel.WEB,weblink Hindu Pro-Zionism and Philo-Semitism, Scribd, December 30, 2008, June 3, 2010, Zionism, seen as a national liberation movement for the repatriation of the Jewish people to their homeland then under British colonial rule, appealed to many Hindu Nationalists, who viewed their struggle for independence from British rule and the Partition of India as national liberation for long-oppressed Hindus.An international opinion survey has shown that India is the most pro-Israel country in the world.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink dead, From India with love - Israel News, Ynetnews, September 19, 2012, September 19, 2012,, March 12, 2018, In more current times, conservative Indian parties and organizations tend to support Zionism.WEB,weblink RSS slams Left for opposing Sharon's visit: India News,, September 10, 2003, June 3, 2010, This has invited attacks on the Hindutva movement by parts of the Indian left opposed to Zionism, and allegations that Hindus are conspiring with the "Jewish Lobby."WEB,weblink G h a d a r . 2 0 0 4,, June 3, 2010,


{{See also|Non-Zionism|New Antisemitism|Criticism of the Israeli government|Zionist Occupation Government conspiracy theory}}Zionism is opposed by a wide variety of organizations and individuals. Among those opposing Zionism are some secular Jews,*WEB, The First National Jewish Anti-Zionist Gathering,weblink September 17, 2010,weblink" title="">weblink April 11, 2010, dead, mdy-all,
  • WEB, Not In Our Name ... Jewish voices opposing Zionism,weblink September 17, 2010,weblink" title="">weblink July 13, 2012, dead,
  • WEB, Jews Against Zionism,weblink September 17, 2010,weblink" title="">weblink November 21, 2008, dead, mdy-all,
  • WEB, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network,weblink September 17, 2010, dead,weblink November 20, 2009,
  • WEB, Charter of the International Jewish anti-Zionist Network,weblink International Jewish anti-Zionist Network, October 29, 2010, {{dead link|date=June 2017 |bot=InternetArchiveBot |fix-attempted=yes }} some branches of Judaism (Satmar Hasidim and Neturei Karta), the former Soviet Union,{{ru icon}} Сионизм{{dead link|date=March 2018 |bot=InternetArchiveBot |fix-attempted=yes }}, Большая советская энциклопедия (Zionism. Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition. 1969–1978) many in the Muslim world, and Palestinians. Reasons for opposing Zionism are varied, and they include: the perception that land confiscations are unfair; expulsions of Palestinians; violence against Palestinians; and alleged racism. Arab states in particular strongly oppose Zionism, which they believe is responsible for the 1948 Palestinian exodus. The preamble of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights, which has been ratified by 53 African countries {{As of|2014|lc=y}}, includes an undertaking to eliminate Zionism together with other practices including colonialism, neo-colonialism, apartheid, "aggressive foreign military bases" and all forms of discrimination.WEB,weblink African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights / Legal Instruments / ACHPR,, March 12, 2018, Ratification Table: African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights, African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, 2014
Zionism was also opposed for other reasons by some Jews even before the establishment of the state of Israel because "Zionism constitutes a danger, both spiritual and physical, to the existence of our people"."Holocaust Victims Accuse" by Reb. Moshe Shonfeld; Bnei Yeshivos NY, NY; (1977){{Page needed|date=May 2015}}In 1945 US President Franklin D Roosevelt met with king Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia. Ibn Saud pointed out that it was Germany who had committed crimes against the Jews and so Germany should be punished. Palestinian Arabs had done no harm to European Jews and did not deserve to be punished by losing their land. Roosevelt on return to the US concluded that Israel "could only be established and maintained by force."BOOK, Monty Noam Penkower, The Holocaust and Israel Reborn: From Catastrophe to Sovereignty,weblink 1994, University of Illinois Press, 225, 9780252063787,

Catholic Church and Zionism

The initial response of the Catholic Church seemed to be one of strong opposition to Zionism. Shortly after the 1897 Basel Conference, the semi-official Vatican periodical (edited by the Jesuits) Civiltà Cattolica gave its biblical-theological judgement on political Zionism: "1827 years have passed since the prediction of Jesus of Nazareth was fulfilled ... that [after the destruction of Jerusalem] the Jews would be led away to be slaves among all the nations and that they would remain in the dispersion [diaspora, galut] until the end of the world." The Jews should not be permitted to return to Palestine with sovereignty: "According to the Sacred Scriptures, the Jewish people must always live dispersed and vagabondo [vagrant, wandering] among the other nations, so that they may render witness to Christ not only by the Scriptures ... but by their very existence".Nonetheless, Theodore Herzl travelled to Rome in late January 1904, after the sixth Zionist Congress (August 1903) and six months before his death, looking for some kind of support. On January 22, Herzl first met the Papal Secretary of State, Cardinal Rafael Merry del Val. According to Herzl's private diary notes, the Cardinal's interpretation of the history of Israel was the same as that of the Catholic Church, but he also asked for the conversion of the Jews to Catholicism. Three days later, Herzl met Pope Pius X, who replied to his request of support for a Jewish return to Israel in the same terms, saying that "we are unable to favor this movement. We cannot prevent the Jews from going to Jerusalem, but we could never sanction it ... The Jews have not recognized our Lord, therefore we cannot recognize the Jewish people." In 1922, the same periodical published a piece by its Viennese correspondent, "anti-Semitism is nothing but the absolutely necessary and natural reaction to the Jews' arrogance... Catholic anti-Semitism - while never going beyond the moral law - adopts all necessary means to emancipate the Christian people from the abuse they suffer from their sworn enemy".BOOK, Kertzer, David, Civiltà cattolica, 1922, IV, pp.369-71, cited in Unholy War, Pan Books, London, 273, 2001, 9780330390491, This initial attitude changed over the next 50 years, until 1997, when at the Vatican symposium of that year, Pope John Paul II rejected the Christian roots of antisemitism, stating that "... the wrong and unjust interpretations of the New Testament relating to the Jewish people and their supposed guilt [in Christ's death] circulated for too long, engendering sentiments of hostility toward this people."Rev. Thomas F. Stransky, Paulist. "A Catholic Views â€” Zionism and the State of Israel" {{Webarchive|url= |date=May 21, 2016 }}. The Holy land.

Characterization as colonialism or ethnic cleansing

Zionism has been characterized as colonialism, and Zionism has been criticized for promoting unfair confiscation of land, involving the expulsion of, and causing violence towards, the Palestinians. The characterization of Zionism as colonialism has been described by, among others, Nur Masalha, Gershon Shafir, Michael Prior, Ilan Pappe, and Baruch Kimmerling.
  • Shafir, Gershon, Being Israeli: The Dynamics of Multiple Citizenship, Cambridge University Press, 2002, pp 37–38
  • Bareli, Avi, "Forgetting Europe: Perspectives on the Debate about Zionism and Colonialism", in Israeli Historical Revisionism: From Left to Right, Psychology Press, 2003, pp 99–116
  • Pappé Ilan, A History of Modern Palestine: One Land, Two Peoples, Cambridge University Press, 2006, pp 72–121
  • Prior, Michael, The Bible and colonialism: a moral critique, Continuum International Publishing Group, 1997, pp 106–215
  • Shafir, Gershon, "Zionism and Colonialism", in The Israel / Palestinian Question, by Ilan Pappe, Psychology Press, 1999, pp 72–85
  • Lustick, Ian, For the Land and the Lord …
  • Zuriek, Elia, The Palestinians in Israel: A Study in Internal Colonialism, Routledge & K. Paul, 1979
  • Penslar, Derek J., "Zionism, Colonialism and Postcolonialism", in Israeli Historical Revisionism: From Left to Right, Psychology Press, 2003, pp 85–98
  • Pappe, Ilan, The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, Oneworld, 2007
  • {{citation|title=The Bible and Zionism: invented traditions, archaeology and post-colonialism in Palestine-Israel|volume=1|last=Masalha|first=Nur|year=2007|publisher=Zed Books|page=16}}
  • {{citation|title=The Dark Side of Zionism: Israel's Quest for Security Through Dominance|last=Thomas|first=Baylis|publisher=Lexington Books|year=2011|page=4}}
  • {{citation|title=Zionism and the State of Israel: A Moral Inquiry|last=Prior|first=Michael|publisher=Psychology Press|year=1999|page=240}}
Others, such as Shlomo Avineri and Mitchell Bard, view Zionism not as colonialist movement, but as a national movement that is contending with the Palestinian one.
  • Post-Zionism doesn't exist. Shlomo Avineri.
  • Zionism Is Not Colonialism. By Mitchell Bard. South African rabbi David Hoffman rejected the claim that Zionism is a 'settler-colonial undertaking' and instead characterized Zionism as a national program of affirmative action, adding that there is unbroken Jewish presence in Israel back to antiquity.Hoffman, David. "Zionism is not a 'settler-colonial undertaking'." The Mail & Guardian, South Africa. June 28, 2005
Noam Chomsky, John P. Quigly, Nur Masalha, and Cheryl Rubenberg have criticized Zionism, saying that it unfairly confiscates land and expels Palestinians.*BOOK, The Holy Land in Transit: Colonialism and the Quest for Canaan, Steven George, Salaita, Syracuse University Press, 2006, 978-0-8156-3109-5, 54,
  • BOOK, The Gun and the Olive Branch: The Roots of Violence in the Middle East, David, Hirst, Nation Booksyear=2003
  • BOOK, World Orders, Old and New, Noam, Chomsky, Noam Chomsky, Columbia University Press
isbn=978-0-231-10157-8, 264,
  • WEB,weblink FrontPage magazine interview with Christopher Hitchens, December 11, 2003, July 30, 2013,weblink" title="">weblink May 2, 2014, dead, mdy-all,
  • BOOK, Imperial Israel and the Palestinians: The Politics of Expansion, Nur, Masalha, Nur Masalha, Pluto Press, 2000, 978-0-7453-1615-4, 93,
  • WEB,weblink Essay by James M. Martin from "Atheist Nexus",
  • BOOK, Palestine and Israel: A Challenge to Justice, John B., Quigley, Duke University Press, 1990, 978-0-8223-1023-5, 176–177,weblink
  • BOOK, Fateful Triangle: the United States, Israel, and the Palestinians (2nd Ed, revised), Noam, Chomsky
  • Saleh Abdel Jawad (2007) "Zionist Massacres: the Creation of the Palestinian Refugee Problem in the 1948 War" in Israel and the Palestinian Refugees, Eyal Benvenistî, Chaim Gans, Sari Hanafi (Eds.), Springer, p. 78.
  • BOOK, Land or Peace: Whither Israel?, Yael, Yishai, Hoover Press, 1987, 978-0-8179-8521-9, 112–125,
  • BOOK, The Palestinians: In Search of a Just Peace, Cheryl, Rubenberg, Lynne Rienner Publishers
  • BOOK, Islam and the West Post 9/11, Ron, Geaves, Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2004, 978-0-7546-5005-8, 31,
  • BOOK, The Palestine Yearbook of International Law, 1998–1999, Volume 10, Anis F., Kassim, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2000, 978-90-411-1304-7, 9,
  • Raphael Israeli, Palestinians Between Israel and Jordan, Prager, 1991, pages 158–159, 171, 182.
Isaac Deutscher has called Israelis the 'Prussians of the Middle East', who have achieved a 'totsieg', a 'victorious rush into the grave' as a result of dispossessing 1.5 million Palestinians. Israel had become the 'last remaining colonial power' of the twentieth century.Tariq Ali, The Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihad and Modernity, Verso, 2003, p 124Edward Said and Michael Prior claim that the notion of expelling the Palestinians was an early component of Zionism, citing Herzl's diary from 1895 which states "we shall endeavour to expel the poor population across the border unnoticed—the process of expropriation and the removal of the poor must be carried out discreetly and circumspectly."
  • Said, Edward, The Edward Said Reader, Random House, Inc., 2000, pp 128–129
  • Prior, Michael P. Zionism and the State of Israel: A Moral Inquiry, Psychology Press, 1999, pp 191–192
  • Penslar, Derek, Israel in History: The Jewish State in Comparative Perspective, Taylor & Francis, 2007, p 56.

This quotation has been critiqued by Efraim Karsh for misrepresenting Herzl's purpose.JOURNAL,weblink Benny Morris's Reign of Error, Revisited The Post-Zionist Critique, Middle East Forum, Spring 2005, August 13, 2014, Karsh, Efraim, He describes it as "a feature of Palestinian propaganda", writing that Herzl was referring to the voluntary resettlement of squatters living on land purchased by Jews, and that the full diary entry stated, "It goes without saying that we shall respectfully tolerate persons of other faiths and protect their property, their honor, and their freedom with the harshest means of coercion. This is another area in which we shall set the entire world a wonderful example … Should there be many such immovable owners in individual areas [who would not sell their property to us], we shall simply leave them there and develop our commerce in the direction of other areas which belong to us."BOOK, Patai, Raphael (editor), The Complete Diaries of Theodor Herzl, translation, June 1895 entry, Herzl Press and Thomas Yoseloff, 1960, 88, BOOK, Alexander, Edward, Bogdanor, Paul, The Jewish Divide Over Israel, Transaction, 2006, 251–2, Derek Penslar says that Herzl may have been considering either South America or Palestine when he wrote the diary entry about expropriation.*Penslar, Derek, Israel in History: The Jewish State in Comparative Perspective, Taylor & Francis, 2007, p 56. According to Walter Lacquer, although many Zionists proposed transfer, it was never official Zionist policy and in 1918 Ben-Gurion "emphatically rejected" it.BOOK, Laquer, Walter, A History of Zionism, Random House, 1972, 231–232,
Ilan Pappe argued that Zionism results in ethnic cleansing.Pappe, Ilan, The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, Oneworld, 2007 This view diverges from other New Historians, such as Benny Morris, who accept the Palestinian exodus narrative but place it in the context of war, not ethnic cleansing.Rane, Halim. Islam and Contemporary Civilisation. Academic Monographs, 2010. {{ISBN|978-0-522-85728-3}}. p. 198 When Benny Morris was asked about the Expulsion of Palestinians from Lydda and Ramle, he responded "There are circumstances in history that justify ethnic cleansing. I know that this term is completely negative in the discourse of the 21st century, but when the choice is between ethnic cleansing and genocide—the annihilation of your people—I prefer ethnic cleansing."WEB, Shavit, Ari, Survival of the Fittest (an interview with Historian Benny Morris),weblink Haaretz, Magazine Section, January 9, 2004, February 2, 2015, Saleh Abdel Jawad, Nur Masalha, Michael Prior, Ian Lustick, and John Rose have criticized Zionism for having been responsible for violence against Palestinians, such as the Deir Yassin massacre, Sabra and Shatila massacre, and Cave of the Patriarchs massacre.
  • Khallidi, Walid, "Plan Dalet: The Zionist Master Plan for the Conquest of Palestine", in Middle East Forum, no. 22, Nov 1961, p 27.
  • Weisburd, David, Jewish Settler Violence, Penn State Press, 1985, pp 20–52
  • Lustick, Ian, "Israel's Dangerous Fundamentalists", Foreign Policy, 68 (Fall 1987), pp 118–139
  • Tessler, Mark, "Religion and Politics in the Jewish State of Israel", in Religious Resurgence and Politics in the Contemporary World, (Emile Sahliyeh, Ed)., SUNY Press, 1990, pp 263–296.
  • BOOK, Reckless rites: Purim and the legacy of Jewish violence, Elliott S., Horowitz, Princeton University Press, 2006, 978-0-691-12491-9, 6–11,
  • BOOK, An Understanding of Judaism, John D., Rayner, 978-1-57181-971-0, 1997, 57,
  • Saleh Abdel Jawad (2007) "Zionist Massacres: the Creation of the Palestinian Refugee Problem in the 1948 War" in Israel and the Palestinian refugees, Eyal Benvenistî, Chaim Gans, Sari Hanafi (Eds.), Springer, p. 78:

".. the Zionist movement, which claims to be secular, found it necessary to embrace the idea of 'the promised land' of Old Testament prophecy, to justify the confiscation of land and the expulsion of the Palestinians. For example, the speeches and letter of Chaim Weizman, the secular Zionist leader, are filled with references to the biblical origins of the Jewish claim to Palestine, which he often mixes liberally with more pragmatic and nationalistic claims. By the use of this premise, embraced in 1937, Zionists alleged that the Palestinians were usurpers in the Promised Land, and therefore their expulsion and death was justified. The Jewish-American writer Dan Kurzman, in his book Genesis 1948 … describes the view of one of the Deir Yassin's killers: 'The Sternists followed the instructions of the Bible more rigidly than others. They honored the passage (Exodus 22:2): 'If a thief be found …' This meant, of course, that killing a thief was not really murder. And were not the enemies of Zionism thieves, who wanted to steal from the Jews what God had granted them?'"
  • Ehrlich, Carl. S., (1999) "Joshua, Judaism, and Genocide", in Jewish Studies at the Turn of the Twentieth Century, Judit Targarona Borrás, Ángel Sáenz-Badillos (Eds). 1999, Brill. p 117–124.
  • Hirst, David, The Gun and the Olive Branch: The Roots of Violence in the Middle East. 1984, p 139.
  • Lorch, Netanel, The Edge of the Sword: Israel's War of Independence, 1947–1949, Putnam, 1961, p 87
  • Pappe, Ilan, The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, Oneworld, 2007, p 88
In 1938, Mahatma Gandhi rejected Zionism, saying that the establishment of a Jewish national home in Palestine is a religious act and therefore must not be performed by force, comparing it to the Partition of India into Hindu and Muslim countries. He wrote, "Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English or France to the French. It is wrong and inhuman to impose the Jews on the Arabs ... Surely it would be a crime against humanity to reduce the proud Arabs so that Palestine can be restored to the Jews partly or wholly as their national home ... They can settle in Palestine only by the goodwill of the Arabs. They should seek to convert the Arab heart."William R. Slomanson. 'Fundamental Perspectives on International Law''. p. 50 Gandhi later told American journalist Louis Fischer in 1946 that "Jews have a good case in Palestine. If the Arabs have a claim to Palestine, the Jews have a prior claim".JOURNAL,weblink India's Israel Policy (review), Michael B., Bishku, February 12, 2011, The Middle East Journal, 65, 1, 169–170, March 12, 2018, Project MUSE,

Characterization as racist

{{See also|Racism in Israel#Zionism|Israel, Palestinians, and the United Nations|Israel and the apartheid analogy}}David Ben-Gurion stated that "There will be no discrimination among citizens of the Jewish state on the basis of race, religion, sex, or class."BOOK, Karsh, Efraim, Fabricating Israeli History, Frank Cass, 1997, 55, Likewise, Vladimir Jabotinsky avowed "the minority will not be rendered defenseless... [the] aim of democracy is to guarantee that the minority too has influence on matters of state policy."BOOK, Sarig, Mordechai, The Social and Political Philosophy of Ze'ev Jabotinsky, Valletine Mitchell, 1999, 50, However, critics of Zionism consider it a colonialist or racist
  • Zionism, imperialism, and race, Abdul Wahhab Kayyali, Ê»Abd al-Wahhāb KayyālÄ« (Eds), Croom Helm, 1979
  • Gerson, Allan, "The United Nations and Racism: the Case of Zionism and Racism", in ''Israel Yearbook on Human Rights 1987, Volume 17; Volume 1987, Yoram Dinstein, Mala Tabory (Eds), Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 1988, p 68
  • Hadawi, Sami, Bitter harvest: a modern history of Palestine, Interlink Books, 1991, p 183
  • Beker, Avi, Chosen: the history of an idea, the anatomy of an obsession, Macmillan, 2008, p 131, 139, 151
  • Dinstein, Yoram, Israel Yearbook on Human Rights 1987, Volume 17; Volume 1987, p 31, 136ge
  • Harkabi, Yehoshafat, Arab attitudes to Israel, pp 247–8 movement. According to historian Avi Shlaim, throughout its history up to present day, Zionism "is replete with manifestations of deep hostility and contempt towards the indigenous population." Shlaim balances this by pointing out that there have always been individuals within the Zionist movement that have criticized such attitudes. He cites the example of Ahad Ha'am, who after visiting Palestine in 1891, published a series of articles criticizing the aggressive behaviour and political ethnocentrism of Zionist settlers. Ha'am wrote that the Zionists "behave towards the Arabs with hostility and cruelty, trespass unjustly upon their boundaries, beat them shamefully without reason and even brag about it, and nobody stands to check this contemptible and dangerous tendency" and that they believed that "the only language that the Arabs understand is that of force."JOURNAL, shlaim, Avi, It can be done, London Review of Books, June 9, 1994, 16, 11, 26–27,weblink October 16, 2012, Some criticisms of Zionism claim that Judaism's notion of the "chosen people" is the source of racism in Zionism,
  • Korey, William, Russian antisemitism, Pamyat, and the demonology of Zionism, Psychology Press, 1995, pp 33–34
  • Beker, Avi, Chosen: the history of an idea, the anatomy of an obsession, Macmillan, 2008, pp 139
  • Shimoni, Gideon, Community and conscience: the Jews in apartheid South Africa, UPNE, 2003, p 167

despite, according to Gustavo Perednik, that being a religious concept unrelated to Zionism.WEB, Perednik, Gustavo, Judeophobia, The Coordination Forum for Countering Antisemitism,weblink December 14, 2018,weblink" title="">weblink July 28, 2017, dead, mdy-all,

".. This identity is often explicitly worded by its spokespersons. Thus, Yakov Malik, the Soviet ambassador to the UN, declared in 1973: “The Zionists have come forward with the theory of the Chosen People, an absurd ideology.” (As it is well known, the biblical concept of “Chosen People” is part of Judaism; Zionism has nothing to do with it). "
In December 1973, the UN passed a series of resolutions condemning South Africa and included a reference to an "unholy alliance between Portuguese colonialism, Apartheid and Zionism."Resolution 3151 G (XXVIII) of December 14, 1973 by the UN General Assembly At the time there was little cooperation between Israel and South Africa,Israel and Black Africa: A Rapprochement? Ethan A. Nadelmann. Journal of Modern African Studies, Vol. 19, No. 2 (Jun. 1981), pp. 183–219 although the two countries would develop a close relationship during the 1970s.WEB,weblink Brothers in arms - Israel's secret pact with Pretoria, Chris, McGreal, February 7, 2006, the Guardian, March 12, 2018, Parallels have also been drawn between aspects of South Africa's apartheid regime and certain Israeli policies toward the Palestinians, which are seen as manifestations of racism in Zionist thinking.NEWS,weblink UN envoy hits Israel 'apartheid', February 23, 2007, March 12, 2018,, WEB,weblink Daphna Baram: It's time to rethink Zionism, Daphna, Baram, February 17, 2009, the Guardian, March 12, 2018, Zionism as a Racist Ideology, by Kathleen and Bill Christinson (Counterpunch, November 8 / 9, 2003) {{webarchive |url= |date=June 16, 2010 }}In 1975 the UN General Assembly passed Resolution 3379, which said "Zionism is a form of racism and racial discrimination". According to the resolution, "any doctrine of racial differentiation of superiority is scientifically false, morally condemnable, socially unjust, and dangerous." The resolution named the occupied territory of Palestine, Zimbabwe, and South Africa as examples of racist regimes. Resolution 3379 was pioneered by the Soviet Union and passed with numerical support from Arab and African states amidst accusations that Israel was supportive of the apartheid regime in South Africa.UN General Assembly Resolution 3379, Racial Discrimination (Council on Foreign Relations, November 10, 1975) {{webarchive|url= |date=January 30, 2012 }} The resolution was robustly criticised by the US representative, Daniel Patrick Moynihan as an 'obscenity' and a 'harm ... done to the United Nations'.BOOK, Troy, Gil, Moynihan's Moment: America's Fight Against Zionism as Racism, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 368, 2012,weblink 9780196360331, 'In 1991 the resolution was repealed with UN General Assembly Resolution 46/86,260 General Assembly Resolution 46-86- Revocation of Resolution 3379- December 16, 1991 â€” and statement by President Herzog Dec 16, 1991, VOLUME 11–12: 1988–1992 {{webarchive|url= |date=June 3, 2011 }} after Israel declared that it would only participate in the Madrid Conference of 1991 if the resolution were revoked.Frum, David (2000). How We Got Here: The '70s. New York, New York: Basic Books. p. 320. {{ISBN|0-465-04195-7}}.Arab countries sought to associate Zionism with racism in connection with a 2001 UN conference on racism, which took place in Durban, South Africa,NEWS,weblink Anger over Zionism debate, September 4, 2001, March 12, 2018,, which caused the United States and Israel to walk away from the conference as a response. The final text of the conference did not connect Zionism with racism. A human rights forum arranged in connection with the conference, on the other hand, did equate Zionism with racism and censured Israel for what it called "racist crimes, including acts of genocide and ethnic cleansing".NEWS,weblink US abandons racism summit, September 3, 2001, March 12, 2018,, Supporters of Zionism, such as Chaim Herzog, argue that the movement is non-discriminatory and contains no racist aspects.Israeli Ambassador Chaim Herzog's Response To Zionism Is Racism Resolution. November 10, 1975. "You dare talk of racism when I can point with pride to the Arab ministers who have served in my government; to the Arab deputy speaker of my Parliament; to Arab officers and men serving of their own volition in our border and police defense forces, frequently commanding Jewish troops; to the hundreds of thousands of Arabs from all over the Middle East crowding the cities of Israel every year; to the thousands of Arabs from all over the Middle East coming for medical treatment to Israel; to the peaceful coexistence which has developed; to the fact that Arabic is an official language in Israel on a par with Hebrew; to the fact that it is as natural for an Arab to serve in public office in Israel as it is incongruous to think of a Jew serving in any public office in an Arab country, indeed being admitted to many of them. Is that racism? It is not! That, Mr. President, is Zionism."

Haredi Judaism and Zionism

{{See also|Haredim and Zionism}}{{More citations needed section|date=August 2014}}Many Haredi Orthodox organizations oppose Zionism; they view Zionism as a secular movement. They reject nationalism as a doctrine and consider Judaism to be first and foremost a religion that is not dependent on a state. However, some Haredi movements (such as Shas since 2010) do openly affiliate with the Zionist movement.Haredi rabbis do not consider Israel to be a halachic Jewish state because it has secular government. But they take responsibility for ensuring that Jews maintain religious ideals and, since most Israeli citizens are Jews, they pursue this agenda within Israel. Others reject any possibility of a Jewish state, since according to them a Jewish state is completely forbidden by Jewish religious law. In their view a Jewish state is considered an oxymoron.Two Haredi parties run candidates in Israeli elections. They are sometimes associated with views that could be regarded as nationalist or Zionist. They prefer coalitions with more nationalist Zionist parties, probably because these are more interested in enhancing the Jewish nature of the Israeli state. The Sephardi-Orthodox party Shas rejected association with the Zionist movement; however, in 2010 it joined the World Zionist Organization. Its voters generally identify as Zionist, and Knesset members frequently pursue what others might consider a Zionist agenda. Shas has supported territorial compromise with the Arabs and Palestinians, but it generally opposes compromise over Jewish holy sites.The non-Hasidic or 'Lithuanian' Haredi Ashkenazi world is represented by the Ashkenazi Agudat Israel/UTJ party. It has always avoided association with the Zionist movement and usually avoids voting on or discussing issues related to peace, because its members do not serve in the army. The party works to ensure that Israel and Israeli law are in tune with the halacha, on issues such as Shabbat rest. The rabbinical leaders of the so-called Litvishe world in current and past generations, such as Rabbi Elazar Menachem Shach and Rabbi Avigdor Miller, are strongly opposed to all forms of Zionism, religious and secular. But they allow members to participate in Israeli political life, including both passive and active participation in elections.Many other Hasidic groups in Jerusalem, most famously the Satmar Hasidim, as well as the larger movement they are part of, the Edah HaChareidis, are strongly anti-Zionist. One of the best known Hasidic opponents of all forms of modern political Zionism was Hungarian rebbe and Talmudic scholar Joel Teitelbaum. In his view, the current State of Israel is contrariwise to Judaism, because it was founded by people who included some anti-religious personalities, and were in apparent violation of the traditional notion that Jews should wait for the Jewish Messiah.Teitelbaum referred to core citations from classical Judaic sources in his arguments against modern Zionism; specifically a passage in the Talmud, in which Rabbi Yosi b'Rebbi Hanina explains (Kesubos 111a) that the Lord imposed "Three Oaths" on the nation of Israel: a) Israel should not return to the Land together, by force; b) Israel should not rebel against the other nations; and c) The nations should not subjugate Israel too harshly. According to Teitelbaum, the second oath is relevant concerning the subsequent wars fought between Israel and Arab nations.Other opponent groups among the Edah HaChareidis were Dushinsky, Toldos Aharon, Toldos Avrohom Yitzchok, Spinka, and others. They number in the tens of thousands in Jerusalem, and hundreds of thousands worldwide.File:Al-Quds 2014 Berlin 20140725 173841.jpg|thumb|Two Neturei Karta members join in a large anti-Israel demonstration in Berlin, alongside Iranian and HezbollahHezbollahThe Neturei Karta, an Orthodox Haredi religious movement, strongly oppose Zionism, considering Israel a "racist regime"."We oppose the Zionists and their 'state' {{webarchive |url= |date=May 15, 2011 }} vigorously and we continue our prayers for the dismantlement of the Zionist 'state' and peace to the world." Rabbi E Weissfish, Neturei Karta, Representatives of Orthodox Jewry, US, London, Palestine and worldwide. They are viewed as a cult on the "farthest fringes of Judaism" by most mainstream Jews;Neturei Karta: What is it? {{webarchive|url= |date=October 29, 2012 }} the Jewish Virtual Library puts their numbers at 5,000,WEB,weblink Neturei Karta,, March 12, 2018, but the Anti-Defamation League estimates that fewer than 100 members of the community actually take part in anti-Israel activism. The movement equates Zionism to Nazism,"The Great Gulf Between Zionism and Judaism", Paper delivered by G. J. Neuberger, a member of Neturei Karta, at the Tripoli Conference on Zionism and Racism. believes that Zionist ideology is contrary to the teachings of the Torah,"What is Zionism?" {{webarchive |url= |date=November 14, 2010 }} Jews against Zionism. and also blames Zionism for increases in antisemitism."Zionism promotes antisemitism" {{webarchive |url= |date=November 24, 2010 }}, Jews against Zionism Members of Neturei Karta have a long history of extremist statements and support for notable anti-Semites and Islamic extremists.The Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic movement traditionally did not identify as Zionist, but has adopted a Zionist agenda since the late 20th century, opposing any territorial compromise in Israel.{{Citation needed|date=May 2015}}

Anti-Zionism or antisemitism

Some critics of anti-Zionism have argued that opposition to Zionism can be hard to distinguish from antisemitism,BOOK, Laquer, Walter, A History of Zionism, Random House, 2003, XXiii, NEWS,weblink Anti-Zionism is anti-semitism, The Guardian, November 29, 2003, November 29, 2003, London, Emanuele, Ottolenghi, NEWS,weblink Anti-Zionism and Anti-Semitism, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Fall 2004, November 17, 2012, {{citation| first=Kenneth L. | last=Marcus| title=Anti-Zionism as Racism: Campus Anti-Semitism and the Civil Rights Act of 1964| journal=William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal| volume=15 | issue=3| pages=837–891| year=2007}} and that criticism of Israel may be used as an excuse to express viewpoints that might otherwise be considered antisemitic.NEWS,weblink London, The Guardian, Ned, Temko, Critics of Israel 'fuelling hatred of British Jews', October 17, 2006, WEB,weblink H-Antisemitism, H-Net, January 22, 2016, Martin Luther King Jr. condemned anti-Zionism as antisemitic.JOURNAL,weblink FrontPage Magazine, Dr. King, Anti-Zionism Is Anti-Semitism, January 20, 2003, July 12, 2014,weblink" title="">weblink June 16, 2014, dead, Other scholars argue that certain forms of opposition to Zionism constitute antisemitism. A number of scholars have argued that opposition to Zionism or the State of Israel's policies at the more extreme fringes often overlaps with antisemitism.Anti-semitism in Germany: the post-Nazi epoch since 1945 By Werner Bergmann, Rainer Erb, page 182, "Continuity and Change: Extreme Right Perceptions of Zionism" by Roni Stauber in Anti-semitism worldwide 1999/2000 Tel Aviv University In the Arab world, the words "Jew" and "Zionist" are often used interchangeably. To avoid accusations of antisemitism, the Palestine Liberation Organization has historically avoided using the word "Jewish" in favor of using "Zionist," though PLO officials have sometimes slipped.BOOK,weblink Native vs. Settler, Mitchell, Thomas G., Greenwood Press, 2000, 48, To most Arabs the terms Jew or Jewish and Zionist are interchangeable. After the introduction of European anti-Semitism into the Arab world in the thirties and forties through the Axis powers, Arab propaganda has displayed many classic Nazi anti-Semitic claims about the Jews. For public relations purposes the PLO has never wanted to be accused of being anti-Semitic but rather only of being anti-Zionist. Occasionally its leaders slip, as Arafat did when he referred to the "Jewish invasion" in his speech., 9780313313578, Some antisemites have alleged that Zionism was, or is, part of a Jewish plot to take control of the world.Norman Cohn, Warrant for Genocide, Serif 2001 chapter 3 One particular version of these allegations, "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" (subtitle "Protocols extracted from the secret archives of the central chancery of Zion") achieved global notability. The protocols are fictional minutes of an imaginary meeting by Jewish leaders of this plot. Analysis and proof of their fraudulent origin goes as far back as 1921.WEB,weblink A Hoax of Hate,, March 12, 2018, A 1920 German version renamed them "The Zionist Protocols".Norman Cohn, Warrant for Genocide, Serif 2001 page 75-76 The protocols were extensively used as propaganda by the Nazis and remain widely distributed in the Arab world. They are referred to in the 1988 Hamas charter.Hamas charter, article 32: "The Zionist plan is limitless. After Palestine, the Zionists aspire to expand from the Nile to the Euphrates. When they will have digested the region they overtook, they will aspire to further expansion, and so on. Their plan is embodied in the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion" ..."There are examples of anti-Zionists using accusations, slanders, imagery and tactics previously associated with antisemites. On October 21, 1973, the then-Soviet ambassador to the United Nations Yakov Malik declared: "The Zionists have come forth with the theory of the Chosen People, an absurd ideology." Similarly, an exhibit about Zionism and Israel in the former Museum of Religion and Atheism in Saint Petersburg designated the following as Soviet Zionist material: Jewish prayer shawls, tefillin and Passover Hagaddahs,Korey, W., "Updating the Protocols," Midstream, May 1970, p. 17. even though these are all religious items used by Jews for thousands of years.Prager, D; Telushkin, J. Why the Jews?: The Reason for Antisemitism. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1983. page 169-175.On the other hand, anti-Zionist writers such as Noam Chomsky, Norman Finkelstein, Michael Marder, and Tariq Ali have argued that the characterization of anti-Zionism as antisemitic is inaccurate, that it sometimes obscures legitimate criticism of Israel's policies and actions, and that it is sometimes used as a political ploy in order to stifle legitimate criticism of Israel.
  • Professor Noam Chomsky argues: "There have long been efforts to identify anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism in an effort to exploit anti-racist sentiment for political ends; "one of the chief tasks of any dialogue with the Gentile world is to prove that the distinction between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism is not a distinction at all," Israeli diplomat Abba Eban argued, in a typical expression of this intellectually and morally disreputable position (Eban, Congress Bi-Weekly, March 30, 1973). But that no longer suffices. It is now necessary to identify criticism of Israeli policies as anti-Semitism â€” or in the case of Jews, as "self-hatred," so that all possible cases are covered." â€” Chomsky, 1989 "Necessary Illusions".
  • Philosopher Michael Marder argues: "To deconstruct Zionism is ... to demand justice for its victims - not only for the Palestinians, who are suffering from it, but also for the anti-Zionist Jews, "erased" from the officially consecrated account of Zionist history. By deconstructing its ideology, we shed light on the context it strives to repress and on the violence it legitimises with a mix of theological or metaphysical reasoning and affective appeals to historical guilt for the undeniably horrific persecution of Jewish people in Europe and elsewhere."WEB,weblink Here is why deconstructing Zionism is important, Michael, Marder,, March 12, 2018, BOOK, Deconstructing Zionism: A Critique of Political Metaphysics, Gianni, Vattimo, Michael, Marder, November 21, 2013, Bloomsbury Academic, 978-1441105943,
  • American political scientist Norman Finkelstein argues that anti-Zionism and often just criticism of Israeli policies have been conflated with antisemitism, sometimes called new antisemitism for political gain: "Whenever Israel faces a public relations débâcle such as the Intifada or international pressure to resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict, American Jewish organizations orchestrate this extravaganza called the 'new anti-Semitism.' The purpose is several-fold. First, it is to discredit any charges by claiming the person is an anti-Semite. It's to turn Jews into the victims, so that the victims are not the Palestinians any longer. As people like Abraham Foxman of the ADL put it, the Jews are being threatened by a new holocaust. It's a role reversal â€” the Jews are now the victims, not the Palestinians. So it serves the function of discrediting the people leveling the charge. It's no longer Israel that needs to leave the Occupied Territories; it's the Arabs who need to free themselves of the anti-Semitism. â€” WEB

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  • Tariq Ali, a British-Pakistani historian and political activist, argues that the concept of new antisemitism amounts to an attempt to subvert the language in the interests of the State of Israel. He writes that the campaign against "the supposed new 'anti-semitism'" in modern Europe is a "cynical ploy on the part of the Israeli Government to seal off the Zionist state from any criticism of its regular and consistent brutality against the Palestinians ... Criticism of Israel can not and should not be equated with anti-semitism." He argues that most pro-Palestinian, anti-Zionist groups that emerged after the Six-Day War were careful to observe the distinction between anti-Zionism and antisemitism. — Ali, Tariq. "Notes on Anti-Semitism, Zionism and Palestine" {{webarchive |url= |date=December 7, 2010 }}, Counterpunch, March 4, 2004, first published in il manifesto, February 26, 2004.

Marcus Garvey and Black Zionism

{{See also|Alliance of Black Jews|Back-to-Africa movement}}Zionist success in winning British support for the formation of a Jewish National Home in Palestine helped inspire the Jamaican Black nationalist Marcus Garvey to form a movement dedicated to returning Americans of African origin to Africa. During a speech in Harlem in 1920, Garvey stated: "other races were engaged in seeing their cause through—the Jews through their Zionist movement and the Irish through their Irish movement—and I decided that, cost what it might, I would make this a favorable time to see the Negro's interest through."Negro World March 6, 1920, cited in University of California, Los Angeles (accessed November 29, 2007) Garvey established a shipping company, the Black Star Line, to allow Black Americans to emigrate to Africa, but for various reasons he failed in his endeavour.Garvey helped inspire the Rastafari movement in Jamaica, the Black â€” A Project of the International Board of Rabbis {{webarchive |url= |date=October 30, 2007 }} and the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem who initially moved to Liberia before settling in Israel.

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