She could have gone after him a dozen ways. Menashi works in the Trump White House, including with the one-man immigration-policy wrecking ball Stephen Miller. But Maddow chose to read aloud, at length, from an obscure article by Menashi published in in The Journal of International Law. You can guess which word she kept repeating: ethnonationalism. Maddow interpreted it as code for white supremacism. The question is this: Can a nation-state favor one ethnic group over others and remain a democracy? Certain countries come up a lot in this discussion — former Soviet states and satellites such as Estonia, Latvia and Slovakia, for instance. And, yes, Israel.
Myths & Facts
When I took a Birthright trip to Israel, the main attraction was not the land. It was our Israeli security guard. And he was as fresh from army service as a Krispy Kreme doughnut sliding off a conveyor belt. He looked at her with those blue-gray eyes that had seen families torn apart by war we imagined. We drove to Tzippori, the ancient Jewish town in northern Israel that contains mosaics that some scholars claim represent early liberal Judaism.
The two works reviewed here reflect a certain polarity in Zionist thought. Professor Herman is at reconciliation, dating back to the war years. His acceptance at.
In this highly personal guest contribution, a British and Jewish blogger reflects on his youth membership of Zionist movements, the recent conflict in the Middle East between Israel and Hamas, and how his relationship with faith changes as he gets older. I’m a nice Jewish boy from North West London. I was brought up in a family that was never particularly religious — we belonged to a Reform synagogue, not an Orthodox one – but where my Jewish identity was considered extremely important, and where support for Israel was an absolute given.
Not blanket, unquestioning support, but support nonetheless. In , at the age of 16, I spent a summer in Israel with RSY, and two years later took a gap-year there. Half that year was spent on Kibbutz Lotan, one of the two Reform Synagogue affiliated kibbutzim, and the other half was spent on a course known colloquially as ‘Machon’, at the Institute For Youth Leaders From Abroad in Jerusalem, run by an arm of the Israeli state known as the Jewish Agency.
On Machon , along with dozens of other young Jews of my own age from a range of different Zionist youth movements, I received training in youth leadership skills, Jewish history, and what is known in Hebrew as ‘hasbarah’. Hasbarah literally means ‘explaining’, but it has another meaning, which is essentially ‘propaganda’. We were encouraged — and at the age of 18 or 19 we needed no encouragement — to spend much time discussing and arguing the fine points of Zionist ideology and Israeli politics both among ourselves and with members of the other movements.
The left-wingers among us were highly critical of many of Israel’s actions from the War in Lebanon to the whole of the Occupation, and we all argued strenuously that it was a fundamental necessity for Israel to behave ethically at all times; moreover we left-wingers argued that it was of prime importance that we as Zionists stood up and criticised Israel when it did not do so. However, none of that criticism was ever allowed to cross the red line of rejecting the idea of the Jewish State itself.
We did not go so far as to accept the idea that Zionism was racism or that Israel ought not exist — indeed we had special sessions on Machon where we were explicitly taught strategies for arguing against these ideas. The concept of a democratic secular one-state solution for all inhabitants of the Holy Land, under which Jews and Palestinians would be equal citizens in the eyes of the law, was not at any point on the table.
Unlike most of my colleagues on the Machon course, I made a particular point of learning Hebrew, and while in Jerusalem I met and fell in love with Ayelet, an Israeli girl my own age.
Fear is the most primal defensive instinct, but fear can also be exploited as a tool of control, leading people to act with thought and emotion so impaired that, to borrow from the above definition of psychosis, contact with external reality is lost. Colonial Salem had witches; Spanish Inquisitors had heretics; McCarthyism had communists; and Zionism has antisemites. Zionism thrives only as long as antisemitism, the disease it allegedly was created to fight, thrives.
It claims to be the antidote to European racial-nationalism and ethnic cleansing, but its singular goal is a state founded on ethnic nationalism, cleansing, and subjugation. It claims ancient self-identity, yet expropriates iconic cultural aspects of the very people it seeks to erase, as its own. This hijacking of Jewish identity was formalized with the so-called International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance IHRA re-definition of antisemitism, the name itself an undisguised exploitation of the Holocaust to empower new ethnic crimes.
Living in Israel, Eliora and Nathan are lucky enough to be close to Yericho, one of the world’s oldest cities – perhaps THE oldest, dating back.
The land of Israel has yielded many archeological finds, but what they mean is subject to interpretation: archeology is both influenced by politics and personal belief, and plays a role in shaping political discourse. These explorers—some devout Christians, and others more skeptical—uncovered what seemed to be basic proof of Jewish, Canaanite, and Philistine settlements generally corresponding to the Biblical narrative.
For example, the fortress at Masada, discovered in by British archeologists and further excavated by Yigal Yadin in the s, was heralded as confirmation of the heart-wrenching story of Jewish zealots who committed mass suicide rather than surrender to the Romans. The story of that last stand, spoke to Israeli fighters looking for models of Jewish bravery and willingness to fight and die for autonomy. With the renewed access to the Old City, Israeli archeologists discovered testaments to life during the Second Temple period.
This included the southern entrance to the Temple complex, thought to have welcomed Jewish pilgrims three times a year and the remains of the homes of Jewish priests. The finds from the Second Temple period are relatively uncontested, however much debate now surrounds the beginnings of Jewish rule in Israel and the Davidic Kingdom in Judea.
In the past two decades, scholars and activists have accused archeologists of being driven to prove the truth of the Bible when dating and interpreting their finds. Underlying some of these accusations is the insinuation that Zionist archeologists wish to bolster the Jewish right to the land by pushing Jewish political dominance in Israel to an earlier date.
Israel Finkelstein, a scholar at Tel Aviv University is one of the leading Israeli archeologists who questions whether the Bible can be relied upon as an accurate historical document, concerning the Kingdom of David. He points to the lack of evidence of a developed centralized economy and fortified cities in Judea Jerusalem and its environs during the period when David was supposed to have reigned.
We Need to Talk About How Israeli Men Treat American Women
This article was originally published here on Salon. Is Zionism creepy? It is a strange question, prompted by the recent controversy surrounding Linda Sarsour, the executive director of the Arab American Association of New York. In early July, Sarsour addressed the annual meeting of the Islamic Society of North America, during which she is alleged to have advocated violent jihad.
She did not, but her many online detractors nevertheless used the speech to reiterate their claims that Sarsour sympathizes with terrorists, is an anti-Semite, and is hostile to Israel.
Haaretz Editor-in-Chief Aluf Benn talks about his deeply rooted Zionism, civil rights Aluf Benn talks about his family’s Zionist roots, pre-dating the state of Israel.
T oday marks the beginning of Passover. The Passover ceremonial meal—the Seder—is part feast, part ritual, part history lesson. Its narrative is rooted in Exodus, the Old Testament book that most perfectly encapsulates the great themes of Jewish history: suffering, belief, miraculous deliverance. But it is no simple fairy tale. Unlike Jesus and Mohammed, Moses is presented in scripture not as a perfected specimen—but as a complex, flawed human being. His weak-willed followers betray their flaws as well, lapsing into lurid paganism once Moses ascends Mount Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments from God.
The retelling of the flight of Israelite slaves from Egypt inevitably reminds thinking Jews of modern controversies about human rights and power imbalances—which is why the Seder invites not only religious introspection but also political debate.
An Archaeology Student’s Zionist Jewish Wedding at The View of the Jordan, Mitzpeh Yericho, Israel
Dashiel Lawrence does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. A rally in Melbourne several weeks earlier let off a second siren to replicate the day-to-day experience of many Israelis avoiding Hamas rocket fire. While staging air-raid sirens may be an unprecedented if dramatic activity for Jewish communal and Zionist organisations, their response to the Gaza conflict has been consistent with an established model of Israel advocacy in Australia dating back nearly 60 years.
John’s University before her death in , disagreed with Scholem, arguing that the hexagram has Jewish origins dating back to biblical times.
When I moved to a new, Midwestern city to attend graduate school, I did what many young, single people do: I joined a dating website. After a few weeks, I began to notice that the men who messaged me tended to fit a certain type: bookish, serious, and strongly invested in being seen as intellectual and cultured.
They wore glasses, liked foreign films and cooked vegetarian food. They were, in short, a lot like me. But one day, as I read through the profile of a young man who had sent me a reasonable polite and literate message, I noticed something jarring. I went back to the message and read it again. It was very polite. I found myself at an impasse. I genuinely had no idea whether to answer.
But I had hesitated, so I must be. I decided not to reply to the message although I still found it preoccupying, especially after I found a number of profiles with similar warnings. But I continued to find them perplexing. Unless you are actively engaged as a Hamas fighter, chances are you spend far more time watching TV or exercising than trying to dismantle the Israeli state. I was taken aback.
Debunking the myth that anti-Zionism is antisemitic
One of the key forces in shaping the history of Palestine was the Zionist movement. This movement emerged from and is rooted in political developments in Europe, but it changed and developed as it evolved from a political movement in Europe to a settlement and nation-building project in Palestine. Thus, we need to step outside the physical context of the Middle East to understand a force that ultimately changed the Middle East.
This article focuses on Jewish history and Jewish politics and thought; other texts in this collection complement and complicate the picture I give with perspectives from the Arab, Palestinian, and imperial perspectives. In what follows I will give an overview of the Jewish world at the time; will zoom in on the conditions in Western, Central, and Eastern Europe that eventually gave rise to the Zionist movement; will discuss the early evolution of the movement in Europe, before discussing how it evolved and changed as it focused on a settlement and nation-building project in Palestine.
Debunking the myth that anti-Zionism is antisemitic. Protesters in New York City call for a boycott of Israel in Photograph: Pacific.
Haaretz Editor-in-Chief Aluf Benn talks about his deeply rooted Zionism, civil rights and why criticism goes hand in hand with democracy and shares his liberal, pragmatic approach to peace and making Israel stronger. The editor talks about the need for a strong, independent judiciary and separation of powers and what he thinks would make Israel even stronger — despite her enemies. What, asks Benn, will Israel give in exchange for Palestinian recognition of Jewish state?
The subject of Zionism is too important to rush through. Now you can enjoy Defining Zionism at your convenience. Speakers are filmed in several short 3 to 5 minute segments. Each segment is a different topic. We encourage you to use the comment section at the bottom of this page to discuss these engaging videos and to let us know how you like the new format. Michael Bassin reflects on his experiences as an American Zionist in the Arab world, experiences For civil rights attorney Amanda Berman, co-founder of the Zioness Movement, now is the moment During an exciting moment when the feminism movement is burgeoning, we’re seeing increased Should Zionists talk to BDS supporters?
Dating a zionist
Aug 21 1 Elul Torah Portion. I try to keep up on Israeli politics and I will sometimes see a reference to “non-Zionist Orthodox parties. It’s impossible to say that Orthodox Jews are opposed to the concept of Zionism, because the very idea for Zionism comes from the Bible. God made a covenant with Abraham, promising him and his descendents the Land of Israel Genesis Torah Jews believe that the Jewish community in Israel is part of the Divine plan for Jewish redemption.
One of the great wonders of Jewish history is how the Bible foretells the Jews’ return to the Land.
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March organizers initially explained that the Star of David was an inherently Zionist symbol, synonymic with the State of Israel, which could offend any Palestinian Marchers. At the march , organizer Jill Raney clarified that the event only prohibited the Israeli flag and the Pride flag with the Star of David because of their nationalist symbolism. But the question underlying the controversy remained: What does the Star of David symbolize?
The Star of David, often called the Magen David or Shield of David, has a rich ecumenical history, reaching across many centuries, countries and contexts. Before it became the Magen David, the Star of David simply existed as a six-pointed star or hexagram—a standard geometric design found on ancient artifacts dating back to as early as the Bronze Age.
Decorative uses of the six-pointed star on objects such as seals, notarial signs, lamps and thrones continued throughout the Middle Ages.
As Seen on TV: Srugim and Religious Zionist Views on Orthodoxy, Gender, Dating, and Sexuality
By Raf Sanchez , Jerusalem. Varda arrived in Israel from Holland as a year-old Jew brimming with Zionist fervour. She wanted to do her part for the Jewish state so she moved to Jerusalem, became an Israeli citizen and found work as a counsellor for boys with behavioural problems.
In this highly personal guest contribution, a British and Jewish blogger reflects on his youth membership of Zionist movements, the recent.
A woman in the foreground carries a child. Ottoman Empire, ca. November Photograph taken by Armin T. Wegner served as a nurse with the German Sanitary Corps. In and , Wegner As a teenager Lily became active in the Zionist youth movement, Hashomer Hatzair and began dating the leader of the group, Kalman Haber. On March 13, Germany annexed Austria. Jewish refugees during World War II by issuing Japanese transit visas that allowed them to escape to the Sugihara then served with the Japanese military government in Manchuria Troubled by Japanese treatment of the.