Saturday, August 14, 2010

Zionism is Self Determination

A new article in Haaretz by Sholomo Avineri says it well:

" The essence of the Zionist revolution is the view that the Jews are a nation, and as such, they have the right to national self-determination in a political framework. This principle was accepted by the United Nations on November 29, 1947, in its decision to partition British Mandatory Palestine into two states - Jewish and Arab (not Jewish and Muslim-Christian ).

Israel views itself as a Jewish nation-state, exactly as Poland views itself as a Polish nation-state and Greece as a Greek nation-state, or as the Palestinian state, when it arises, will view itself as a Palestinian nation-state."

Avineri continues

"Anyone who rejects the Jews' right to define themselves as a nation denies them a fundamental human right, to which Jews, just like the Palestinians, are entitled. Arab refusal to accept Israel as a Jewish state attests to something very deep and troubling: unwillingness to accept the Jewish people's right to self-determination. "

Zionism, love of Zion and the belief that the Jewish people have the right to self determination in their ancient homeland has been misunderstood for generations.
Yet Psalm 137, a Zionist statement was articulated thousands of years ago:

By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.
Upon the willows in the midst thereof we hanged up our harps.
For there they that led us captive asked of us words of song, and our tormentors asked of us mirth: 'Sing us one of the songs of Zion.'
How shall we sing the Lord'S song in a foreign land?
If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.
Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, if I remember thee not; if I set not Jerusalem above my chiefest joy.

The best answer to bad information is as always , good information:
Good sources of information on Zionism include:

Zionism - Definition and History
Zionism and Israel
Zionism and Israel on the Web
Zionism: a definition


Daphne Anson said...

I'm glad to say that a recent blog of mine, "Why Zionism is integral to Judaism", was well-received in certain practising Christian circles. I followed it with one on "The Zionist Idea from Jewish Emancipation to 1948".
I think it helps to include such posts from time to time, even if they appear to draw forth no comments, for they may educate someone further down the track.

Anonymous said...

Daphne's post.

Nice blog! Interesting article re: William cooper

Anonymous said...

As Zionism is the world's oldest national liberation movement, I have never understood why the current American Left has rejected Jewish national liberation and embraced the rather fascist,theocratic,pertoleum funded, Palestinian rejectionist movement.