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Friday, April 13, 2007


This blog entry about Zionism is from Fresno Zionism and it is spot on.

Zionism has become a term of abuse, a "four letter word." It happened because anti-Zionists adopted the term and used it in slogans like "Zionism is Racism." At the same time, real Zionists decided that the word was outmoded, while a few extremists adopted the term to apply only to themselves - advocates of Greater Israel and fans of Rabbi Kahaneh.

The result is evident when you search Google for the keyword "Zionism." A lot of the pages that Google displays are anti-Zionist or anti-Semitic, because real Zionists are often afraid to use the word.

As Fresno Zionism writes, calling the blog "Zionism" is meant to make a point:

to take ownership of the concept of Zionism from those who use it as a term of abuse.

He also notes:

What I'm struggling to do is in effect to say "This is a Zionist point of view" (not the Zionist point of view, a Zionist point of view).

That is a very important point as well. Those who are presenting Zionism need to do it proudly, but to make it clear that they are usually representing their own view of Zionism, not "Zionism."

Ami Isseroff

The other day a friend of mine said "your blog is really interesting…but don't you think calling it Fresno Zionism turns off a lot of possible readers?"

That's the idea, of course. Not to turn off possible readers, that is, but to take ownership of the concept of Zionism from those who use it as a term of abuse.

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