Who are Zionists and what do Zionists believe?
After all you heard about the terrible Z-word and the terrible Z-people, here is a fast lesson in the facts about Zionists (oops, there's that word). Zionists are not afraid to say they are Zionists, not just "pro-Israel" but Zionist. Zionists who are members of the Jewish people are not afraid to be proud that they are Jewish. We are Jews, not "J people."†
Who are Zionists?
We are Zionists, and we are proud Zionists too. "Zionist" is dirty name only in the mouths of racist and evil minded people. Some of them use it as a "polite" way of saying "Jew". This page was created to counter some myths about Zionism and Zionists that have been spread by the usual sorts of people ("r people" - anti-Zionism is "r" - racism).†
What Zionists believe
Zionists believe that the Jews are a people and deserve a country of their own. Zionists believe in Zionism, the national liberation movement of the Jewish people. Zionism is not against anyone and it is not racist. Zionism implements the right of self determination of the Jewish people.
Until the 19th century, almost every Jew was a Zionist at heart, but there was no Zionist movement, and therefore no political Zionism. Theodor Herzl founded the Zionist political movement, though he was not the first Zionist. This is the real truth about Zionism and Zionists. Read about the History of Zionism and Zionists.
These are real Zionist quotes of actual Zionists - not the fake kind you may find at many Web sites.
If other national movements which have risen before our eyes were their own justification, can it still be questioned whether the Jews have a similar right? They play a larger part in the life of the civilized nations, and they have rendered greater service to humanity; they have a greater past and history, a common, unmixed descent, an indestructible vigor, an unshakable faith, and an unexampled martyrology; the peoples have sinned against them more grievously than against any other nation. Is not that enough to make them capable and worthy of possessing a fatherland? The struggle of the Jews for national unity and independence as an established nation not only possesses the inherent justification that belongs to the struggle of every oppressed people, but it is also calculated to win the support of the people by whom we are now unwanted. This struggle must become an irresistible factor of contemporary international politics and destined for future greatness. Leon Pinsker, Autoemancipation, 1882
"How can Jews, who demand emancipation in Russia, rob rights and act selfishly toward other workers upon coming to Eretz Israel? If it is possible for many a people to hide fairness and justice behind cannon smoke, how and behind what shall we hide fairness and justice? We should absolutely not deceive ourselves with terrible visions. We shall never possess cannons, even if the goyim shall bear arms against one another for ever. Therefore, we cannot but settle in our land fairly and justly, to live and let live. " (Meir Dizengoff (writing as "Dromi") "The Workers Question," Hatzvi, September 21, 22, 1909)
More Zionist Quotes
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Some Famous Zionists
Biographies of Famous Zionists
Aaron Aaronsohn, Sarah Aaronsohn, Mordechai Anielewicz, Shaul Avigur, Rabbi Yehudah Alkalai, Ehud Barak, Mehereta Baruch, Menachem Begin Yitzhak Ben-Aharon David Ben-Gurion Eliezer Ben Yehuda Yitzhak Ben Zvi (Izhak Ben Tzvi) President of Israel Ber Borochov Chaim Nachman Bialik Joseph Chaim Brenner Esther Cailingold Moshe Dayan Albert Einstein Levi Eshkol Avshalom Feinberg Aaron David (A.D.) Gordon Achad Haam Yehuda Halevi† Yehoshua Hankin Theodor Herzl Chaim Herzog Moses Hess Ze'ev (Valdimir) Jabotinsky Berl Katznelson Abba Kovner Golda Meir LaVon Mercer† Rabbi Tzvi Hirsh Kalischer (Kalisher) Yitzhak Navon (Izhak Navon)† Benjamin Netanyahu Mordecai Manuel Noah Max Nordau (Simon Maximillian Nordau) †Ehud Olmert Colonel John Henry Patterson Shimon Peres Amir Peretz Leon Pinsker Yitzhak Rabin Haviva Reik (Chaviva Reich) Arthur Ruppin Hannah Senesh (Szenes) †Enzo Sereni Yitzhak Shamir Moshe Sharett (Shertok) Manya Shochat (Mania Sho'hat) Ariel Sharon Nahman Syrkin Henrietta Szold Joseph Trumpeldor Chaim Weizmann Orde Charles Wingate
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Friends and informative sites:
Zionism - Definition and Brief History- A balanced article that covers the definitions and history of Zionism as well as opposition to Zionism and criticisms by Arabs,† Jewish anti-Zionists.
Israel-Palestina - (Dutch) Middle East Conflict, Israel, Palestine,Zionism... IsraŽl-Palestina Informatie -gids IsraŽl, Zionisme, Palestijnen en†Midden-Oosten conflict... Israeli-Palestinian conflict from a European perspective - Dutch and English
† ZioNation - Zionism-Israel Web Log †† Israel News† Israel: like this, as if Albert Einstein Israel - Birth of a Nation - The struggle for Israel's independence Bible Palestine Nakba 1948 Israel Independence - Birth of a Nation Six Day War War of Independence History of Zionism Zionism FAQ Zionism Israel Center Maps of Israel†Jew†Zionism and its Impact Israel Christian Zionism