Theodor Herzl was wrong. Well, wrong about one thing. He believed that anti-Semitism would go away once a Jewish State appeared. What has happened instead is that anti-Semitism has redirected its energies toward the Jewish State. The bile that had been reserved for the Jews now pours itself out on Israel. Scratch an anti-Zionist and you find an anti-Semite. This the anti-Zionist naturally denies.

Admittedly, this is a strange way to lead off an About Us page. But it explains why we’re here. Herzl demonstrated a profound empathy for the Jewish people. His concern for them even led him to pursue a land other than Israel – a ‘temporary shelter’ – that could house persecuted Jewry. The Jewish masses recognized Herzl’s warmth and returned it with an outpouring of love.

A Spirit of Caring

That spirit of caring hovers above this website. It animated the original force behind this project – Herbert Zweibon, the late chairman of Americans for A Safe Israel. Once, when asked what would happen if Israel were to be destroyed, he said, not missing a beat: “We help the survivors.” He was motivated by that same, let’s call it, Herzlian concern. Whatever situation the Jews were in, he would be there to help. It’s a model we try to live up to.

Combating Anti-Zionism Through Education

Today, Israel and Zionism are under attack. Israel is accused of war crimes. Zionism is equated with racism. They are old canards repeated ad-nauseam. Recently the battlefield has heated up on college campuses, in high school classrooms and even elementary schools. We need to combat this anti-Zionism rhetoric, but there is a shortage of educational material to counter these libels. So that is where we have focused our efforts and why we have created this website, ZionismU. To help fill that gap.

Learn More About ZionismU

If you would like to learn more about who we are, please read the Message From Our Director and visit our Advisory Board page, which includes a number of accomplished academics, like Prof. Edward Alexander and Dr. Mitchell Bard, who have spent decades writing and teaching about Zionism.

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