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 Concern
That spirit of concern 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, (the admittedly shocking question) 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.
HERE’S SOME GOOD NEWS: ISRAEL EXISTS!
Seventy years ago, we couldn’t say that. Israel’s founding is the most remarkable development in modern Jewish history. In the words of Professor Edward Alexander: “It stands as one of the few redeeming events in a century of blood and shame, one of the greatest affirmations of the will to live that a martyred people has ever made.” That sounds like something worth studying. Yet, of the two major events affecting Jews in the last century – the Holocaust and Israel – it is the Holocaust that has been carefully studied and taught and Israel that has been largely ignored. We hope to change that.
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. ZionismU is an associate member of the Association for Jewish Studies.