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, (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.