Zionism is the national liberation movement of the Jewish people. Jews cannot be called a race given the diversity of origin and color of its adherents. Rather, it is a civilization by definition, as they are people with a common history, language, literature, philosophy, religion and land and call for homeland in the manner of any other nation.
The aspiration of Zionism is the creation of a society in Israel which embodies the ideals of democracy politically, socially and culturally for its inhabitants, regardless of race, sex or chosen faith. Furthermore, history has demonstrated the need for a Jewish homeland to ensure the security of the Jewish people.
Zionism is the antithesis of racism. Residing in Israel currently are members of many religious and ethnic groups including, Christians, Muslims, Druze and Bahais, among others. The presence of black Jews (mostly from Ethiopia) is a classic example to refute the claim that Zionism is racist. Israel’s democratic character ensures that religious rights and freedom are respected.
By an overwhelming majority the United Nations General Assembly in 1991 voted to abolish Resolution 3379 which equated Zionism with racism, terming it an “obscene resolution.” That it was passed initially in 1975 was due to the weight of the Soviet Union and the Communist bloc, China and its allies, and the Muslim and Arab countries calling for its imposition.
The Draft Declarations for the UN World Conference Against Racism to take pace in Durban, South Africa from 31 August to 7 September 2001 accusing Israel of “racist Zionist practices” has been criticised by many notable figures:
UN Secretary General Koki Annan, Address to the Israel Foreign Relations Council and the United Nations Association of Israel, Jerusalem, 25 March 1998
“We must use the occasion to denounce antisemitism in all of its manifestations. This brings me to the lamentable resolution adopted by the General Assembly in 1975, equating Zionism with racism and racial discrimination. That was, perhaps, the lowpoint in our relations; its negative resonance even today is difficult to overestimate. Fortunately, the General Assembly rescinded the resolution in 1991.”
President George Bush, Address to the United Nations on September 23, 1991
“Zionism… is the idea that led to the creation of a home for the Jewish people…. And to equate Zionism with the intolerable sin of racism is to twist history and forget the terrible plight of Jews in World War II and indeed throughout history.”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Speech at Harvard University, 1968
“You declare that you do not hate the Jews, you are merely anti-Zionist. And I say, let the truth ring forth from the high mountain tops, let it echo through the valleys of God’s green earth: when people criticize Zionism, they mean Jews. This is God’s own truth. Antisemitism, the hatred of the Jewish people, has been and remains a blot on the soul of mankind…Anti-Zionism is inherently antisemitic and ever will it be so. …Zionism is nothing less than the dream and ideal of the Jewish people returning to live in their own land… And what is anti-Zionist? It is the denial to the Jewish people of a fundamental right that we justly claim for the people of Africa and freely accord all other nations of the globe. It is discrimination against the Jews, my friend, because they are Jews. In short, it is antisemitism.”
You have always without a doubt heard and read much about the political crises in the Middle East in which the State of Israel plays a central role. This is, in fact, an ongoing series of crises with potential to bring the greatest misfortune on the entire world. Tragically many believe that Zionism and Judaism are identical. Thus they conclude that the entire Jewish people is responsible for the actions of the Zionist government and the world crises which emanates from it. This is a Grave Error!
The truth is that the Jewish faith and Zionism are two very different philosophies. They are as opposite as day and night. The Jewish people have existed for thousands of years. In their two thousand years of Divinely decreed exile no Jew ever sought to end this exile and establish independent political sovereignty anywhere. The people’s sole purpose was the study and fulfillment of the Divine commandments of the Torah.
The Zionist movement created the Israeli state. The latter is a persuasion less than one hundred years old. Its essential goal was and is to change the nature of the Jewish people from that of a religious entity to a political movement. From Zionism’s inception the spiritual leaders of the Jewish people stood in staunch opposition to it.
To this day Torah Jewry remains forever loyal to its faith. Zionists want the world to believe that they are the representatives of the entire Jewish people. This is false! The Jewish people never chose them as their leaders.
The Zionists have deceived many well meaning Jewish people via terror, trickery and false propaganda. They have at their disposal the use of a nearly universally subservient media. Whoever attempts to criticize them puts his livelihood and, at times, his very life in danger.
However, despite the media blackout and easy resort to terror the simple truth remains unrefuted and irrefutable: ACCORDING TO THE JEWISH FAITH AND TORAH LAW THE JEWISH PEOPLE ARE FORBIDDEN TO HAVE THEIR OWN STATE WHILE AWAITING THE MESSIANIC ERA!
The Creator gave us the Holy Land thousands of years ago. Yet, when we sinned, He took it away and sent us into exile. Since that time our task is to wait for Him to send the Messiah. At that time, the Creator alone, without any human being lifting a hand or saying a word, will bring us together and take us out of exile. He will likewise establish universal peace among all mankind and all will serve Him in good will.
Some religious Jews, confused by Zionist propaganda quote Biblical verses that state that G-d gave the children of Israel the Holy Land. They overlook, unfortunately, those verses which say that He took it away due to our sins. They further ignore those prophecies which explicitly describe the last exile’s conclusion as a Divine, not a human process.
The Creator has commanded every Jew to follow the ways of peace and to be loyal to the country where he lives.
Torah true Jewry waits patiently for the Messianic redemption. They have nothing to do with any kind of pseudo “Jewish State” and its aggressions against other peoples. They have a deep sympathy for the plight of the Palestinians who have suffered the most from Zionism’s false teachings and barbaric actions. The Zionist state is not a Jewish state. The Zionists alone are the only ones responsible for their actions. Authentic Jewry has and will continue to oppose the very existence of this blasphemous state.
May all mankind witness the true redemption.
Zionism is a movement founded by Theodor Herzl in 1896 whose goal is the return of Jews to Eretz Yisrael, or Zion, the Jewish synonym for Jerusalem and the Land of Israel.
The name of “Zionism” comes from the hill Zion, the hill on which the Temple of Jerusalem was situated.
Supporters of this movement are called “Zionists”.
Today there is much confusion among Jews over the meaning of the term Zionism. It means different things to different people.
The reason for this is that historically, Zionism has been a movement dominated by secularist Jews. Herzl and most of his colleagues were assimilated Jews, who did not believe in or practice the Torah. Some Zionists were vehemently anti-religious, and saw the Torah and mitzvos as outdated rituals with no place in their modern state.
Yet the essence of the Zionist idea – that Jews should return to the Holy Land and establish a government – is not inherently secular, and in fact the Zionist movement had some religious members from the very beginning.
Some Jews today use Zionism as a synonym for Israeli secularism, and thus support the State of Israel while claiming to be anti-Zionist. These people’s only complaint about the State of Israel is that it is not religious enough. They hope for the day when the state will be dominated by the religious parties.
But this is not the meaning of the term Zionism as used on this site. When we talk about Zionism here, we are refering to the concept that Jews should rise up, emancipate themselves from exile without waiting for the messiah, and establish a Jewish government in the Holy Land. Using Jewish texts, we demonstrate that this concept is against the Torah and has been opposed by rabbis in all generations.
There have been hundreds of rabbis over the past century who spoke out against the Zionist movement. But because of the ambiguity of the term, it is not always possible to prove that a given rabbi meant to oppose the concept of Zionism, rather than just secularism. For this reason, religious Zionists often make the claim that much rabbinic opposition to Zionism was only because it was a secular movement. On the Rabbinic Quotations section of this site, we have avoided this confusion by carefully selecting those quotations that are clearly against the concept of Zionism itself. As the reader will see, these quotations alone are enough proof that almost all of the greatest sages and leaders of the Jewish people opposed the establishment of a Jewish state.