By Mati G. Cohen.
Zionism is the national liberation movement of the Jewish people, a people indigenous to the land of Israel, their historic homeland. The movement emerged when the Romans razed the historic homeland of the Jewish people to the ground and exiled them from their ancient borders. For the over 2,000 years that followed Jews dreamed and yearned to return to their ancient homeland – our ancient homeland – each year chanting: “Next year in Jerusalem.”
The dream was only successfully actualized in the 20th century by the Zionist movement, which in 1948 established the modern Jewish state of Israel – in our ancestral borders – and revived our ancient Hebrew language. The Zionist movement has been the most successful national liberation movement of an indigenous people in recorded history. Yet the struggle we face as Jews continues.
We are still faced with existential questions and conflicts within ourselves and our surroundings which will determine our future as a people. In order to answer these questions we must look back to our national and historical roots. Today, Zionism is still relevant. Today, it is not simply a movement for the preservation of Israel but it also embodies an empowerment and solidarity movement that is meant to reflect the future of Israel and the international Jewish Community as a whole.
The term Zionism as used in this online magazine platform is to discuss, in context, the very existential questions that pertain to the Jewish people and State. The term Zionism is meant to empower our united voice in support of the universal freedoms and unalienable rights that Jews have as humans upon this Earth and which Jews have only recently been able to express in full.
The responsibility we have – as the next generation of Zionists – is to participate in the future of Israel and Jewish freedoms and liberties, and to be the very voice of our generation’s Zionist struggle.