Zionism and Non Zionists

analytical Essay
1178 words
1178 words

Zionism declares that “the Jews are more than a purely religious body, they are not only a race but also a nation” (Berkowitz 376). Theodor Herzl, the father of political Zionism, states, “We are a people- one people.” Both Herzl and Berkowitz have interesting key points about a Jewish State, the Jewish religion in general, and how to solve current issues in the religion. A State is formed by a social contract and is still being created today. Rousseau states, “The conditions of this contract are so precisely defined by the nature of the agreement that the slightest alterations would make them null and void. The consequence is that, even where they are not expressly stated, they are everywhere identical, and everywhere tacitly accepted and recognized.” States are mainly created by a nation struggling with social and political disputes. They are difficult to form because of opportunities for land. For example, most territories form because of breaking off from their mother countries. “We depend for sustenance on the nations who are our hosts, and if we had no hosts to support us we should die of starvation.” Herzl states that Jews have been faithfully repeating Anti-Semite’s words because of unjust accusations and the need to realize that the world is always changing and adding new properties.
Even though Zionist and non-Zionist hearts bleed together at cruelty and mistreatment of Jews, there are many differences such as, the portrayal of Jews. “The basic proposition is that three-fourths of the Jews of the world are living in hopeless misery. Of the ten millions, one-half live in the pale of Settlement in Russia under conditions which have been depicted repeatedly to the horror of civilized mankind. One million are in Galicia, ni...

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...duty that gave the Jew a seat of honor in the German Parliament. Another example of the political route for social purposes is in England by Isaac Lyon Goldsmid. Goldsmid tried to have all civil disabilities of the Jews in England fully removed. Sir Moses Montefiore also tried to encourage co-religionists to further the advancement of their work in many countries (Berkowitz 364). Berkowitz, along with his simple solution statement has a detailed testimonial about an answer: “the genius[es] of the liberated Jews [will] work on this Jewish problem, we shall, under God, work out its solution along the practical lines that commend themselves to the day and age in which we are living” (378). Herzl and Berkowitz have some similar and some drastically various views, but both agree that something needs to be done and how important the Jewish religion is to its people.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how herzl and berkowitz have key points about a jewish state, the jewish religion in general, and how to solve current issues in the religion.
  • Analyzes how zionist and non-zionist hearts bleed together at cruelty and mistreatment of jews, but there are many differences in their portrayal of them.
  • Opines that zionism and the jewish state would face many risks, including land disputes, current communities moving to a new land, and past and future suffering.
  • Compares herzl and berkowitz's views on the jewish state and its risks and rewards.
  • Analyzes how herzl and berkowitz agree that the jewish problem exists wherever jews live in perceptible numbers because it is carried by the course of migration.
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