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soc.culture.jewish FAQ: Jews and Israel (8/12)
Section - Question 14.4: Are all Jews Zionists?

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                                  Answer:
   
   Jews are Zionists in the sense that the restoration of the Jewish
   people in its homeland is a fundamental tenet of Judaism. Most Jews
   support the state of Israel--the basic realization of Zionism. Some
   Jews, however, do not accept Zionism as a political movement, but
   believe that independence will only come with the advent of the
   Messiah. There are still other Jews who feel that the question of an
   independent Jewish state is independent of the question of the
   Messiah. Lastly, some Jews do not support Zionism for historical
   reasons.
   
   Zionism developed into an organized political movement, in a period
   marked by growing recognition of national movements in Europe, when
   Jews felt the time was ready for the reassertion of Jewish National
   Identity.
   
   As a movement, it was further spurred by growing antisemitism in
   Europe in the latter part of the 19th century, as groups of Jews
   emigrated to what became Israel. It was formally organized into a
   national movement in 1897, with the call for the restoration of the
   Jewish national home.

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