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Socio-Economic Charter – Towards a Government Policy of Social Justice

Social Justice Protest

In advance of the June 30, 2012 social justice rally, numerous people and organizations expressed support for this document. They include multiple Zionist youth movements, Stav Shafir of the Social Movement, Bambi Sheleg of  Eretz Acheret, the Kibbutz Movement, the Histadrut, professors, tent protest leaders, the chair of the Hebrew University Student Union and many others. Last summer’s protest movement demanded that social justice be on the public agenda. The protests showed that the …

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Lords of the Land: The War for Israel’s Settlements in the Occupied Territories, 1967-2007

Lords of the Landtells the tragic story of Jewish settlement in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. In the aftermath of the 1967 war and Israel’s devastating victory over its Arab neighbors, catastrophe struck both the soul and psyche of the state of Israel. Based on years of research, and written by one of Israel’s leading historians and journalists, this involving narrative focuses on the settlers themselves — often fueled by messianic zeal but also inspired by the original Zionist …

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Origins of Democratic Socialism in Israel: Foundations and Leadership

The Origins of Democratic Socialism in Israel: Foundations and Leadership, covers the Socialist-Zionist history of Israel, with a focus on  communal organizations in the pioneering settlement waves of Israel, as well as other significant, related topics. The book addresses the Jewish Revolutionary youth groups in Russia, Poland and the Ukraine, who as pioneers in Israel established the kvuzot (small, self-sufficient communal groups of 10-12 people), the kibbutzim (plural of kibbutz) and …

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Why Progressive Nationalism Is Still So Relevant: Liberal Zionists Speak Out


This article first appeared in The Huffington Post. Introduced to Jewish political discourse via a Zionist youth movement many years ago, my world view and personal identification are still defined by progressive Zionism. Since the establishment of modern Zionism, the self-determination movement of the Jewish people, “hyphenated Zionists” have debated what values should define the movement, and since 1948, the State. Cultural Zionists, Orthodox, Revisionists and socialists all laid …

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Progressive Zionist Engagement with Israel

This article originally appeared in Contact: The Journal of the Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life, Autumn, 2011. David Ben Gurion, who later became the founding Prime Minister of Israel, was the leader of the Labor Zionist movement that led the pre-state Jewish Palestine community and provided the core values to the emerging state. It was not a coincidence that when it was necessary to establish communities to define and protect the future borders of Israel, the socialist kibbutz and its …

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