Category Archives: Personal Stories of Zionism, Israel and Progressive Identity

Ameinu is launching a new feature on the Ameinu Blog – Personal Stories of Zionism, Israel and Progressive Identity. This section will feature firsthand accounts from American and Israeli progressive Jews, with a special focus on next generation leaders, exploring the relationship between their progressive values and the centrality of Israel in their lives. This blog will champion the voices and experiences of those who hold tight to both their Zionist principles and their progressive vision. Read about how they work for a better Israel and a just solution for the rights of Palestinians. We invite you to join in the conversation and share your stories as well, either in the comments section or by emailing office@ameinu.net.

‘We’ll come for you Zionists next.’ South Africa’s student Left defends Hitler and Hezbollah, but attacks Jews like me

By Adam Dison, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa “We’ll come for you Zionists next.” That’s what an angry student said, pointing a finger in my face, in a planning meeting the day before a successful workers protests at South Africa’s …

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Remembering Rabin – His Legacy, Then and Now

By:  Miki Golod On November 4th, 2017, Israel commemorates 22 years since the assassination of Prime Minister Yizchak Rabin. I was a 13-year-old when Rabin was murdered by Igal Amir, a right wing radical religious man.  For me it was …

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An Impenetrable Wall Between Progressivism and Zionism?

By Cheryl Gordon I am an American Jew, a New Yorker, and a student at the University of Michigan. As a Jew, I feel a connection to the land where the Jewish people trace their roots; to ancestors who lived …

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Progressive Visions for a Zionist Future

I am a Jew. I am a Zionist. I am a Feminist. I am a Socialist. I believe in the innate value of every human being.   These facets of my identity are not contradictory. They exist within me as …

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Beyond Anti-Semitism: The Biggest Progressive Problem At The Chicago Dyke March

By Josh Friedes The Chicago Dyke March is supposed to be an especially inclusive gathering of progressives. Shockingly, Jews carrying rainbow flags with the Star of David were asked to leave. One Dyke March collective member told the Windy City …

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I’m Voting NO to BDS because it doesn’t actually help Palestine

I am pro-Palestinian. I 100 per cent believe that Palestinians have the right to self-determination and, most importantly, their dignity — which as of right now is unfortunately not always the case. I am also vehemently opposed to BDS. Now …

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The entry law bars too many Zionists

It’s my last year of undergraduate schooling in the United States, and my spring break starts March 17th, but I’ll spend vacation working. I’m going home to Israel, and while I will be enjoying the beaches and cafes and visiting …

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Why it no longer matters whether Jews are White

Almost a year ago, I was in Israel with strangers who quickly became friends, as Israel trips always go. We were sitting in our hotel room in Jerusam, and somehow the topic came up of whether we, a group of …

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Alan Johnson: Non-Jewish, 2-State Zionist

We have the permission of the British Israel Communications & Research Centre (BICOM) to post the following essay by Alan Johnson, Editor of the Fathom journal and a BICOM Senior Research Fellow.  It is one of a number of pieces included in …

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Proud to be a Zionist (and Socialist)

Jeremy Corbyn’s brother recently made headlines by tweeting that “#Zionists cant cope with anyone supporting rights for #Palestine”. That the tweet took place in the context of a heated discussion about how the UK Labour Party is coping with increasing …

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