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01/11/2014 2:30pm
Faiths in Sussex Event with Hastings and Bexhill CCJ, Bexhill Islamic Association and Church Together in Bexhill and Hastings and St Leonards.
06/11/2014 9:30am
Annual Study Day organised by Menorah Synagogue in conjunction with CCJ Manchester.
06/11/2014 8:00pm
Revd Richard Leslie Minister of St. Michael’s Borehamwood will be speaking on Hertsmere Foodbank and other social issues.
10/11/2014 7:30pm
What does it mean to help another? Texts available in advance at the website www.scripturalreasoning.org.
 

CCJ Position Statement: Zionism & Anti-Zionism

Definition of Zionism
Modern Zionism began in the late 19th century as a legitimate desire and vision of the Jewish people for a national homeland. This culminated in the establishment of the sovereign state of Israel in 1948.
 
Therefore CCJ defines Zionism today as:
“The continuing legitimate desire and need of the Jewish people for a national homeland in the sovereign state of Israel”.

Historic Roots
The historic roots of Zionism have been a factor in Jewish spirituality since the destruction of Jerusalem in 70CE and the subsequent dispersion of Jewish communities throughout the world.

Since 70CE there has been a continuous Jewish presence in the land. The Jewish people’s connection with Jerusalem and the land of Israel is embodied in their daily liturgy and practices.

Anti-Zionism
Zionism is often misrepresented by those who oppose it. People have a right to criticise policies of the Israeli government, or actions of its citizens. Such criticism does not necessarily constitute anti-Zionism. CCJ would define as anti-Zionist those who would deny the Jewish people a legitimate homeland in Israel, and those who would deny the right of Israel to exist.

Anti-Zionism can also be used as a proxy for antisemitism. As examples of this, CCJ regards anti-Zionism as antisemitism when its proponents:
  • Fail to promote equally self-determination of Palestinians and Israelis
  • Wilfully use the terms “Jews” and “Israelis” and Judaism and Israeli nationality interchangeably
  • Consider only discrimination against, or injustice to, Palestinians to the exclusion of that of Israeli Jews
  • Judge Israel by standards which are not applied equally and impartially to all other countries
 
News
Autumn highlights from September and October.
The current Chairman, the Rt Revd Nigel McCulloch KCVO, having extended his role beyond the normal limit of eight years in order to facilitate the handover from the Revd David Gifford to Dr Jane Clements, has asked the Trustees to allow him now to step do
The trustees are seeking to appoint a member of the professional team working full time to deliver innovative and high quality projects.
We were saddened to hear of the death of Sr Marie Duddy, a former chair of CCJ Belfast, who was killed in a car accident on Tuesday 30th September 2014.