03/03/2015 7:30pm
Speakers: Marcus Braybrooke, Jesmond Blumenfeld, Zia Sardar. Marcus is an Anglican priest who has been described as the elder stateman of interfaith work. Jesmond is Jewish, an economist and has written of the Oxfod Jewish community. Zia is a Muslim and an eminent author.
03/03/2015 8:00pm
How Christians and Jews use music to create sanctity. Discussions, with examples, will be led by Rev’d Dr Rebecca Lloyd, Curate at St Stephen's, South Dulwich and The Rev David Rome, Cantor and Leader of Catford Synagogue. Refreshments from 7.45pm.
11/03/2015 7:00pm
A panel discussion on religious tolerance/intolerance
19/03/2015 8:00pm
Revd Javaid Iqbal and Rabbi Paul Freedman talk on their chosen subject.

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.

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
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