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07/10/2014 8:00pm
Annual General Meeting followed by another fascinating talk by Dr. Briddon speaking on 'Gamla to Massada'
19/10/2014 4:30pm
Speakers: Revd Anna Macham and Rabbi Jason Holtz. Refreshments from 4.15pm.
20/10/2014 7:00pm
Alex Schlesinger, President of the Hebrew Congregation, will provide a guided tour and a talk about the history of Jewish people in Bristol. A short AGM will also be part of this evening, please make contact if you'd like to join the ACCJ Committee, as two members are stepping down.
22/10/2014 10:30am
Members' Meeting at 11am - Workshop and Ideas Sharing. Coffee available from 10.30am. Sandwich lunch provided at 12.45pm. AGM at 1.30pm. All members welcome to attend.
 

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
 
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CCJ President, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis releases statement on 12/08/14.