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Being Jewish is not synonymous with being Zionist

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Submitted by Margalit Shinar (United Kingdom), Aug 19, 2009 at 07:10

I totally agree with your brief analysis. However, with Israel's continuous insistence that it is the homeland of the Jews -- (not the homeland of the Zionists); with its denial of the Zionism of non-Jews (which can be found not only among Christians but within the growing ranks of non-Jewish foreign workers in Israel and even among Arab Israeli citizens) - it should come as no surprise that everyone, Jews, Zionists and Gentiles alike confuse the issue.

In the end, the confusion arises from the denial of a very important fact: the Jews of Israel and their Zionist brethren -- who are in the eyes of the former potential Israelis -- are a separate nation in the making and non-Zionist Judaism is a faith. And this divergence that you mention will only grow over time.

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