New “Principles of Zionism” Statement and “Zionism Forward” Campaign

August 28, 2018

Contact:  Herbert Block, AZM
 212-318-6100 x.6946

 

ON KEY ANNIVERSARY, AMERICAN ZIONISTS ISSUE NEW “PRINCIPLES OF ZIONISM” STATEMENT AND “ZIONISM FORWARD” CAMPAIGN

The American Zionist Movement (AZM) marked the anniversary of the founding of the world Zionist movement by Theodor Herzl with a public release of its newly-adopted “Statement of Principles of Zionism” and its “Zionism Forward” campaign to promote it throughout the United States.

The Statement – full text below – was adopted by the Board of AZM, comprised of 28 national Jewish Zionist organizations.  AZM works across a broad ideological, political and religious spectrum linking the American Jewish community together in support of Israel, Zionism and the Jewish People.

AZM President Richard D. Heideman said:  “In recent weeks and months we have seen Zionism attacked and mischaracterized in America, Europe, and the Middle East, and by both public figures and those on university campuses.  AZM believes it important for the public to know of the broad principles of Zionism on which diverse Jewish organizations have come together this summer.  We have collectively rededicated ourselves to this movement and launched the ‘Zionism Forward’ campaign in order to strengthen support for Israel, the Jewish people and Zionism.”

Said Heideman:  “Last year we marked 120 years of founding Zionist Congress in Basel.  Today we also celebrate 120, a key number in Jewish tradition, as on August 28, 1898 the Second Zionist Congress convened (also in Basel).  While the 1897 meeting launched the modern worldwide Zionist movement, the gathering a year later in 1898 showed that this movement was not just a one-time effort.  It was this continuity and building of support for Zionism which AZM maintains today as we move Zionism Forward.”



STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES OF ZIONISM

AS ADOPTED BY THE AZM NATIONAL BOARD – Summer 2018

The American Zionist Movement (AZM), comprising 28 national Jewish Zionist organizations, links the diverse American Jewish community in support of Israel, Zionism and the Jewish People. The AZM and its constituent organizations represent American Zionists within the National Institutions of Israel, including the World Zionist Organization (WZO).  The AZM and its constituent organizations fully support and endorse The Jerusalem Program of the WZO, the global statement of the beliefs of the Zionist movement.1

The American Zionist Movement (AZM), through action and deed, supports these principles:

  • The sovereign state of Israel’s unconditional right to exist as the Jewish democratic homeland;
  • The right of the people of Israel to live in peace and security;
  • Pride in the common history, culture, destiny and religious heritage of the Jewish people;
  • Pride in Israel’s rich contributions to the world and its aspirational role to be an exemplary society for all of humanity; and
  • Israel’s centrality to Jewish identity and life.

Zionism Forward is the AZM’s campaign to:

  • Strengthen support for Israel, the Jewish people and Zionism.
  • Celebrate the ideology and cause of Zionism.
  • Help strengthen Israel’s position in the global family of nations.
  • Improve the dialogue on Zionism in America and participate in a new effort to guide the American Jewish people to speak in a unified and informed voice in support of Zionism’s core principles.
  • Provide the forum that fosters our diverse constituent Zionist organizations’ respectful coalescence around our commonality.

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1The JERUSALEM PROGRAM is the official platform of the WORLD ZIONIST ORGANIZATION and the global Zionist movement, having been most recently amended and adopted in June 2004, as the successor statement to the “Basel Program” of 1897 adopted at the First Zionist Congress convened by Theodor Herzl.  The Jerusalem Program states that:

Zionism, the national liberation movement of the Jewish people, brought about the establishment of the State of Israel, and views a Jewish, Zionist, democratic and secure State of Israel to be the expression of the common responsibility of the Jewish people for its continuity and future. The foundations of Zionism are:

  • The unity of the Jewish people, its bond to its historic homeland Eretz Yisrael, and the centrality of the State of Israel and Jerusalem, its capital, in the life of the nation;
  • Aliyah to Israel from all countries and the effective integration of all immigrants into Israeli society.
  • Strengthening Israel as a Jewish, Zionist and democratic state and shaping it as an exemplary society with a unique moral and spiritual character, marked by mutual respect for the multi-faceted Jewish people, rooted in the vision of the prophets, striving for peace and contributing to the betterment of the world.
  • Ensuring the future and the distinctiveness of the Jewish people by furthering Jewish, Hebrew and Zionist education, fostering spiritual and cultural values and teaching Hebrew as the national language;
  • Nurturing mutual Jewish responsibility, defending the rights of Jews as individuals and as a nation, representing the national Zionist interests of the Jewish people, and struggling against all manifestations of anti-Semitism;
  • Settling the country as an expression of practical Zionism.

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(L to R) Phyllis Greenberg Heideman, President, International March of the Living; US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman; Richard D. Heideman, President American Zionist Movement

 

 

AZM Statement: Principles of Zionism

 

STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES OF ZIONISM

 

AS ADOPTED BY THE AZM NATIONAL BOARD JUNE 4, 2018

 
The American Zionist Movement (AZM), comprising 28 national Jewish Zionist organizations, links the diverse American Jewish community in support of Israel, Zionism and the Jewish People. The AZM and its constituent organizations represent American Zionists within the National Institutions of Israel, including the World Zionist Organization (WZO). The AZM and its constituent organizations fully support and endorse The Jerusalem Program of the WZO, the global statement of the beliefs of the Zionist movement.1

The American Zionist Movement (AZM), through action and deed, supports these principles:

  • The sovereign state of Israel’s unconditional right to exist as the Jewish democratic homeland;
  • The right of the people of Israel to live in peace and security;
  • Pride in the common history, culture, destiny and religious heritage of the Jewish people;
  • Pride in Israel’s rich contributions to the world and its aspirational role to be an exemplary society for all of humanity; and
  • Israel’s centrality to Jewish identity and life.

Zionism Forward is the AZM’s campaign to:

  • Strengthen support for Israel, the Jewish people and Zionism.
  • Celebrate the ideology and cause of Zionism.
  • Help strengthen Israel’s position in the global family of nations.
  • Improve the dialogue on Zionism in America and participate in a new effort to guide the American Jewish people to speak in a unified and informed voice in support of Zionism’s core principles.
  • Provide the forum that fosters our diverse constituent Zionist organizations’ respectful coalescence around our commonality.

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1The JERUSALEM PROGRAM is the official platform of the WORLD ZIONIST ORGANIZATION and the global Zionist movement, having been most recently amended and adopted in June 2004, as the successor statement to the “Basel Program” of 1897 adopted at the First Zionist Congress convened by Theodor Herzl.  The Jerusalem Program states that:

Zionism, the national liberation movement of the Jewish people, brought about the establishment of the State of Israel, and views a Jewish, Zionist, democratic and secure State of Israel to be the expression of the common responsibility of the Jewish people for its continuity and future. The foundations of Zionism are:

  • The unity of the Jewish people, its bond to its historic homeland Eretz Yisrael, and the centrality of the State of Israel and Jerusalem, its capital, in the life of the nation;
  • Aliyah to Israel from all countries and the effective integration of all immigrants into Israeli society.
  • Strengthening Israel as a Jewish, Zionist and democratic state and shaping it as an exemplary society with a unique moral and spiritual character, marked by mutual respect for the multi-faceted Jewish people, rooted in the vision of the prophets, striving for peace and contributing to the betterment of the world.
  • Ensuring the future and the distinctiveness of the Jewish people by furthering Jewish, Hebrew and Zionist education, fostering spiritual and cultural values and teaching Hebrew as the national language;
  • Nurturing mutual Jewish responsibility, defending the rights of Jews as individuals and as a nation, representing the national Zionist interests of the Jewish people, and struggling against all manifestations of anti-Semitism;
  • Settling the country as an expression of practical Zionism.

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AZM’s Diplomatic Mission to Poland and Israel 2018

Members of the Diplomatic delegation, with the President and Prime Minister of Israel (more photos below)

 

The American Zionist Movement’s Diplomatic Mission to Israel and to the March of the Living in Poland including 40 ambassadors to the United Nations.

 

From April 10-20, 2018 a delegation of 40 Ambassadors to United Nations participated in the AZM Diplomatic Mission to Israel and to the March of the Living in Poland, on a trip arranged by AZM together with Ambassador Danny Danon, Israel’s Permanent Representatives to the UN. The Ambassadors, from all the UN Regional Groups, and representing a quarter of the countries with which Israel has diplomatic relations, came from Africa, Asia-Pacific, the Caribbean, Europe and Latin America. The diplomats marked Yom HaShoah by participating in the March of the Living in Auschwitz-Birkenau and in Krakow. The delegation then toured Israel and met with officials before celebrating the 70th anniversary of Israel’s founding on Yom HaAtzmaut in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

 

Read the AZM Press Releases on the Delegation: 

  • Photo Release: Visiting UN Ambassadors Meet Rivlin & Netanyahu on Independence Day April 19, 2018 | View Photo & Caption
  • Forty UN Ambassadors Visting Israel During 70th Anniversary April 17, 2018 | Read Full Text
  • UN Ambassadors Visit Auschwitz on Yom HaShoah with AZM Diplomatic Delegation April 12, 2018  | Read Full Text

 

Read some of the Media Coverage on the

Diplomatic Mission: 

 

  • FORTY U.N. AMBASSADORS BRING IN ISRAEL’S 70TH ANNIVERSARY  Led by UN Ambassador Danny Danon, 40 ambassadors from Europe, Latin America and Africa participated in an event held at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem. (Jerusalem Post > Israel’s 70th anniversary) April 20, 2018 | Read Full Text
  • Forty UN Ambassadors Visiting Israel During 70th Anniversary (Jewish Press) April 20, 2018 | Read Full Text
  • UN Ambassadors visit Israel as part of largest delegation ever (Ynet News) April 18, 2018 | Read Full Text
  • 40 Ambassadors to the United Nations visit Israel (Times of Israel) April 18, 2018 | Read Full Text
  • 40 UN Ambassadors visit Israel as nation celebrates 70th anniversary (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) April 18, 2018 | Read Full Text
  • Forty UN Ambassadors Tour Israel, Meet Pols During 70th Anniversary Celebrations (The Algemeiner) April 18, 2018 | Read Full Text
  • Forty UN ambassadors tour Israel, meet pols during 70th-anniversary celebrations (Jewish News Service) April 17, 2018 | Read Full Text
  • 40 UN Ambassadors Tour Israel (Five Towns Jewish Times) April 17, 2018 | Read Full Text
  • Diary from the 30th March of the Living (JPost) April 14, 2018 | Read Full Text
  • UN Ambassadors Join ‘March of the Living’ at Auschwitz (Breaking Israel News) April 14, 2018 | Read Full Text
  • UN ambassadors visit Auschwitz on Holocaust Remembrance Day (Jewish News Service) April 12, 2018 | Read Full Text (JewishWebsite) Read Full Text
  • UN ambassadors visit Auschwitz- On Holocaust Remembrance Day, the American Zionist Movement brings UN ambassadors to Auschwitz (Arutz Sheva) April 12, 2018 | Read Full Text
  • Led by Israel’s President Rivlin, thousands attend March of Living in Poland (The Times of Israel) April 12, 2018 | Read Full Text
  • Thirty years of the March of the Living (The John Batchelor Show) Featuring Monica Crowley, Malcolm Hoenlein and AZM President Richard D. Heideman; April 12, 2018 | Read Full Text

 

Members of the Diplomatic delegation at Auschwitz

Members of the Diplomatic delegation at the Western Wall (Kotel)

Members of the Diplomatic delegation in Jerusalem

 

 

 

 

Letter from the Prime Minister of Israel

 

We are pleased to share with you the following message from Prime Minister Netanyahu:

 

UN Ambassadors Visit Auschwitz on Yom HaShoah with AZM Diplomatic Delegation

Thursday, April 12, 2018

(Auschwitz-Birkenau, Poland):   Ambassadors to the United Nations from Africa, Europe and Latin America visited, Auschwitz-Birkenau the Nazi concentration camps, in Poland today and participated in the 30th annual March of the Living under the auspices of the American Zionist Movement (AZM).  The delegation, convened together with Ambassador Danny Danon, Israel’s Permanent Representatives to the UN, is part of a larger Diplomatic Mission of forty Ambassadors to the UN, who are visiting Poland this week and will be joining the delegation in Israel next week for Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day).

Richard D. Heideman, AZM President, said: “This Diplomatic Mission takes on great meaning in the year when we commemorate Israel’s 70th anniversary and just recently marked the important role of the UN Partition Resolution on November 29, 1947, an important day in our history.  As many remember the odious Zionism=Racism Resolution of the UN, the fact that Ambassadors to the UN are marching together in Poland and Israel under the auspices of The American Zionist Movement is especially significant. This delegation will gain a greater appreciation for Israel’s positive contributions, help improve Israel’s standing within the UN and help build greater ties for the Jewish people among diplomatic leaders from many nations.”

Ambassador Danny Danon said: “As we witness an increase in anti-Semitism around the world, and dangerous attempts to rewrite history, now more than ever we must ensure that the memories of the survivors pass on to the next generation.  By joining us on this meaningful march, UN ambassadors from around the world are speaking out against antisemitism and sending a message to all those who peddle in hatred.”

The delegation arrived in Krakow on Wednesday and toured the historic synagogues and Jewish Quarter and visited the Krakow Jewish Community Center.  They participated in a Yom HaShoah commemorative ceremony, which concluded with the singing of Hatikvah, the Israel national anthem, which was the song of the Zionist movement, now marking the 120th anniversary of its founding in Basel by Theodor Herzl. Leaders of the World Zionist Organization and American Forum For Israel, the organization for Russian American Jews, also joined the AZM group in Poland.  Players and officials of the Chelsea Football Club in the United Kingdom, which has launched an initiative to raise awareness of anti-Semitism, also took part in the AZM delegation.

 

The American Zionist Movement (AZM), comprised of 25 national Jewish Zionist organizations representing millions of Americans in the World Zionist Organization, works across a broad ideological, political and religious spectrum linking the American Jewish community together in support of Israel, Zionism and the Jewish People

 

 

Photo Release: Visiting UN Ambassadors Meet Rivlin & Netanyahu on Independence Day

For Immediate Release (photo below)
Thursday, April 19, 2018, Jerusalem
Contact:   Herbert Block

Photo Caption:  A delegation of forty UN Ambassadors concluded their week-long visit in Israel today with a meeting with President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a diplomatic reception to celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut, (Independence Day) at Beit HaHassi, the President’s Residence in Jerusalem.  The Ambassadors celebrated Israel’s 70th anniversary on a visit hosted by the American Zionist Movement together with Ambassador Danny Danon, Israel’s Permanent Representative to the UN.

Forty UN Ambassadors Visiting Israel During 70th Anniversary

 
For Immediate Release    (photo below)
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Contact:   Herbert Block
 

Forty UN Ambassadors Visiting Israel During 70th Anniversary

(Jerusalem, Israel):   Forty Ambassadors to the United Nations, from a quarter of the countries with which Israel has diplomatic relations, are visiting Israel this week on a delegation organized by The American Zionist Movement in cooperation with Ambassador Danny Danon, Israel’s Permanent Representative to the UN.

The Ambassadors, who hail from Africa, Asia-Pacific, the Caribbean, Europe and Latin America, covering all UN Regional Groups, are meeting government officials, touring historical, religious and strategic sites and participating in events to commemorate Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the nation.

Richard D. Heideman, AZM President, said: “Seventy years after the United Nations played a key role in the founding of the State of Israel, it is significant that so many foreign Ambassadors to UN are visiting Israel to see firsthand the history and accomplishments of the country.  By being in Israel these diplomats will gain a greater appreciation for the threats and challenges which Israel faces daily, as well as an understanding of the importance of the country to the Jewish people and to all its inhabitants.  At a time when UNESCO denies the Jewish connection to Jerusalem it is important that the Ambassadors have seen the Jewish history of the city as well as the respect accorded to all faiths by Israel. Israel’s commitment to protecting access to the Holy Places and respect for people of all religions is exemplary and noteworthy to the Ambassadors.”

Ambassador Danny Danon said: “As we celebrate seventy years to our independence, it is heartening to be joined by senior representatives of so many countries from around the world. While Israel faces many challenges at the UN, we also know that we have many friends, and that this number continues to grow as more and more countries come to appreciate our beautiful thriving country and the contributions that we make to the international community.”

The delegation has met with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, Opposition Leader Isaac Herzog, Minister Tzachi Hanegbi and visited the Western Wall, City of David and Masada.  They will be visiting towns on the Gaza Border, Yad Vashem, Christian holy sites, and meeting other senior national officials.  Last week Ambassadors on this AZM Diplomatic Mission participated in the 30th annual March of the Living in Poland in Krakow and in Auschwitz-Birkenau.

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Jerusalem, April 16, 2018:  Delegation of Ambassadors to the UN, visit the Kotel (Western Wall) together with Ambassador Danny Danon, Israel’s Permanent Representatives to the UN and Richard D. Heideman, President of the American Zionist Movement.

 

The American Zionist Movement (AZM), comprised of 25 national Jewish Zionist organizations representing millions of Americans in the World Zionist Organization, works across a broad ideological, political and religious spectrum linking the American Jewish community together in support of Israel, Zionism and the Jewish People