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Zionist History  // Posts tagged as "Zionist History"

26 Jan Posted by | 2 comments

The Dreyfus Revival

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Herzl was wrong. Zionism did not put an end to anti-Semitism and now wildfires have sparked outrageous theories of an international Jewish conspiracy to take over southern Chile. When Theodor Herzl began covering the trial of Captain Alfred Dreyfus in 1893 as Paris correspondent of the Neue Freie Presse, he suspected that the French army officer charged with treason was guilty of the crime for which he’d been arrested. A devotee of the promises of Enlightenment and Emancipation, it was difficult for him to accept that the French republic – born of the belief in liberté, égalité and fraternité – was capable of fabricating the web of lies that would result in the public humiliation and imprisonment of a loyal French officer. Ultimately, however, the affair would have a dramatic effect in propelling him toward the conclusion that the Jews...

04 Nov Posted by | 1 comment

This Day in Zionist History: The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin

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“For Israel, there is no path that is without pain. But the path of peace is preferable to the path of war. I say this to you as one who was a military man, someone who is today Minister of Defense and sees the pain of the families of the IDF soldiers. For them, for our children, in my case for our grandchildren, I want this Government to exhaust every opening, every possibility, to promote and achieve a comprehensive peace.” Yitzhak Rabin spoke these words sixteen years ago. On November 4, 1995 (12 Cheshvan), Rabin, who was then the Prime Minister of Israel, was at a rally for peace in Tel Aviv. It seemed as though, thanks to his brave and bold moves towards peace and the advent of direct negotiations, peace would finally be achieved between the Israelis and...