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ˈzaɪ əˌnɪz əmzion·ism

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Zionismnoun

    a policy for establishing and developing a national homeland for Jews in Palestine

  2. Zionism, Zionist movementnoun

    a movement of world Jewry that arose late in the 19th century with the aim of creating a Jewish state in Palestine


  1. Zionismnoun

    The Jewish national liberation movement which proclaims that the Jewish people constitute a nation and are entitled their national homeland.

  2. Zionismnoun

    A mentality that the lands west of the Jordan river belong in their entirety or majority to the people of the state of Israel or the Jewish often to the exception of other previous or coordinate inhabitants.

  3. Zionismnoun

    A religion practiced by people all over sub-Saharan Africa and is most popular in Swaziland. The religion is a mixture of Protestantism and animism.


  1. Zionism

    Zionism (Hebrew: צִיּוֹנוּת Tsiyyonut [tsijoˈnut] after Zion) is a nationalist movement that espouses the establishment of, and support for a homeland for the Jewish people centered in the area roughly corresponding to what is known in Jewish tradition as the Land of Israel, which corresponds in other terms to the region of Palestine, Canaan, or the Holy Land, on the basis of a long Jewish connection and attachment to that land.Modern Zionism emerged in the late 19th century in Central and Eastern Europe as a national revival movement, both in reaction to newer waves of antisemitism and as a response to Haskalah, or Jewish Enlightenment. Soon after this, most leaders of the movement associated the main goal with creating the desired homeland in Palestine, then an area controlled by the Ottoman Empire.From 1897 to 1948, the primary goal of the Zionist Movement was to establish the basis for a Jewish homeland in Palestine, and thereafter to consolidate it. In a unique variation of the principle of self-determination, the Zionist Movement viewed this process as an 'ingathering of exiles' (kibbutz galuyot) whereby Jews everywhere would have the right to emigrate to historical Palestine, as a haven from persecution, an area which Moses in the Bible stated was the land of their forefathers. Zionist ideology also included negation of Jewish life in the Diaspora. The Lovers of Zion united in 1884 and in 1897 the first Zionist congress was organized. A variety of Zionism, called cultural Zionism, founded and represented most prominently by Ahad Ha'am, fostered a secular vision of a Jewish "spiritual center" in Israel. Unlike Theodor Herzl, the founder of political Zionism, Ahad Ha'am strived for Israel to be "a Jewish State, and not merely a State of Jews". Others have theorized it as the realization of a socialist utopia (Moses Hess), as a need for survival in the face of social prejudices by the affirmation of self-determination (Leon Pinsker), as the fulfilment of individual rights and freedoms (Max Nordau) or as the foundation of a Hebrew humanism (Martin Buber). A religious Zionist supports Jews upholding their Jewish identity (defined as adherence to religious Judaism) and has advocated the return of the Jewish people to Israel. Since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, Zionism has continued primarily to advocate on behalf of Israel and to address threats to its continued existence and security.Advocates of Zionism view it as a national liberation movement for the repatriation of a persecuted people to its ancestral homeland. Anti-Zionists view it as a colonialist, racist or exceptionalist ideology or movement.


  1. zionism

    Zionism is a political and cultural movement that originated in the late 19th century, advocating for the reestablishment, development, and protection of a Jewish nation in what is now known as Israel. It was created as a response to anti-Semitism and persecution of Jews across Europe, with the idea that Jews should have their own state and homeland. The movement played a significant role in the founding of the State of Israel in 1948. It can also refer to contemporary efforts to support and defend the State of Israel.


  1. Zionism

    Zionism is a form of nationalism of Jews and Jewish culture that supports a Jewish nation state in the territory defined as the Land of Israel. Zionism supports Jews upholding their Jewish identity, opposes the assimilation of Jews into other societies and has advocated the return of Jews to Israel as a means for Jews to be a majority in their own nation, and to be liberated from antisemitic discrimination, exclusion, and persecution that had historically occurred in the diaspora. Zionism emerged in the late 19th century in central and eastern Europe as a national revival movement, and soon after this most leaders of the movement associated the main goal with creating the desired state in Palestine, then an area controlled by the Ottoman Empire. Since the establishment of the State of Israel, the Zionist movement continues primarily to advocate on behalf of the Jewish state and address threats to its continued existence and security. In a less common usage, the term may also refer to non-political, cultural Zionism, founded and represented most prominently by Ahad Ha'am; and political support for the State of Israel by non-Jews, as in Christian Zionism.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Zionism

    the name given a movement on the part of the Jews to re-establish themselves in Palestine as a nation.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of zionism in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of zionism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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  1. Julia Jassey:

    And they're entering these spaces like the campus, and they want to get involved in all of these organizations and movements. They want to fight for $ 15 minimum wage, they want to fight for universal health care. They want to push for the legalization of marijuana nationwide, but they're being forced to check their Zionism at the door -- any sense of Jewish peoplehood, they're being told to check it at the door.

  2. Tom Segev:

    Zionism has become an equivalent to patriotism.

  3. Kenneth Marcus:

    This was not a mere slip-up. It is symptomatic of a widespread failure with law enforcement to understand the problems of antisemitism and anti-Zionism.

  4. Benjamin Netanyahu:

    I put emphasis on markets to the East not because we want to give up on other markets. But we definitely want to reduce our dependence on certain markets in western Europe, western Europe is undergoing a wave of Islamisation, of anti-Semitism, and of anti-Zionism. It is awash in such waves, and we want to ensure that for years to come the State of Israel will have diverse markets all over the world.

  5. Rabbi Jair Melchior:

    People from Denmark move to Israel because they love Israel, because of Zionism. But not because of terrorism, if the way we deal with terror is to run somewhere else, we should all run to a deserted island.

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