n. "A worldwide political movement that worked toward the establishment of a Jewish homeland" (JPS).
n. The belief that the Jewish people has the right to a Jewish state in the land of Israel.
"Arabs and Palestinians generally oppose Zionism, as the explicitly Jewish character of the Israeli state means that Jews have privileges that others don’t." (source)
Languages of Origin
Zion + -ism
- Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
- Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there
- Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)
- North America
- Great Britain
- South Africa
- Australia / New Zealand
- The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
Who Uses This
See also Zionist.
Definitions of Zionism vary widely.
The Jewish English Lexicon is not a political entity, and this entry is purely meant to be a description of how Zionism is defined, not how the Jewish English Lexicon or any of the people working on it think it should be defined.
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