from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A Jewish movement that arose in the late 19th century in response to growing anti-Semitism and sought to reestablish a Jewish homeland in Palestine. Modern Zionism is concerned with the support and development of the state of Israel.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The Jewish national liberation movement which proclaims that the Jewish people constitute a nation and are entitled their national homeland.
- n. 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.
- n. 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Among the Jews, a theory, plan, or movement for colonizing their own race in Palestine, the land of Zion, or, if that is impracticable, elsewhere, either for religious or nationalizing purposes; -- called also Zion movement.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The latest national movement of the Jews which has for its object “the creation of a home secured by public rights, for those Jews who either cannot or will not be assimilated in the country of their adoption.” (Herzl.)
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a policy for establishing and developing a national homeland for Jews in Palestine
- n. a movement of world Jewry that arose late in the 19th century with the aim of creating a Jewish state in Palestine
Invariably, the term Zionism is perceived decidedly negative.
KALL: Well, I see the use of the term Zionism as a way to hide behind anti-Semitism very frequently.
He doesn't think it's necessary, anyway, because he thinks the term Zionism already fills that slot.
The term Zionism here applies to a modern political movement.
· The rationale about liking Israel but not liking Zionism is code for anti-Jewish feeling
The term Zionism was, however, conceived by Nathan Birnbaum in 1885.
The word Zionism is very closely connected to Jews.
ELDER: Well, the fact that Barack Obama never heard it doesn't mean that Jeremiah Wright does not condemn what he called Zionism and basically equated to racism.
So might the others, generally from the left, who, when cross-examined about their opposition to what they call Zionism, reveal a dark and visceral loathing of Jews.
M r Chaffey thank you for your polite response from which I perceive your intentions are good, but obviously there are points on which we disagree - my main point was the term Zionism on most occasions is used in a derogatory way and by people who have no idea of its meaning and to insult (I exclude you) - the people are not a group and never were ones that wished to exclude anyone - they were just human beings in most cases persecuted who wished to live in a state of Israel in freedom.