If you’re busy on social media and belong to a political or conspiracy group on Facebook, you might see the term Zionism thrown around a bit, sometimes not in a positive way.
According to the Jewish Virtual Library: “The term Zionism was coined in 1890 by Nathan Birnbaum. Its general definition means the national movement for the return of the Jewish people to their homeland, and the resumption of Jewish sovereignty in the Land of Israel”.
The above video is pretty much an introduction to what Zionism is and where it originated from. It’s a bare bones look at the subject, but it’s interesting if you don’t know much about what what Zionism is.
Just don’t expect any great insight into the Palestine issue.
Or how Zionism may be viewed by non-Jews in the Middle East.
That in itself is a divisive can of worms and a bit beyond the brief of this post.
But interestingly enough, there are some Jews who oppose the state of Israel and Zionism. Typically, they’re Orthodox Jews, and some of them recently protested in the U.S. against Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s address to the U.S. Congress.