Diaspora Zionism ציונות תפוצתי
Electronic Individualism Meets Minyan Collectivism • June 19, 2002
Precis: Decision making in today’s world is a process connected to “culture”. Our generation has new tools which enable alternative modalities for influence, identity, leadership and cultural participation. This will assist us in Zionism’s current goal: building a modern Hebrew democratic society at the core of a worldwide Jewish civilization.
When I hear the phrase, “Zionist decision making process”, it carries connotations of bureaucratic decision-making, resolutions passed at congresses, and so forth. This is a process, that, to be honest, barely influences, or even attracts the interest, of most Jews in Israel or the Gola. But there is a more important Zionist decision making process that is happening every day – cultural decision making: what do I choose to think about? what phrases do I choose to incorporate into my language? what do I talk about with my friends? what decisions do I make with respect to a thousand questions, from what to read, to what to talk about with my children. These decisions, these cultural decisions, are small but important, and they are not made every four years by delegates; they are made everyday, by everybody.
13 Principles of 21st century Zionism: Worldwide Jewish Civilization with Israel at its heart • Yom HaAtzmaut/ Lag Ba’Omer 2005
New energy. מנה עם חריף. Renovate worn out Zionist institutions. Mobilize the Israeli Diaspora. Engage in spirit-of-the-age projects. Fix the democratic deficit. Increase connectedness. Reawaken Zionism’s original spirit.
New leadership. בחו"ל אך בפנים.We are Canadian. Israeli. Hybrid. Global. We’ll pioneer new models. Unite around common goals, not common enemies. Provide leadership of ideas for the Jewish people.
CAUT’s censure calls on third parties, such as former Governor General Michaelle Jean, to boycott University of Toronto until “the violation is addressed” and presumably the hiring decision regarding Azarova is reversed.
It seems that, notwithstanding the report of retired Supreme Court Justice Thomas Cromwell on the reasons for the non-hiring of Azarova, CAUT believes it was really due to pressure by the donor concerned about Azarova’s political positions on Israel. It seems equally clear CAUT wants the law school to reverse its decision and hire Azarova, not in spite of, but because of those political positions. If U of T is pressured by CAUT’s censorial boycott into choosing as IHRP’s executive director the candidate whose political views on Israel CAUT approves, is the fundamental principle of academic freedom really being upheld?
I write this urgent letter as a Canadian Jewish friend, to explain and remind you that the annexation proposed by Bibi Netanyahu, arising out of President Trump’s “Deal of the Century” plan, would be a disaster from the point of view of North American Jews.
I am not qualified to comment on the costs and benefits of Annexation from the point of view of the half of the Jewish people who live in Israel – the impact on relations with the Palestinians, neighboring Arab countries, with Europe and the rest of the world – of which you are aware.
But what you may NOT be aware of, and what I, as a strongly Zionist Diaspora Jew AM qualified to warn you of, is the disastrous consequences Annexation would have on the other half of the Jewish people – those who live outside of Israel and a particular who live in Canada and USA.