Moving Zionism Forward: A Conversation with the President of the American Zionist Movement


In a New York City bookstore in Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood, far-left, self-described “radicals” gather to discuss “Freedom-Fighting Under State Repression.” Contempt for everything from Israel and America to capitalism and law enforcement dominate the conversation. But the most caustic rhetoric is reserved for redefining Zionism.

The movement for the return of the Jewish people to their homeland is a racist and genocidal enterprise according to these the speakers who fancy themselves part of a unifying force that brings “social and economic justice” groups together. What took place on this spring evening is a form of anti-Semitism that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. warned about decades ago, declaring, “When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews. You’re talking anti-Semitism!”

This past week, Jews around the world celebrated the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. Those who understand that human rights are at the core of Zionism also understand that Israel’s victory in the Six-Day War safeguarded access to holy sites not only for Jews but for people of all faiths.

But as we have seen in Brooklyn, on college campuses, at the United Nations and in progressive political circles, the reunification of Jerusalem is but another chapter in the campaign to redefine Zionism and delegitimize the Jewish state.

One of the more prominent figures opposing the history revisionists is Richard D. Heideman, a Washington D.C. attorney and President of the American Zionist Movement.

An affiliate of the World Zionist Organization, AZM serves as an umbrella organization on behalf of 25 Zionist organizations in the United States.

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