Yom Haaztmaut Israeli flag 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Let’s be honest: for Jews in the West, and especially in America, Zionism has never been directly about them. For most , being a Zionist means supporting the State of Israel. In the best case scenario, this translates into donating money to Israeli causes, defending the Jewish state to wide-eyed neighbors, and lobbying the local congressman from time to time. But actually immigrating to the Jewish homeland is something else entirely. So in a sense, export Zionism is akin to being a cheerleader rather than a field player.
On My Mind: Preparing for the tsunamiFor these Jews, Zionism means ensuring a safe haven for those less fortunate Jews who suffer from anti-Semitism. Not feeling particularly threatened themselves, giving to Israel is essentially an altruistic act - they are giving on behalf of the greater good of the Jewish people.