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Zionism Unsettled: The Conversation Continues

The Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (USA) is pleased to announce that the congregational study document Zionism Unsettled: A Congregational Study Guide (ZU) is now available on our website. For those who wish to continue their study in depth, Zionism and the Quest for Justice in the Holy Land (ZQ), including a forward […]

The Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (USA) is pleased to announce that the congregational study document Zionism Unsettled: A Congregational Study Guide (ZU) is now available on our website.

For those who wish to continue their study in depth, Zionism and the Quest for Justice in the Holy Land (ZQ), including a forward by Walter Breuggemann, has been recently published by Pickwick Publications.   This book, upon which ZU is based, is available from Friends of Sabeel North America or through amazon.com in either print or electronic editions.

Those who are leading or taking classes using either ZU or ZQ may also be interested in a number articles that have appeared over the spring and summer about Zionism. Suddenly, the debate about Zionism has taken center stage within the American Jewish Community. Below are a few examples which may contribute to your conversations:

  • Anthony Lerman analyzes “The End of Liberal Zionism,” stating, “The only Zionism of any consequence today is xenophobic and exclusionary, a Jewish ethno-nationalism inspired by religious messianism.”
  • Israeli filmmaker Lia Tarachansky discusses her recent documentary entitled On the Side of the Road. She describes her process of socialization into Zionism and her struggle to free herself from the “collective amnesia” that allow Zionists to deny the suffering that Israel has inflicted on Palestinians for decades.  Tarachansky concludes that Israel needs help from the international community to delegitimize Zionism and recover from its collective denial of history.

Established by action of the 2004 General Assembly, the Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (USA) encourages congregations and presbytery mission committees, task groups and other entities, toward specific mission goals that will create currents of wider and deeper involvement with Israel/Palestine.