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    • Stephen Hoffman
    • 13.03.13 | 11:14 (IST)

    Perhaps Yachad should spend less time criticising the ZF and spend more time concentrating on their own work. At present Yachad seems fixated on the ZF and whatever the rights and wrong of both organisation's, Yachad spending so much time on this is quite simply counterproductive and a waste of time. They should follow the ZF's lead and concentrate on their own work. As someone who supports the two state solution, considers himself a liberal Zionist and a supporter of the ZF, I do not find these views incompatible with my support of the ZF. Indeed, the ZF contains member organisations like Meretz and Pro Zion on the left of the political spectrum and it does not shut down debate on Zionism as the wide variety of views on Zionism all its members have can testify. Neither is Yachad a special case. Herut, a right wing Zionist organisation was at the first stage rejected in a democratic national council vote, just like Yachad. They then re-applied after six months and were successful. Yachad can do exactly the same. Therefore to say that the ZF is closing the doors on liberal Zionists including myself is simply untrue. The ZF does some amazing work countering delegitimisation attempts in the UK, and is at the forefront of countering the BDS movement. I'd love to see Yachad work with them in these areas, realising the ZF does great work in this, rather then concentrating its energies on petty disputes.

    from the article: British gatekeepers of Zionism have shut the door on liberal Zionists
    First published 17:19 12.03.13 | Last updated 17:19 12.03.13
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