Dr. Noam Zadoff, Assistant Professor at the Department of Contemporary History at the University of Innsbruck, talked about the Zionist movement, which was founded in Europe at the end of the 19th century, its development as well as changes of different Zionist ideologies.
The online lecture was moderated by Dr. Eric Burton from the Department of Contemporary History at the University of Innsbruck.
The Zionist movement was founded in Europe at the end of the 19th century. Its goal was to solve the so-called "Jewish question" by defining Judaism as a nation (and not a religion). By returning to the land of origin, the land of Israel/Palestine, various "Zionist thinkers" wanted to redeem the Jewish people from their "abnormal" existence in exile, and unite the Jewish Diaspora into a "normal" nation, equal to all other nations.
With the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, the political goal of Zionism was achieved. However, emotionally and intellectually, the Zionist ideology remained as a central part of Israeli society. At the same time, after 1948, Zionism was forced to change and seek new goals.
In Dr. Zadoff's lecture, the process of fulfilling the "Zionist dream" was analyzed through the examples of various Zionist ideologies.
AIANI wants to thank Dr. Zadoff, Dr. Burton and all participants for a very interesting evening event.
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