The Political World of American Zionism

By Samuel Halperin | Go to book overview

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zionist counterpropaganda: the case of the american council for judaism

We have seen that in its arduous half-century struggle for a Jewish state, the American Zionist movement was able to win effective support from other groups, Jewish and nonJewish, only in the face of intense opposition from numerous and often powerful interests. Despite this opposition, however, some type of working alliance with the expanding Zionist movement was the end-product of virtually every Zionist encounter with American "non-believers." Thus far I have traced Zionist efforts to mobilize organized support through a variety of traditional forms: winning over existent associations like labor and church groups, forming new ones like the United Jewish Appeal and American Christian Palestine Committee, and utilizing a broad range of propaganda appeals, techniques and media in order to attract unorganized or uncommitted Jewish and non-Jewish support.

This chapter will deal with the manner in which Zionists further built up and solidified group support by exploiting a conflict with the only persistent organized anti-Zionist interest group in the community -- the American Council for Judaism. Specifically, we shall observe the nature of a group which rejected the Zionist program, the manner in which Zionists combatted this group, and the probable effects of organized anti-Zionist opposition on the realization of basic American Zionist goals.

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