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Zionism

Definition

Hashomer Hatzair’s Zionism stems from the belief that all peoples deserve a right to self-determination, and that Israel is the expression of Jewish self-determination. The Jewish homeland should be a safe haven for all Jews and the centre where Jewish culture and identity can flourish.

Our vision is to create and maintain a self-critical balance between a socialist, Jewish society and a pluralistic, democratic and secular state that ensures social justice for all.

Our Zionism consists of a mutual relationship between Israel and the Diaspora, including dialogue and criticism.

As a Zionist movement we believe that we have a big responsibility to contribute to Aliyah by educating our Chanichim to make a conscious and personal choice about it.

 

 

Educational Practice

Hashomer Hatzair educates its chanichim/ot to have a base of knowledge in order to understand Israel today, its heritage and the relevance of their connection to it. Programs need to include dialogue that is done under a pluralist and critical viewpoint.

We encourage long-term stays and programs in Israel that are relevant to the movement’s ideology. We educate our chanichim about aliya and help them on a path to make a conscious and personal choice for their future.

The Shomer needs to actively express his opinion in matters related to Israel.