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Organizers: Part I: Jewish Politics
By Sarah Kronenberg - January 11, 2009


David and Golda in the Knesset
The story of the Jewish people is also one about how they organized themselves politically in order to survive and eventually to return and reclaim their ancient homeland after thousands of years. This doesn’t mean political parties, that would come later, and some of the people we will introduce you to belong to political parties and have strong political beliefs. In order to fulfill their mission they needed dreamers, builders, fighters, supporters and advocates. Here are some of their stories.

The dreamers were the Zionists who inspired by the freedoms of the Age of Enlightenment in Europe yet fearful that the attacks against their people would resume at any time decided to try and make their lifelong dream a reality. They organized themselves into a single voice that persuaded political powers and financiers to support their mission. They laid the foundation for others to follow in finally creating an independent Jewish state.

The builders were called kibbutzniks and they developed one of the more interesting models of living that helped take Zionism out of Europe and literally into the fields of Palestine. The kibbutz was a form of collective community based on agriculture that allowed small groups of Jews to build viable communities all over their new homeland. Although many of them were not overtly religious they were very proud of their Jewishness and they ensured that their cooperative style of living also included respect and honour for Jewish customs and traditions.

As the Jewish settlers in Palestine grew in numbers so too did the threats against them. They would need fighters to protect them and their property.
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