The Zionist Conversion of Louis D. Brandeis

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The Zionist Conversion of Louis D. Brandeis

Although it has been a necessity of Jewish consciousness to think that the rise of a modern political Zionist movement can be blamed to the aggressive anti-Semitism suffered by the European Jews, this does not provide an adequate explanation. The entire history of the Jews can be defined by the way in which they suffered persecution under the brutal hands of others, proving that anti-Semitism was not a rare occurrence unique to the Jews of the nineteenth century. Therefore, this whole idea of Zionism being created to retaliate against anti-Semitism gives out the wrong message to the world and especially to the Jewish community. The Zionist movement gave the movement “a chance to secure Theodore Herzl’s dream—international sanction of a Jewish homeland in Palestine” (p. 515). Thus, the discovery of the transformation of the Jewish world instead of the development of the modern world as we know it is crucial to the understanding of the maturity of Zionism and the Zionist conversion of Louis D. Brandeis.
Ever since the Six-Day War of 1967 the support for the State of Israel became such an important factor. Yet, more important however to the American Jewish community, because ever since the 1900 until after World War I, the demand to Americanize was at an all time high. Therefore everyone, including Jews and non-Jews were expected and forced to abandon any ethnic alliances or traditions in order support and stand up for America. This therefore constructed more of a burden to the Jewish Americans since they were expected to support their Holy Land of Israel and at the same time America was forcing all American citizens to support America and leave their ethnicity behind. For that reason both Jews and non-Jews acknowledged Zionism and joined the Zionist movement at that point in time as a way of not only showing loyalty to…...

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