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September 5, 2015 9:30 am

French Jews Advised Not to Use Word Zionism in Conversation With Non-Jews

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Stanley Greenberg, a prominent American political strategist from the United States, advised representatives of French Jewry to avoid mentioning Zionism when speaking to non-Jews.

Zionism “is seen as extremist and a force mainly in Israel, rather than Europe. Use of the term links your spokespeople to what is seen as an external conflict,” Greenberg, who has advised the campaigns of Bill Clinton and John Kerry, wrote in July to Robert Ejnes, the executive director of the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish communities.

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  • Nachum Sorkin

    Not mention Zionism? The truth may, in the short run, be a tactical error; never in the long term. It is because of Zionism that, since the establishment of the State of Israel, there has never been a Jewish refugee problem. Look at the crisis facing Syrians and others–look at the Arab and European response. Would that the values that underlie Zionism–that there must be a refuge for Jews, a place that Jews of whatever background, religious orientation (or lack of one), whatever financial status, a place for all Jews to find not only sanctuary, but a place in which they can express a Judaism that suits them, a place in which their creativity, energy and talents can find a place to grow.
    It may be the world’s responsibility to address the current refugee crisis, it surely should start with their Muslim ‘brothers’. Surely among the Muslim states there are funds and lands that could serve.
    Maybe the world ought to see that Zionism is not, in fact, a negative ideology, but one that is positive and can serve as a model for others to emulate.
    Not speak of Zionism! On the contrary speak of it, celebrate its triumphs and suggest it as a model for others. Many will disagree, but some may hear and understand an alternative to the vision of Zionism which the Muslims paint.

  • Vittorio

    It won’t help. Just as it didn’t help the Jews who even converted before WW2. The French Jewish leaders need to come up with a plan together with Israeli government for an orderly and maximum successful organized effort for all French Jews who want to to leave and integrate in Israel. If anyone doesn’t want to go to Israel & can go elsewhere, they should. Those foolish enough to stay in France, will have to take care of themselves when time comes.

  • A Sanders

    I dont agree. We should be able to use any words or description we want. Holocaust deniers, Anti Semites and other racist appear to be able to say what ever they want especially when kit comes to Jews and or Israel. The world should wake up to the fact that Israel/Zionism is the only democratic state in the Middle East. Israel and its supporters should do more to educate the rest of the worlds to this fact.

  • Robert.Weintraub

    Why waste your time talking to people who are offended by the idea of a Jewish homeland?

  • rbockman

    I can only assume that Stanley Greenberg is the sort who would’ve gained weight in a concentration camp.

  • Emanuel

    Are you that ignorant? you think the antisemitism is caused by Jews speaking the word “zionism” publicly? you are way overpaid and over-appreciated that is a joke.