“The Zionist Minute” – the Social Media Platform and Campaign Changing Peoples’ Minds
From the time that Herzl proclaimed the Jewish People are “One Nation” deserving of a sovereign state, the vehicle of its manifestation, Zionism, has been both praised and vilified. Unfortunately, BDS and its brilliant manipulation of “Human Rights” and naive young adults has created a level of anti-Semitism via anti-Zionism that has reached deadly proportions. To many, non-Jews and Jews, to be a Zionist in 2020 is to be considered a Nazi, a racist, a genocidal maniac.
These vicious lies insults Jewish honor and self esteem, and has led to outright violence against Jews, and has even convinced young Jews to despise their identity and nationhood and turn their back on Israel, even attacking her. Jewish Lives are in danger. And maybe, even Jewish identity is in jeopardy. BDS has stripped the very essence and confidence of Jewish Youth.
Recently Rabbi Avi Schwartz, the son of the Palmach Commander, Mordechai Schwartz, who led 21 Palmach warriors in conquering Har Zion and rescuing 1,700 Jewish inhabitants from the Old City in 1948, and who walks in his Father’s footsteps in fighting for the Zionist dream of uplifting Jewish dignity, honor, and self worth, has created a new way to convey the beauty, majesty and moral truth of Zionism and its practitioners, in the form of “The Zionist Minute”. The concept is to show that Zionism is the platform for human rights which benefits all humanity, Jew and non-Jew; and that Zionism has enriched Palestinian Arabs as well.
Within a 60 to 120 second video message, famous intellectuals, personalities, celebrities such as Human Rights Icon, Natan Sharansky, Consulate General of Israel of Los Angeles, Hillel Newman (the first to jump start the campaign), legal giant, Alan Dershowitz, Talk/Radio Host Joshua Hasten, Holocaust Survivor Sami Steigmann and other well known intellectuals, personalities and celebrities have done a “Zionist Minute”; each presenting in their own unique way why Zionism is truly a Light unto the Nations. Yet what makes it even more thrilling is Palmach Commander, Mordechai Schwartz’s timeless message to the Jewish Youth of today and tomorrow. To actually hear and see a 1948 Youth convey the Spirit that made Israel is a treasure.
Within only three weeks of its launch on social media “The Zionist Minute” is reaching tens of thousands on facebook, twitter, and other social media platforms and is changing the perception of Zionism from one of evil to one of great social justice. What is so appealing to the young audiences is that they feel, hear and see the passion of such illustrious individuals and are introduced to knowledge, passion and insight they had thought was missing in Zionism – “Jewish/Zionism Lives Matter”
What always “blows their mind” is when they hear Holocaust Survivor Sami Steigmann presents his “Zionist Minute”. Thinking they will hear the same old narrative that Zionism and Israel is the result of the Holocaust, the young viewers are stunned to learn that Zionism is a dream of 4,000 years, a human rights struggle of 2,000 years and a reality of 72 years; a reality that assists all citizens of Israel, non-Jew and Jew, to achieve their human potential.
“The Zionist Minute” presented by such luminaries of human rights, social justice, professional excellence and name appeal truly confronts the youth of day, and even “old timers” , to reassess their negative and false notions of the greatest Human Rights movement, Zionism in the last 130 years, of modern times. Many viewers have changed their minds from negative to positive regarding the national liberation and civil rights movement of the Jewish People. And those who are new to the issues of Zionism are taught the truth, never allowing themselves to be poisoned by hate, lies, and deceit.
Needless to say, I am honored not only to write about the new social media platform, “The Zionist Minute” but even to be one of its presenters.
For Zionism, truly is the Light unto All the Nations and Peoples of the World.
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