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Leaders gather in NYC to mark the birth of a movement.

At a time when Zionism has been criticized by the alt-right and far-left, nearly 100 representatives of Jewish and pro-Israel organizations gathered Monday, under the auspices of the American Zionist Movement (AZM), to mark 120 years since the global Zionist movement was founded.

Since August 29-31 is the 120th anniversary of Theodor Herzl’s convening of the First Zionist Congress in 1897 in Basel, Switzerland, this event was held at the site of the official Theodor Herzl Memorial, located in Freedom Square Park in Queens.

“In recent weeks, as we have seen Zionism attacked from Richard Spencer to the Chicago March, it is important that Zionists of all backgrounds come together in our united support for the state of Israel,” said Richard D. Heideman, AZM president, and Herbert Block, AZM executive director. “That is what we did today as we marked the occasion when Herzl first brought together a broad coalition of Zionists to build the movement which would lead to the establishment of a Jewish state in our ancestral land.

“Today Zionism is very much alive as we connect Jews worldwide with our homeland and as we continue to support the vibrant democracy, culture and contributions of Israel and the Jewish people.”


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