Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland
The Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland, also known as the British Zionist Federation or simply the Zionist Federation (ZF), is an umbrella organisation for the Zionist movement in the United Kingdom, representing more than 30 organisations and over 50,000 affiliated members. It was established in 1899 to campaign for a permanent homeland for the Jewish people.
The organisation was established in 1899 to campaign for a permanent homeland for the Jewish people.
In 1917, the British Foreign Secretary Sir Arthur Balfour communicated the Balfour Declaration to the leader of United Kingdom's Jewish community Lord Rothschild for transmission to the Zionist Federation.
Aims and objectives
It describes itself as "the UK's leading Israel advocacy and grassroots organisation" which "celebrates Israel and challenges our enemies."
Among its aims and objectives are to:
- Support, co-ordinate and facilitate the work of all its affiliates nationwide, and to continue its commitment to the Zionist youth movements.
- Encourage the participation of Jews in Zionist activities, including education, culture, Hebrew language and Israel information, underpinned by the belief that the main goal of Zionism is Aliyah.
Structure and personnel
The Zionist Federation is an umbrella organisation encompassing most of the Zionist organizations and individuals in the country and, as such, represents the Zionist movement in the United Kingdom.
As of October 2012, the chairman is Paul Charney.
- David Lindo Alexander
- Federation of Zionist Youth
- Habonim Dror
- Jewish Labour Movement
- Israel lobby in the United Kingdom
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- Official website
- Official profiles, on YouTube and Twitter
- Zionist Year Book, by Arthur Saul and Zionist Federation Of Great Britain and Ireland Super