The Zionist Idea
The Zionist Idea, a feature documentary funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, looks at the story of Zionism, one of the most influential and controversial political ideologies of the modern era. Amidst the fierce, often lethal controversy, Zionism is little understood and its meanings often distorted..
Zionists believed that a Jewish nation would bring normalcy to Jews, an end to centuries of anti-Semitism and persecution, and ultimately lead to acceptance. But, early on Zionists faced opposition from Palestine's majority of Arab inhabitants, who saw Zionism as a form of colonialism, depriving them of their own national rights. The result was conflict and bloodshed.
The creation of the State of Israel in 1948 has lead to an almost continual state of war between Jews, Palestinians and other Arab nations. Now more than ever, the Middle East plays a central role in world politics and the conflict between Arabs and Jews continues to threaten not only the stability of the region, but the globe. The film, featuring voices both pro and con, explores the Zionist idea, its past and its future, so that this crucial modern political force can be understood in all its complexity