The Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland was established in 1899 to campaign for a permanent homeland for the Jewish people. It functions to support, co-ordinate and facilitate the work of all its affiliates nationwide, including the Zionist youth movements, which it helped found. It aims to 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. The Zionist Federation is an umbrella organisation encompassing most of the Zionist organisations and individuals in Britain and, as such, represents the Zionist movement in the United Kingdom.
The Zionist Federation has taken on the modern role of making Israel part of the life of every Jew. This is done by coordinating the central national Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration, organising seminars in Israel, arranging lectures and conferences to address contemporary issues, having monthly Hebrew discussion groups, supporting Zionist youth and young leadership and producing publications.
“Prejudice and barriers do exist against Arabs, leading to a situation where minorities are consistently over-represented at the bottom of any kind of social-economic analysis. There is nothing to be afraid of in admitting this.”
Paul Charney, Chairman, Zionist Federation
23 June 2014
The Jewish Chronicle covered the Zionist Federation's recent decision to join the Task Force coalition with a news article from Marcus Dysch and Op-ed by