Jerusalem ? 15th to 17th June, 2004, 26 ? 28th Sivan, 5764
1. The Jerusalem Program
Zionism, the national liberation movement of the Jewish people, brought about the establishment of the State of Israel, and views a Jewish, Zionist, democratic and secure State of Israel to be the expression of the common responsibility of the Jewish people for its continuity and future.
The foundations of Zionism are:
1. The unity of the Jewish people, its bond to its historic homeland Eretz Yisrael, and the centrality of the State of Israel and Jerusalem, its capital, in the life of the nation;
2. Aliyah from all countries and the effective integration of all immigrants into Israeli Society.
3. Strengthening Israel as a Jewish, Zionist and democratic state and shaping it as an exemplary society with a unique moral and spiritual character, marked by mutual respect for the multi-faceted Jewish people, rooted in the vision of the prophets, striving for peace and contributing to the betterment of the world.
4. Ensuring the future and the distinctiveness of the Jewish people by furthering Jewish, Hebrew and Zionist education, fostering spiritual and cultural values and teaching Hebrew as the national language;
5. Nurturing mutual Jewish responsibility, defending the rights of Jews as individuals and as a nation, representing the national Zionist interests of the Jewish people, and struggling against all manifestations of anti-Semitism;
6. Settling the country as an expression of practical Zionism.
5. Objectives of the WZO and the Role of the Zionist Federations in Their Fulfillment
Whereas the Zionist Federations constitute the primary arm of the World Zionist Organization in achieving its objectives throughout the world, and
Whereas the 34th Zionist Congress passed resolution #43 mandating
"that the Zionist Executive and the Presidium of the Zionist General Council establish a high-level Committee on the Status of the Zionist Federations with the participation of representatives of the Zionist Federations and with advice from other bodies, to explore the status of the Zionist Federations around the world, and develop an operative plan, including budgetary considerations, to raise their stature within Jewish communal life," and
Whereas the 34th Zionist Congress furthermore passed resolution #41, calling upon "the Zionist Executive to provide the necessary funding, beginning from January 1, 2002, to the Zionist Federations in order to better develop an organizational infrastructure that will operate more efficiently and will carry out Zionist and educational activities and projects, in accordance with the Jerusalem Program," and
Whereas the 34th Zionist Congress furthermore passed resolution #40, which mandated that the WZO Executive "provide a plan for the creation of territorial groupings alongside the ideological ones, to allow Zionist Federations to take their rightful place within the structure of the WZO. Said plan to be submitted to the first meeting of the Zionist General Council in 2003," and
Whereas no action has been taken regarding the implementation of Resolutions #40, #41, and #43 in any of these areas,
Be it hereby resolved that the Zionist Executive and the Presidium jointly facilitate the appointment by July 31, 2004, of a Task Force on the Status of the Zionist Federations, which will include among its members at least three heads of Zionist Federations. The said committee shall issue a report on it its findings and recommendations no later than four months after its establishment.
6. The elected representatives? obligation to Zionist General Council policy
The Zionist General Council resolves that all issues related to the Jewish Agency will be deliberated and agreed upon in advance within the appropriate institutions of the World Zionist Organization ? the Zionist Executive, the Zionist General Council and the Presidium of the Zionist General Council.
This resolution is binding for all elected representatives of the World Zionist Organization.
(*) Everything stated in this resolution proposal regarding elected office holders or position holders refers equally to men and women.
7. Elections in Israel
Whereas The delegates to the Zionist Congress in Israel are determined in
accordance with the results of the Knesset elections of the
Zionist political parties;
And whereas As a result of this process most Israeli citizens are detached from
the values, goals and activities of the Zionist movement;
And whereas Democratic elections are held for the World Zionist Congress in
all countries other than Israel;
It is hereby resolved:
A joint committee of the Zionist Executive and the Presidium of the Zionist General Council will be formed to deliberate on, study and prepare a detailed proposal. The committee will submit its proposals for deliberation at the next meeting of the Zionist General Council.
8. Membership Campaign
Whereas the World Zionist Organization is a global movement of the Jewish People dedicated to strengthening the bonds of peoplehood between Jews worldwide based on our shared culture, heritage and traditions; our common language and our homeland Israel; and
Whereas for many decades the WZO was strengthened by the broadbased popular involvement of individuals in the active life of the Zionist movement;
It is hereby decided that: The Zionist General Council of the WZO deems it a high priority to reinvigorate the connection of individual Zionists worldwide with the aims and objectives of the World Zionist Movement.
9. Status of the World Zionist Organization
The World Zionist Organization derives its authority from its historical role in the struggle to establish the State of Israel. This role was recognized in the status law and covenant between the Israeli government and the World Zionist Organization, and in the agreements between representatives of the communities and the federations, and the World Zionist Organization, which constitute the Jewish Agencx’s framework agreements.
And whereas the World Zionist Organization believes that its status,
authority and activity have been greatly impaired,
It is proposed that any additional changes to the existing agreements be deliberated in the World Zionist Organization before they become binding on the parties.
A think tank should be formed, to include experts from the academic world, which will initiate and lead an open, broad-based dialogue within the Jewish people, with emphasis on understanding complex contemporary realities.
10. Aliyah from all Countries
The 34th / 3 Zionist General Council has determined that in the 56th year of the State of Israel ? the sovereign Jewish state founded in our historical homeland on the principles of the Zionist vision ? the Zionist movement shall be committed to furthering the Zionist enterprise and working toward its realization, through the ingathering of exiles, the social, cultural, spiritual and economic absorption of immigrants, and the settling of immigrants in their homeland.
The Zionist General Council resolves to charge a joint committee of the Presidium of the Zionist General Council and the Zionist Executive to prepare a joint operating program with the Jewish Agency for Israel, making aliya in general, and aliya from Western countries in particular, the top priority for all branches of the Zionist movement.
11. Encouraging Aliyah from all Countries
The 34th Zionist General Council reaffirms that aliyah to Israel and immigrant absorption and settlement are among the highest priorities of the contemporary Zionist movement.
The Zionist General Council resolves to begin intensive activity aimed at encouraging, cultivating and assisting organizations, associations and institutions that are directly engaged in encouraging and organizing aliyah in general, and from Western countries in particular.
12. The Centenary of the Death of Dr Binyamin Zeev Herzl
The 34th /3 Zionist General Council resolves to charge the Zionist Executive and its representatives in the national institutions with the development of a public relations campaign in honor of the 100th anniversary of the death of Dr. Binyamin Ze’ev Herzl. In this campaign, Israeli flags will be placed in Jewish schools and educational institutions in the Diaspora.
The Zionist General Council calls for educational hasbara on the subject of the national flag and the State of Israel’s national symbol, the menorah in writing and through other electronic means.
13. Hebrew Language
The 34th /3 Zionist General Council views the strengthening of Jewish-Zionist education as the basis for inculcation and practical realization of Zionist ideology.
The Zionist General Council thus resolves that 5764-5765 (2004-2005), the 100th anniversary of the death of Dr. Binyamin Ze’ev Herzl z?l(1860-1904), the visionary of Zionism, shall be declared to be the year of Jewish-Zionist education and the year of the Hebrew language.
The Zionist General Council charges the Zionist Executive and its representatives in the Jewish Agency and in all of the national institutions with making Jewish-Zionist education, the teaching of Hebrew, and the centrality of the State of Israel in the educational experience as high priorities for the Zionist youth movements, schools and educational institutions throughout the Diaspora.
The Zionist General Council resolves to charge the Zionist Executive with re-establishing Hebrew language ulpanim, through the Zionist federations, in cooperation with the communal and educational leadership in each locality.
14. Involvement in Israeli Society
Whereas the nature of Israeli society, and the integration of olim into it, are major concerns of the Zionist movement, and
Whereas the 34th Zionist Congress passed a number of resolutions regarding these areas (#2 – #4, #71-#81), and
Whereas the World Zionist Organization currently has no mechanism for furthering the objectives of the above-noted resolutions, including those dealing with legislation in the Knesset,
Be it hereby resolved that the Zionist Executive and the Presidium of the ZGC jointly establish a Standing Committee on the Nature of Israeli Society that will, among other things, serve as the official lobby of the WZO regarding such matters specified in the above-noted resolutions, including the preservation of Israel as a Jewish Democratic State.
15. Fulfillment of the Zionist Congress resolution on youth and students
The Zionist General Council is distressed by the rate at which Zionist Congress resolutions are being implemented, and calls upon the Zionist Executive to immediately implement Resolution No. 67 of the 34th Zionist Congress, referred to as “Youth and Students?:
And whereas The Zionist Congress resolved to “place youth and students at the head of the World Zionist Organization agenda”?
The Congress issued guidelines for the implementation of these resolutions in its instruction in Article 67A, B and C.
A- The Zionist Executive shall implement the resolutions of the 33rd Zionist Congress relating to the “Hagshama and Young Generation Department,” youth movements and young people (including students),
B- The Zionist Executive shall give full backing and provide the resources necessary for the “Hagshama and Young Generation Department? to conduct and even to expand its activities,
C- The Zionist Executive shall make funds available to the Hagshama Department for the establishment of courses in Hadracha and Hasbara for students participating in any program (either religious or secular, and longer than one semester) in Israel, and for seminars in Jewish and Hebrew schools and for youth movement counselors in the Diaspora as well.
Consequently, the Zionist General Council must ensure that the Zionist Executive implements these instructions.
The 34th Zionist General Council resolves to reinstate the “Zionist shekel? as a source of budgetary funding.
The Zionist General Council charges a joint committee of the Presidium of the Zionist General Council and the Zionist Executive to submit, within three months, an operative plan detailing the means of purchasing “Zionist shekels” by individuals, groups, organizations and institutions.
The 34th Zionist General Council resolves to reinstate the “Zionist shekel? as a source of funding for special projects intended to promote Jewish-Zionist education and to settle new immigrant garinim.
The Zionist General Council charges a joint committee of the Presidium of the Zionist General Council and the Zionist Executive to submit, within three months, an operative plan detailing the means of purchasing “Zionist shekels” by individuals, groups, organizations and institutions, and the criteria for use of the "shekel" funds for special projects of the Zionist Movement.
17. The State of Israel ? agreement between the State of Israel and the World Zionist Organization
Whereas The State of Israel was established at the initiative of the Zionist
whereas The World Zionist Organization is currently responsible for activity
and relations with Diaspora Jewry, based on the Status Law and
Covenant signed by the State of Israel, and the World Zionist
Organization and the Jewish Agency;
It is hereby resolved:
The Zionist General Council calls for the formation of a team within the Zionist Executive, based on the existing balance of power within the Zionist Congress, to negotiate with the State of Israel for its support for the World Zionist Organization’s budget and its Diaspora activities.
18. Property of the World Zionist Organization
Whereas Property acquired up to 1971 in the name of the World Zionist
Organization or the Jewish Agency is World Zionist Organization
whereas Property acquired by Keren Hayesod up to 1989 in the name of Keren
Hayesod is also property of the World Zionist Organization; and,
whereas Keren Hayesod’s charter, up to the time of its amendment, recognized
the World Zionist Organization as Keren Hayesod’s controlling party;
whereas The Jewish Agencx’s 1971 restructuring agreement recognizes that
the World Zionist Organization acted as the Jewish Agency; and,
whereas The covenant between the State of Israel and the World Zionist
Organization, based on the World Zionist Organization
Status Law, recognizes that the World Zionist Organization until 1971
was also referred to as the Jewish Agency, and recognizes that Keren
Hayesod and the Jewish National Fund are funds belonging to the
World Zionist Organization until today;
It is hereby resolved:
Any sale or transfer of real estate belonging to the World Zionist Organization to any other party must be approved by the Zionist Executive.
Properties acquired by the World Zionist Organization and the Jewish Agency up to 1971 are the property of the World Zionist Organization, and properties acquired by Keren Hayesod up to 1989 are the property of the World Zionist Organization.
Any party other than the World Zionist Organization making use of WZO property for its own purposes and not for purposes of the World Zionist Organization shall be required to compensate the World Zionist Organization for an identical and index-linked sum.
Accurate and up-to-date information regarding the properties and their ownership shall be compiled by an external professional committee and brought up for deliberation before the permanent Budget and Finance Committee, which shall submit its recommendations for discussion and approval of the XXXIV/4 Zionist General Council.
19. The Struggle of the Zionist Federations Against Anti-Semitism
The spread of anti-Semitism in its new and old forms was addressed by Dr. Binyamin Ze’ev Herzl in his book The Jewish State: “The very impossibility of getting at the Jews nourishes and embitters hatred of them. Anti-Semitism increases day by day and hour by hour [?]? The founding of the State of Israel in Eretz Yisrael proved that the Jewish people cannot be vanquished.
The Zionist General Council resolves to charge the Zionist federations, in conjunction with the Jewish organizations, institutions and communities, with undertaking a world-wide campaign against anti-Semitism, and with allocating special resources for educational and public relations activity aimed at fighting anti-Semitism.
20. The Struggle Against anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism ? the World Zionist Federations as the Spearhead in the Battle against World Anti-Semitism
Whereas The Jewish Diaspora is the arena of anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist activity; and
Whereas Jewish and private institutions are the targets of violence on the part of various anti-Semitic groups; and
Whereas We, as the World Zionist Organization and as a Zionist, Jewish and democratic state, have a sense of responsibility and commitment toward the Jewish people in the Diaspora;
It is hereby resolved:
The Zionist General Council views the battle against incidents of anti-Semitism as a primary function of all Zionist federations.
The Zionist General Council calls upon the Zionist Executive to allocate to the Zionist federations the necessary resources from the World Zionist Organization budget, and from other sources, according to its executive decision.
The World Zionist Organization and the Zionist federations shall act, together with the State of Israel and other Jewish organizations active in the various countries, to fight against manifestations of racism, anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism, on behalf of the security of Jews wherever they may be.
Whereas The plague of anti-Semitism in its various forms includes synagogue burnings and the desecration of graves in Jewish cemeteries around the world;
The 34th Zionist General Council hereby resolves to charge the Presidium of the Zionist General Council with forming a sub-committee to address the following issues:
A. Collection and dissemination of up-to-date information on damage to synagogues and cemeteries;
B. Creation of channels of communication with the Diaspora communities, in order to stand by them and to demonstrate solidarity;
C. Consideration of the possibility of a volunteer organization to rehabilitate the desecrated graves;
Members of the Zionist General Council, gathered together for the world meeting of the World Zionist Organization in Jerusalem, June 2004.
Whereas Collective memory and the search for justice are historical values that have been preserved by the Jewish people over the thousands of years of its existence; and
Whereas The World Zionist Organization’s mission is to ensure the security of Jews around the world; and
Whereas The terrorist attacks on the Israeli embassy in Argentina and on the Buenos Aires Jewish community center constituted major attacks against the Jewish people in the Diaspora; and
Whereas 12 years have passed since the attack on the embassy and 10years since the AMIA attack, and the Argentinean justice authorities have thus far failed in their investigation of the incidents and in apprehending the parties responsible for them locally and abroad; and
Whereas Despite strong suspicions and existing facts, no determinations of responsibility have been made, whether at the local or the international levels, regarding persons, political organizations, terrorists and countries; and
Whereas There are suspicions of complicity and/or hampering of the investigation on the part of certain sectors of the Argentinean republic, with no results leading to the identification of perpetrators,
It is hereby resolved to call upon the Zionist Executive:
1 To add the 18th of July (the date of the attack on the Jewish community in Buenos Aires) to the Zionist calendar each year, as a day of public relations activity against anti-Semitism, and in remembrance of the victims of the attacks.
2- To dedicate this date to activity around the world to mark the terror attacks under the slogan, “Justice, justice you shall seek.”
3- To demand that both terrorist attacks be properly investigated, and that those responsible for them be arrested and brought to justice.