News Brief 7/19/2011, Tammuz 17, 5771
'Chabad is Zionist'
The Chabad chassidic movement is Zionist in the practical sense of the word, Chabad movement spokesman Rabbi Menachem Brod said Tuesday in an interview with Arutz Sheva. “If the definition of 'Zionism' is detachment from Jewish roots and becoming a nation like any other, we oppose that and so did all the great Torah leaders. But if Zionism is about loving the land, about national security, settling the land, then Chabad definitely supports those important activities,” he declared.
Rabbi Brod was responding to criticism from the Reform-movement-affiliated group Hiddush, which attempted to persuade MKs to call off a Knesset event honoring Chabad for its work in the former Soviet Union. Hiddush argued that the Knesset should not support Chabad because it is “anti-Zionist.”
No MKs responded to the appeal, and the event was held as scheduled.