I think a BIG part of making Zionism a positive word needs to be the active 'deblanching' of it. Look at the contrast between how liberal Israel has been in welcoming the return of the Russian Jews, many of whom are non-observant and/or married to non-Jews (also welcomed with open arms) and the magnifying glass under which the Ethiopians, nearly all of whom are observant and have remained so under sporadic persecution, have been put.
Israel needs to stop
behaving like a transplanted Anatevka (Btw, is there a Mizrahi version
of Anatevka?) and give more credit to the claims of Jews or, to use the
broader term, Hebrews or Israelites of color such as the Lemba and the
Igbo. Already the Bnei Menashe are returning from Assam in India; let
the Israeli government seek out and encourage other hidden Hebrews to
And here's something for both all of African
and/or Hebrew heritage in the Americas to mull over: let's suppose the
Igbo, who number 32 million strong in Nigeria with God knows (literally)
how many cousins from Toronto to Buenos Aires, are indeed Israelites.
Doth not the mind boggle at how many of Am Yisrael the world might now
have?! I'm willing to bet a hefty percentage of the 11 million of human
cargo brought to the Americas were Igbo and that their descendants in
the Americas might well number more than those still in Nigeria!
Israel is the first resurrected indigenous nation of the world, but it
needs to work on being the herald for the resurrection of other
indigenous nations, both in its home area and around the world! And part
of this needs to be a turning away from a hypocritical Europe still
caked with Israel's blood and towards other Asian countries such as
India, China and Japan.
Leave that internal Anatevka
behind, O Israel! Acquaint yourself with your offshoots of 'color' now
grown numerous and powerful and form bonds of brotherhood with them and
actively hold out the hope of resurrection to nations long suppressed
and repressed, for whom your God has appointed you the herald!