Progressive Jews in the Diaspora, who have a strong sense of identity with the Holy Land and who do not always agree with everything that happens there, may wonder if there is anything that they can do to make a difference.
Fortunately, there is. ARZENU is the umbrella organization that allows our voice to be heard at the highest level of Israeli politics. ARZENU represents our views directly in the World Zionist Organization (WZO) and through its coalition partners – Meretz and Avodah (Labor) – in the Knesset.
At the recent ARZENU meeting in Jerusalem, delegates discussed the ARZENU position on resolutions that were to be taken, first to the coalition (faction) meeting with Meretz and Avodah, and then to the Zionist General Council (Va'ad HaPoel) for discussion and voting.
Delegates included constituent representatives from the USA, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada, Israel, the Netherlands, Australia, Germany, France and Austria.
ARZENU/ARZA delegates from all over the world celebrate at the end of the Zionist General Council with a copy of the final Resolutions
Here are the resolutions that were submitted by the coalition, calling on the Israeli government to:
A fifth resolution was passed calling on the World Zionist Organization to show full transparency and public accountability for the WZO budgetary activities and ensure that all allocations and donations are in full accordance with the principles of the WZO’s mission and Zionist principles.
ARZENU also had the opportunity to consider resolutions that were raised by other factions and political parties, propose their amendments and vote.
The meetings were a resounding success for ARZENU, as all the resolutions were adopted by the Council. This means that the WZO will take control of incoming funding from government and other sources and supervise its use without being dictated to by the funders as to how to allocate the funds. This will lead to more direct accountability and transparency.
This report was compiled by Paul Wilton of the newly-formed ARZA New Zealand.
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