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AZM-WZO Anti-Zionism & Antisemitism Symposiums 2019


In November 2019 the American Zionist Movement (AZM) convened a series of symposiums on “Anti-Zionism & Antisemitism”, arranged in partnership with the Global Center for Countering Antisemitism of the World Zionist Organization. These programs were held in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York City and featured presentations and discussions with prominent Zionist and Jewish community leaders, diplomats, and public officials. Hundreds attended the programs and thousands watched as they were live-streamed.

Below you can watch videos of each program and view event photos.

Richard D. Heideman, President of AZM said: “We are achieving an increased understanding that anti-Zionism and unwarranted criticism and singling out of the Jewish State of Israel are each indeed a form of Antisemitism. Fighting Antisemitism and anti-Zionism is our joint obligation and a matter of fighting for our survival and for the protection of our good name, our heritage and our rights as a global community.”


Tuesday November 19, The Embassy of Israel

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  • Israel Ambassador in the US Ron Dermer: It’s Ironic That People Believe Israel is the Cause of Antisemitism (Hamodia Newspaper) November 22, 2019 | Read Full Text
  • US Ambassador to the United States: Israel – the cure for world problems (Israel News Channel 20) November 20, 2019 | Read Full Text
  • ‘US declaration on Israeli settlements is a fatal blow to BDS’ (The Israel National News) November 20, 2019 | Read Full Text
  • WZO Vice Chairman: Israel-bashers are no different than anti-Semites (The Israel National News) November 20, 2019 | Read Full Text


  • Ambassador Ron Dermer, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States
  • Elan Carr, US Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating anti-Semitism
  • Yaakov Hagoel, Vice Chairman, World Zionist Organization
  • Richard D. Heideman, President, American Zionist Movement
  • Alyza Lewin, The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law
  • Deborah Lipstadt, Professor of Holocaust Studies at Emory University and author of “Antisemitism: Here and Now”
  • Carly Pildis, Director Of Grassroots Organizing, Zioness
  • Rabbi Stuart Weinblatt, Zionist Rabbinic Coalition, Congregation B’nai Tzedek


Monday November 18, National Museum of American Jewish History

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  • Yaakov Hagoel, World Zionist Organization
  • David Dormont, Partners for Progressive Israel
  • Abraham Gafni, Israel and World Jewry Affairs Committee, JCRC of Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
  • Rabbi Batya Glazer, JCRC of Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
  • Rebecca S. Harary, M.S., CASEPAC: Combat Antisemitism Everywhere
  • Morton Klein, Zionist Organization of America
  • Rabbi Daniel Levitt, Temple Hillel
  • Dr. Asaf Romirowsky, Scholars for Peace in the Middle East: SPME
  • Kevin Ross, Philadelphia Chapter, ZOA; Board Member, AZM
  • Rabbi David Teutsch, Center for Jewish Ethics and Wiener Professor Emeritus at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
  • Cobi Weissbach, Director of Development, National Museum of American Jewish History


Thursday November 14, Brotherhood Synagogue

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  • Yaakov Hagoel, World Zionist Organization
  • Dr. Francine Stein, American Zionist Movement
  • Ken Bob, Ameinu
  • Rabbi Steven Burg, Aish HaTorah
  • Brooke Goldstein, The Lawfare Project
  • Avi Gordon, Alumni for Campus Affairs
  • Dov Hikind, Americans Against Antisemitism
  • Mark Weitzman, Simon Wiesenthal Center
  • Brig. Gen. (Res.) Sima Vaknin-Gill, Israel Ministry of Strategic Affairs

2018 symposium

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