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February 26, 2014

ZOA Still Alive And Kicking, Contrary to Scholarly Report

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The Zionist Organization of America is alive and well, contrary to a report of its demise from Samuel J. Kuruvilla, a scholar from India who received his Ph.D. in Political Theology at Exeter University in 2009.

In the glossary of his recent book, Radical Christianity in Palestine and Israel: Liberation and Theology in the Middle East (2013, I.B. Tauris) , Kuruvilla includes the following entry.

ZOA: Zionist Organization of America. Now defunct early Zionist lobbying organization in the US, superseded by influential lobbying groups like the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

The ZOA is "defunct"? Really? That’s news to us at Snapshots! Their website is operative and they have at least two twitter accounts that seem active (@Zoa_Campus and @ZOA_WestCoast). Being the careful researchers we are, the folks at Snapshots spoke with Morton Klein, ZOA’s president just to make sure that the organization he leads is um… still around.

“We’re very much alive,” he said and before enumerating the organization’s achievement which include establishing The ZOA Center for Law and Justice and increased campus activism. Klein has had articles published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal.

“Obviously, we’re very active and very much alive,” he said.

CAMERA Analyst Dexter Van Zile wrote a review of Kuruvilla’s book for Spring 2014 Issue of the Middle East Quarterly.

Posted by dvz at February 26, 2014 03:37 PM

Comments

I am very pleased that the Zionist Organization
of America is alive and well. I have always had
confidence and trust in them - in their
truthful writing.

Posted by: Selma Soss at February 27, 2014 05:32 PM

As a past president of Jacksonville, FL chapter, I'm glad to see that ZOA is still functioning. ZOA had a large presence in FL. Sorry to report that it has disappeared in the past 10 years.

Posted by: Wendy Honigman at March 3, 2014 01:39 AM

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