Well, if there is one single population that should understand that Zionism is not a colonialist movement, it should be African Americans. After all, the Back-to-Africa movement is pretty similar to Zionism. Even Marcus Garvey referred to it as ”Black Zionism”. Anti-Zionists like to say that if Jews should be given the right to recover a territory that they owned in the past, all other peoples should be given the same right. This argument is sophistic. There is a difference between a landless nation wanting to recover its homeland in order to have its own state and a people that already has a country and that wants to recover a territory that it owned in the past merely for the pleasure of expanding its borders. And the reason why African Americans thought about establishing their state in Africa is because they were a landless people as well.
By the way, for those who keep saying that the Zionist movement was colonialist because they’ve read a quote attributed to Herzl or Zangwill, they should know that even though the first generation of Zionists was somewhat influenced by colonialism, ever since the 2nd aliya, the Zionist movement became outspokenly anti-colonialist. Ber Borochov, the founding father of left-wing Zionism (which was predominant at the time), condemned colonialism as early as 1905. Also, the Zionist movement offered an alliance to Arab nationalists as soon as 1913 (when it sent a delegation to attend the First Arab National Congress in Paris). In the 1930’s, Ben Gurion went further by proposing the idea of a Semitic (Jewish-Arab) confederation to Musa Alami. I really don’t see how this can be seen as colonialist. Interestingly enough, though, Marxist historians claim that the Zionist never stopped being colonialist. According to Pappe, Lockman, Shlomo Sand and their coterie, the Zionist movement decided to ”conceal” its colonialist views after WWI because after the Wilson 18 points, colonialism began to lose its legitimacy. It’s just untrue. Borochov condemned colonialism in 1905 (before WWI). Also, Wilson never referred to non-Europeans nations when he talked about self-determination. As for colonialism, it remained mainstream in the West until the 1950’s. Hence, there was no reason to hide one’s colonialism after WWI. The truth of the matter is that radical anti-Zionist is nothing but another marxist delirium (its not the first one and it won’t be the last). Albert Memmi was right when he said that a large segment of the left remains profoundly permeated with stalinism.