A Zionist is someone who supports Israel as a Jewish state.
If so, then Zionism and liberalism - support for full, equal civil and human rights for everyone - are incompatible.
Israel can be - or rather, could have been - Jewish or democratic. Not both. The choice was made long ago.
The early Zionists had a chance to found an inclusive state, to live together with the people already inhabiting Palestine. They weren't interested. Hell, they weren't interested in living together, on equal terms, with the local Jews, never mind Muslim and Christian Arabs. And it's just gotten worse. Non-Jews live at the mercy of the Jews.
My gentile friends, when they learn that I'm not a Zionist, ask how Jews, of all people, can treat other people they way they were treated.
I know Suzanne! I too am a member of Independent Jewish Voices. And I also wrote to the Prime Minister:
Thank you for the apology for Canada turning away the St. Louis. It's been a long time coming.
But no thanks for this:
"Jewish students still feel unwelcome and uncomfortable on some of our college and university campuses because of BDS-related intimidation."
BDS is an entirely non-violent movement, aimed at putting pressure on Israel to stop treating Palestinians the way Jews used to be treated. (Imagine Canada if it were a Christian state in the same way that Israel is a Jewish state.) If it causes some Jewish students to feel uncomfortable, because of their unconditional support for Israel, I'm glad. They should feel uncomfortable. Anyone who supports oppression should feel uncomfortable. As for intimidation, it is in their minds (and consciences), not in the actions of BDS advocates.
You seem to have swallowed the line of the Zionists, that criticism of Israel is anti-Semitism. It is not. I am Jewish, and I support BDS. Do I want to see Israel disappear? No - but I do want to see regime change.
I can understand why you are afraid to go against the Zionists. But public opinion is changing, here in Canada as elsewhere, and that includes Jewish public opinion. The number of Jews who criticize Israel is growing, and some will even say so in public.
Someday you, or a future liberal prime minister, will see your way to change as well. When that day comes, remember that you have Jewish allies.