"And, still in terms of strategy, conflating the issues runs the risk of alienating those people who support strong restrictions on immigration, but who would otherwise support the rights of the Palestinians.
Such people might be misled into thinking that the arguments against US immigration policy also apply as arguments against the ROR."
This is my basic point.
I agree that Christians/Evangelicals are also a large target group for conversion. But I think if American Jews started rejecting the Zionist narrative, it would have far greater knock-on effects, becasue Jews do control the media. Major defections by large numbers of Jews would have a greater effect on our policies toward Israel, and on Israel itself, than defections of Christians. The Zionists will happily throw the Christains overboard, but they cannot absorb major defections by American Jews. I think.
Not all walls are the same.
Or, all walls are different. Or, all walls are not identical.
Anyhow, you get my point, I think! Walls are built in varying political contexts. The separations they effect arise from different aims. Sure, they all divide people, or keep some people out, or keep some people in. Actually, those can be pretty big differences. Distinctions are, IMO, as important as similarities (physical presence of a wall).
I, too, am talking strategy-wise.
Just look at how many comment words on this thread are now about US immigration issues instead of about Pal issues, which are not "immigration" issues.
I agree that one can have a long and interesting and illuminating discussion of the parallels and distinctions between the two situations, here at Mondoweiss.
But I disagree that this is a successful strategy for advancingn the rights of Palestinians by educating Americans on the history of Israel's seizure of Pal lands and specifically the post-1967 occupation and Gaza genocide.
I believe the crucial target population that must be persuaded start to speak up loudly and to withdraw support from Israel is American Jews. This audience must be forced to open its eyes to Israel's crimes against humanity and its ongoing violations of both international law and UN resolutions.
I accept the many arguments regarding parallels with the US colonizing project, but I don't think this line of argument is a strong political strategy. Again, it diverts the discussion into US history and immigration. I don't think Palestine has time for this education re US history to take place hold among voters and decision makers in t his country, and hten to be, in effect, transferred to the Palstinian issue.
I think the Pal issue must be thrust on the public's consciousness in it own terms: the Jewish State of Israel is an apartheid, racist state that is holding millions of people in an open-air concentration camp and genociding them. Not only their land but their water is being stolen. Meanwhile, American and other Jews are given housing for free on stolen lands. And the American taxpayer is paying for a lot of this, while there is a housing crisis in the USA and virtually nothing is spent on public housing here in the USA.