Avigail, I found your article very helpful.
Two things. I myself came on the aptness of the category “settler-colonialism” by a strange back-to-front route. I had been used to thinking about Palestine-Israel in the conventional terms of “occupation” &c, when I started reading Caroline Elkins’ book “Britain’s Gulag: The Brutal End of Empire in Kenya”. As I read her account of my country’s colonisation of Kenya, it was brought home to me for the first time what a cruel and unjust (and, of course, utterly racist) thing it was. And suddenly it struck me: This is just like what Israel is doing to the Palestinians today! So, instead of understanding “the Middle East conflict” in terms of colonialism, I finally came to understand historic colonialism in terms of Israel-Palestine.
A second, throwaway point. I was brought up as an evangelical Christian and taught that the founding of Israel was a wonderful reclamation of the Promised Land. It struck me only recently that not only was the land (supposedly) promised forever to the “Children of Israel” but specific parts of that land were promised in perpetuity to specific tribes. I’m curious to know how those Zionists, both Jewish and Christian, who believe in this “promise” address the fact that no Jew today has the faintest idea which of the 12 tribes he or she belongs to and therefore which bit of the Promised Land they might be entitled to live in. I know this is only a debating point!