When I first became actively involved in I/P work I was asked if I was Zionist or anti-Zionist. I felt trapped by the question. It was, as this article so cogently states, taboo to be anti-Zionist. But how can one be in support of human rights and international law, let alone justice and freedom for Palestinians and be a Zionist?
For me the answer was in the belief that to be an out anti-Zionist was to consign my efforts and that of organizations I was affiliated with, to absolute irrelevance. In the short term I think that is absolutely true. But how short is short and is fighting anti Zionism, that leads to years of irrelevance what our allies in Palestine want us to do?
I fully recognize and appreciate that a significant number of people in the US have been working on this for years through organizations like ZOA and others.
I salute their clarity and resolve. And yearn to be with them.
But again is this what Palestinians on the ground want of us? It will greatly slow down our forward motion if we embrace such an “heretical” position. This is the old liberal vs left argument … simply put expediency leading to modest victory vs struggle for principled system change which is s-l-o-w at best.
As an ally I take direction from those most affected, that’s what I have always believed. It’s why I am an enthusiastic BDS supporter. Palestinian civil society asked.. I could use some direction on the Zionism question from my comrades in country.