Sometimes cohesive “national” groups go — briefly or not so briefly — astray. USA has been shooting up the middle east in a series of dreadful wars for many years now, I hope a temporary aberration, a “going astray”. USA’s been “denying” the climate crisis for a while now, I really, really hope a temporary “going astray”. To say the sometimes forbidden, ahem, Germany became Nazi Germany for a while, again temporary and widely seen as a “going astray”. “White Nationalism” is beginning to raise its head in many (European) countries and in USA, with bad results, to me seems a “going astray”.
It is permitted, generally, to criticize these “goings astray” particularly if one is also careful not to critcize the people — we say we deplore what Nazis did, not the German people as a whole and forever. We say we deplore USA’s wars, not the American people as a whole and forever.
And It seems to me one can criticize what Israel does (and even call it criticizing what Zionists stand for or do) without criticizing the Jewish-Israeli people as a whole and forever, and hardly as a matter of criticizing the entire Jewish people as a whole and forever.
Because bad behavior can be changed. Evil can be temporary.
Indeed, fascinatingly, a kind of white-male-industrial-and-anti-environmental identity is seen as a cause of climate crisis denial: see: https://attentiontotheunseen.com/2019/09/02/the-misogyny-of-climate-deniers/
Anyhow, Jewish Zionism is a kind of monster, a real need (protection from pogroms and holocausts) being transmogrified into self-given “permission” to depopulate a very large and growing ever larger territory, to oppress, to make war, etc., etc. I hope it is ultimately temporary, a temporary “going astray”. The point of BDS is to roll it back, to make it temporary.
It seems that in many cases, people band together to make an “identity” for the purpose of, or with the result of, justifying making war. Hitler justified attacking most of Europe and USSR in part to provide “lebensraum”, room to live, for Germans. Zionist Jews have done the same in Palestine, to make room for Jews to live where they want.
Zionists speak of a need for a country of their own, but then aspire to take not “a country solmewhere” but “a very big country in and of all of Palestine”, the one they “want” (Biblical arguments), not a one they “need”, which might be located elsewhere altogether (Poland, Germany, Alaska, Greenland ha!).