“Some Palestinians and their supporters who see Zionism as nothing more than a European Settler Colonial project. I’ve always thought there was much more to the story of Zionism than that.”
But the same is true of all settler colonial projects. Such projects always have an inside and an outside. For the insiders, the settlers, their project has special meanings that they consider essential to its characterization. What these meanings are varies somewhat from case to case, but a common theme is liberation from the stifling confines of the society from which they are escaping into a new life. For the outsiders whom they displace or kill in order to clear room for their new life these inner meanings do not matter very much. That is understandable, because as outsiders they are not invited to take part in the new life. From their external vantage point settler colonial projects look very much alike, differing only in the relative weights of displacement and genocide.