Thanks for this refutation to the two fallacious arguments thrown my way in the past year, and I quote:
1. Calling Israel’s existence into question (anti-Zionism) is an “irredeemably flawed” position.
2. My passion on the topic and support of BDS “raises eyebrows”.
Both charges come with the necessary implied addendum that I must have some special antipathy or shame toward Jews, and both are meant to disqualify and dismiss my views without further inquiry.
A Jewish friend who is otherwise a strong progressive seems to understand the problem, sort of, but he has not ever come out strongly and clearly for Palestinian rights, dignity, and safety. I have hammered him on his PEPism, his hypocrisy:
If you are passionate and totally woke about, say, Black lives, and how they are not to blame for their position in America, intentionally created and maintained by mostly European colonists and their heirs…
But Palestinian lives at best cause you to shake your head at all the damned NUANCE over there, and if the angry brown people would just stop lobbing rockets and throwing stones at the mostly European colonists and their heirs…
Perhaps you’d better check your privilege, and your bias. Ask yourself whether the fundamental historical rules of power, money, racism, and oppression somehow warp and twist in the Middle East, or whether you’ve been fed the wrong narrative and are still licking the long-rancid crumbs off your plate.