This is excellent, thanks. I guess it’s kind of a “sad commentary,” but Arendt’s shrewdness, the common-sense clarity of her writing, and the depth of her learning–these otherwise baseline qualities of what an educated, rounded citizen should be, make her stand out like a prophet, someone possessed of near supernatural insight. The reception of her Eichmann book back in the day is just more confirmation, if necessary.
It’s OK to fall back on a who-do-you-admire? sort of measure, once in a while, as a kind of boost to morale when all else is so tiring. So, who else was critical of Zionism and its role in project Israel? Along with Arendt, there’s Yeshayahu Leibowitz, Martin Buber, Albert Einstein, among others also worthy of mention; and it needn’t be a list based on fame or otherwise nonrelated achievements, but you can just go to their plain statements based on the facts and issues. Who would you rather talk to for half an hour, if that wish could be granted? Who would have supported Ilhan Omar in all the noise of today?