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Zionism

Is NK = Neturei Karta? Who is TTJ? True Torah Jews? I'm not very good with acronyms.

Similar to the terms "conservative" or "liberal"...[What's a classical liberal, a neo-conservative, a neo-liberal, a Constitutional conservative, a social conservative, a social liberal and on and on and on??]....the term "Zionism" itself has changed its interpretations over time.

In today's context, uttering the word Zionism immediately brings negative connotations. And association with following long list of scum characters to mind: Leo Strauss, Paul Wolfowitz, Dick Cheney, Theodore Hertzl, Bernard Baruch, Jacob Schiff [the older one, NOT Peter's dad in jail], Irving Kristol, Bill Kristol, Samuel Untermyer, Donald Rumsfeld, Richard Pearl, Rupert Murdoch, Ariel Sharon, Bibi Netanyahu, Michael Bolton, David Frum and on and on and on.

In historical context Zionism did not necessarily mean something so dark and nefarious. It will surprise many people to know that Noam Chomsky was one of very few openly declared "Zionists" among American public figures before 1967 Six Day War. In that context, the term Zionism did not mean as negatively as it does today : Controlling media and financial infrastructures, lying, pillaging, murdering, launching outright wars of lies and resource grabs etc. None of that. It simply meant the rights of Jewish population to co-exist with Palestinian Arabs in Palestine. What of the Old Yishuv Jews who lived for generations and generations in Palestine without any issues? There was never and will never be any basis for them to leave land of their ancestors, just like there should have never been any issue of evicting Palestinians from their land.

[Now I agree the number of Old Yishuv were minuscule before launches of all aliyahs; and it could become mathematically impossible for all to coexist peacefully, after huge hordes of Ashkenazis started arriving. Supposedly people like Chomsky claim that peaceful solutions could be applied to this issue. I'm not qualified to declare if I agree or disagree with him.]

As for Norman Finkelstein himself: I realize your point & agree I used the term loosely referring to today's negative context. I've heard he's bit of an anarchist & opposed to structure of state in the first place. I don't know for 100% to be sure.

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