The administrators over at Daily Kos have knocked off another pro-Israel user.
Fizziks is now banned.
They may not have much appreciated that fizziks participates here on occasion.
It could be, although I cannot know, that fizziks got yanked because of his suggestion that anti-Zionism is anti-Semitic.
The truth, of course, is that anti-Zionism is anti-Semitic.
I, myself, am not a "Zionist" because that movement fulfilled itself in 1948. It's been over for a long time, now.
The term "Zionism" is still in usage for two reasons.
Much like older African-American organizations, like the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), which retains the word "colored," so older pro-Israel organizations maintain the term "Zionist."
I am pro-Jewish and pro-Israel, but the word "Zionism" had very little to do with my upbringing or our family conversation. Your mileage may vary, but that's how it was in my community and within my family. We were just American Jews who cared about Israel in much the same way that we imagined our Irish and Italian neighbors cared about Ireland and Italy.
The other reason why the term "Zionist" continues in popular usage among anti-Semitic anti-Zionists and Israel Haters is because they've tagged it with negative connotations. They now use it as a club against Jews who care about the Jewish state. After decades of Arab and Left propaganda "Zionist" now just sounds bad to the vast majority of Arabs and most progressives, as well.
In the United States, this propaganda war against the Jewish people took place... much of it, perhaps most of it... within the Democratic Party in recent decades.
I am sorry, folks, but you cannot easily separate the Progressive movement from the Democratic Party. Nor can you easily separate the anti-Zionist movement from the larger Progressive movement which provides it political shelter in the United States and Europe.
These are political issues that this generation of liberal Jews are only now realizing and discussing.
And I do not think that things look good for the Democratic Party in terms of the traditional Jewish constituency.
Heck, we are not beholden to them.
They have every right to sell us down the river and we have every right to respond as we will... including telling Democrats to fuck off.
It's time to stand up.