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By Steven Salaita

How Zionism grew to become a great ideology within the eyes of the West

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In many multicultural communities, this support has become perfunctory (in Virginia Tech’s, for example). Israel and Jewishness so ardently become coterminous that agents of multicultural celebration come to believe that excluding Israel from activities is the same as excluding Jews. This belief usually comes into existence through the inverse: Jewish Zionists use the coterminous relationship of Israel and Jewishness to interject promotion of Israel into multicultural celebration. What are the ethical consequences of the coterminous relationship of Israel and Jewishness?

In reality, however, it is endorsing Zionist ethnonationalism. All sorts of mythologies contribute to the idea of Israel as an apolitical manifestation of timeless Jewish culture, something I explore in the chapters that follow. The primary mythology of concern here is the one suggesting that, as in the Holy Land, Zionists have an exclusive right to participation in narratives from which the Palestinians are completely absent. Unlike most ethnic disputes, this one is a zero-sum game: there is no way for Zionism and Palestinians to coexist.

The problem with balance is that it’s never truly balanced; even if we could achieve true balance, it would be undesirable. Nobody should seek balance as a form of intellectual engagement; truth is a much better goal. Balance is merely a sneaky way to maintain extant power structures. Balance isn’t just passively conciliatory; it is actively destructive. It achieves this destructiveness by delegitimizing the viewpoints its champions find unsavory regardless of their basis in law or scholarly research.

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