Why is Zionism so Misunderstood?
An article entitled “Why is Zionism so Misunderstood?” appears in the Arkansas Indy Media. This is a fascinating question. Unfortunately, the article does not even attempt to answer the question, focusing instead on the history and ideology of Zionism.
The premise of the question is that Zionism is misunderstood around the world. This definitely seems to be true, as demonstrated by accusations that Israel is an apartheid state built on the ruins of a Palestinian national homeland. So why is it misunderstood? Here are some possibilities:
1. Zionism is a form of nationalism, and nationalism has become unpopular in international politics.
2. Since many Jews and Israelis have lost sight of Zionist goals, the rest of the world is confused.
3. Anti-Zionism is a deliberate distortion of Zionist values, based on anti-Semitism.
Possibly all three of these reasons play a part in the disapproval of Zionism rampant in public opinion. Or is something totally different at work here?
UPDATE: Richard L. Cravatts writes “How to Get the World To Hate Israel” on the History News Network.