By Keith Preston
It is fashionable in many of the political circles that I travel in to attribute a range of problems involving international relations, along with other concerns, to “Zionism.” Used in these contexts, Zionism has two meanings, i.e. the state-nationalism of the Israeli regime itself, and the network of Jewish ethno-nationalist supporters of Israel throughout the Jewish diaspora. At times, the critiques of Zionist power represented by these perspectives overlap with traditional anti-Semitic views concerning a supposed “Jewish conspiracy” to undermine civilization by doing all kinds of bad things (The Daily Stormer, Stormfront, and, more articulately, Counter-Currents perspective).
But there are also other forms of anti-Zionism that are closer to a leftist analysis of imperialist power (see the work of James Petras), or which simply acknowledge the power and influence of Zionists from a centrist perspective (see the work of Mearsheimer and Walt), or which merely recognizes that, yes, organized Jewish interests actually have influence and power, as would be expected of a prosperous and educated minority group in a liberal democracy, and that Jewish political organizations normally trend leftward (see the work of Kevin MacDonald).
There is even a SJW version of anti-Zionism which regards Zionism as just another form of white privilege perpetrating the oppression of people of color. There are others in the conspiracy/truther milieu who regard Zionists as intricately woven into all kinds of plots involving the Vatican, secret societies, pedophile rings, experimental scientists, technology, the occult, and extraterrestrials.
My general take on the Zionist question is that I support Israel’s right to exist, but US aid to Israel should (at a minimum) be conditioned on Israel’s withdrawal to its pre-1967 borders, and avoiding aggression against neighbors like Lebanon. However, the real problem is the United States, not Israel, because it is the Zionist-imperialist-globalist alliance that maintains the relationship between Israel and America. For instance, there is actually far more criticism of Israeli state policies in the Israeli media than there is in the US media, and a wider range of perspectives on Israeli foreign policy are represented in the Israeli Knesset than there are in the US Congress. Additionally, the Saudis and the other Gulf states merit as much criticism as Israel, both in terms of the way they oppress their own subject peoples and their role in fostering terrorism and instability in the Middle East. It’s also true that some (not all) Jewish ethno-nationalists regards mass immigration as a weapon to be used against the West, but so do plenty of other people who see immigration as a means of creating a constituency for keeping the Left in power permanently. There are other Jewish ethno-nationalists who take an anti-immigration stance as a means of keeping “the Muslims” out of Western nations.
There is a danger in becoming so anti-Zionist that the Zionists start to assume the same role as the “straight white males” in leftist ideology or “the capitalists” for the Marxists or where it simply sounds like a regurgitation of the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion or Mein Kampf. I see state power, imperialist power, and globalist power as a nexus of a wide range of intersecting and overlapping as well as often conflicting interests. Zionists, yes, and many other interests.