Zionism, as a Jewish national movement, is no less legitimate than the Palestinian national movement. To the extent that we wish to distance ourselves from certain Israeli political movements that claim to be Zionist, we have to debate its meaning. But it is essential to remember that any generalisation about ‘Zionism’ is meaningless, given that it is a movement that has been active for more than a century and embraces dozens of movements that conflict and disagree. Yitzhak Rabin was as much a Zionist – we believe more so – as those extremists who opposed him. The activists of the Israeli movement Peace Now, which fights the pernicious effects of settlements in the West Bank, are also acting in the name of Zionism.

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