If you want to dismantle Israel, I can deal with that. But why not just say it out loud - and concisely? “Dismantle the Zionist project, dismantle the settler colonialist project” is so long and awkward ....
I more or less understood the psychology behind the desire of Palestinians and surrounding Arab countries to try to ignore the fact that Israel existed in the first place and so they avoided saying its name for decades.
But if you are an American activist and professor, if the State of Israel has existed for your entire lifetime, and you believe that state should be “dismantled,” you need to state that clearly.
Honestly - I would love to retire the word “Zionism” into its proper historical context, and make both right and left discuss “Israel” - the actual, existing state - instead. Let’s talk reality, not ideology.

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