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The Z-Word

I always wonder what people mean by the word “Zionist.”  It used to mean, one who supported the establishment of a Jewish homeland in the Middle East — in ancient Israel.  Maybe it still does.  I don’t know.  For example, Jesse Jackson talks about “Zionists who have controlled American policy for decades.”  (Maybe he was comfortable talking like that because he was speaking to Amir Taheri, an Iranian.  In all likelihood, he knows, or knew, nothing about the great Taheri.)  What does Jackson mean by “Zionist”?  People who support the right of Israel to exist?

Arafat and people like that have always said “Zionists” or “the Zionist entity” because they can’t bear to say “Israelis” or “Israel.”  Do the Jacksons (I’m not talking about the Five, plus Janet and the others) go “Z” for the same reason?  It is a curiosity, and someone ought to get to the bottom of it.

And, by the way:  If such as Jackson and Farrakhan supported the Republican nominee the way they support the Democratic nominee, the Republican nominee would have a lot of answering to do — fairly or not — don’t you think?

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