Patricia, since you commented on the post, I have added the following. I think you will find it interesting and informative:
'A friend explains that the idea of a “Jewish people” was not invented by Zionists but rather emerged from the anti-assimilationist ideas of generations of rabbis in Europe:
"It is a thousand-years-long behavior of the Jewish rabbinical elite. When they noticed that Jews started to secularize and were likely to stray away and assimilate, they decided to create an ideology that would AGAIN separate Jews from Gentiles forever, based on “nationalism” that would propagandize secular Jews."
My point here is not that it is the Zionist project that invented the idea of a “Jewish people.” My point is that Zionism used this idea as a weapon that destroyed Palestine.'