nationalism really is at the root of zionism, and it goes beyond the simple statement that zionism is a form of nationalism. zionism was, in fact, a reaction to nationalist movements throughout the rest of the world that made Jews into refugees. most Jewish immigration to Palestine can be traced to the rise of an "us vs. them" mentality in their countries of birth, which turned Jews into "them" and forced us to go elsewhere.
for example, in the midst of nationalist upheavals in Europe throughout the 19th century, my family immigrated to the U.S., and our outsider status in Europe became the problem of the indigenous peoples on this continent. meanwhile, not everyone could do the same thing, and they had to go elsewhere.
often when people attack the idea of "nationalism", it's not some sort of theoretical wankery divorced from all reality. it's our lived experience and that of our parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, great-great-grandparents, etc..
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