I have also experienced the pressure to choose either the Palestinians or the state of Israel. The word zionist often seems on a par with racist at liberal institutions (like my alma mater). The red herrings from all directions are frustrating, and the further complication that western Christianity has often participated in violence against the Jews makes dispassionate discourse almost nonexistent. It is very difficult to find a middle path which affirms Israel’s right to exist, while also avoiding the pseudo-Biblicial retort that the Jews have been blinded by God and therefore do not deserve support. Thanks for the thought provoking comment Dan!