Israel will be called Israel. It will not be called “Israel/Palestine”. It will not be called “Palestine”. The latter two terms are intended by anti-Zionists to erase Israel, and conversely to create a state of Palestine that does not exist.
The word “Palestinian” is more complex. Some history is important here.
Jordan is the “Palestinian” state. The original Palestine mandate included essentially what is Israel and Jordan today. All of the mandate was intended for the Jewish state. However, in response to Arab pressure, Britain created Trans-Jordan as an Arab state only, no Jews were allowed to settle there. This move took 78% of the land away from what would have become the Jewish state.
Intersectionality, officially this means “the complex, cumulative manner in which the effects of different forms of discrimination combine, overlap, or intersect” (Merriam Webster). However, some use the concept to make false comparisons, to claim that the suffering of one group is just the same as another’s. For example, “Japanese concentration camp” is used to make the internment of Japanese Americans sound equivalent to the murder, torture and genocide against Jews in concentration camps. The internment of Japanese was a terrible wrong against these Americans, but it is false to claim that they experienced what Jews did during WWII.
This word colonialism generally means that a country explores and conquers other lands, often to expand power and economic dominance. Examples include British colonialism in India or French colonialism in Algeria. AntiZionists accuse Israel of being a colonial enterprise, however no specific country colonized Israel. Jews returned to the Jewish homeland to escape persecution—initially from European countries and later from Muslim lands. Jews are also indigenous to the land of Israel, with an unbroken presence for more than 3000 years. As noted above, Jews purchased a great deal of the land in Israel before it became a state, and much of the remainder was sparsely populated.
Zionism is the national liberation movement of the Jewish people who sought to restore their freedom and independence in their ancestral homeland. It is the Jewish right to self-determination.
Anti-Semitism is hostility towards or discrimination against Jews as a religious, ethnic, or racial group. A person who holds such positions is called an antisemite. Antisemitism is generally considered to be a form of racism. Antisemitism may be manifested in many ways, ranging from expressions of hatred of or discrimination against individual Jews to organized pogroms by mobs, state police, or even military attacks on Jewish communities. Also see our Advocate Toolkit section on “What is AntiSemitism/AntiZionism“