Zionism was a utopian dream of creating a safe homeland, born in the minds of Jewish refugees fleeing the horrific pogroms of Eastern Europe in the 1880s and 1890s. Some 30,000 Jewish utopians took the boat to Palestine, erecting tents and building the first idealistic socialist communes, the kibbutzim.
Another academic year begins, and yet another academic boycott of Israel is launched to great fanfare by a tiny but loud group of mostly obscure British university lecturers.
Their cause is generating enormous publicity and reaction, despite the fact that the launch of just about any other such boycott on a similar scale would fail to make headlines even in the local free newspaper.
Last week, I joined over 150 British artists and authors, including JK Rowling, Tom Holland and Simon Schama, in backing a new network promoting co-existence and dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians.