Zionism is a relatively modern, late nineteenth century idea. Few concepts have been the cause of so much trouble. It is debatable whether Ashkenazi Jews even came from that part of the world in the first place.
It is wrong that America has allowed money to further this idea that benefits so few at the expense of so many.
The entire notion of nationalism is relatively new and was on full display in 1848. The notion of Zionism is just a product of that revolutionary period.
Mind you, Jews were precluded from participating in many institutions throughout Europe, and although tolerated, were certainly not integrated. Many had to convert in order to hold posts at universities, government and a host of other occupations. Seen in that light, one cannot blame them for wanting their own state.
I won't debate you on the merits of aid to Israel as this ground had been covered and further arguing it would be futile.