Aftershock: Anti-zionism and Anti-semitism

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Dundurn, 2005 - Social Science - 256 pages
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Verbal attacks against Israel for human rights violations have turned into physical attacks against the Jewish community worldwide. How has that happened? This book attempts to explain the phenomenon.

Anti-Zionists, whose primary goal is destruction of the State of Israel, use accusations of the worst forms of human rights violations against Israel to delegitimize the state. These accusations criminalize the Jewish population worldwide for actual or presumed support of the State of Israel.

The contemporary international human rights system and the existence of the State of Israel are twin legacies of the Holocaust. The failure of the human rights system to prevent attacks on Israel and the Jews is an aftershock of the Holocaust.

 

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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
8
From AntiZionism to Antisemitism
30
The Accusation of Occupation
60
The FenceWall
87
The Claimed Palestinian Right of Return
100
Patterns of Prejudice
113
Corruption of International Institutions
129
The Harvest of Hate
145
Jews from Arab Countries
158
Israel and the Right to Selfdetermination
182
Combatting Antisemitism Differing Perspectives
206
Strategies for Combatting AntiZionism
226
SUGGESTED FURTHER READING
240
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About the author (2005)

David Matas is a refugee and human rights lawyer in Winnipeg. He is senior counsel to B'Nai Brith Canada and the author of several books. Among his other books are Justice Delayed: Nazi War Criminals in Canada (1987) with Susan Charendoff; Closing the Doors: The Failure of Refugee Protection (1989) with Ilana Simon; No More: The Battle Against Human Rights Violations (1994); Bloody Words: Hate and Free Speech (2000). He has an honourary doctorate awarded in 1996 from Concordia University.

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