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by David Matas

eBook Aftershock: Anti-Zionism  Anti-Semitism download ISBN: 1550025538
Author: David Matas
Publisher: Dundurn; 1st Edition edition (September 3, 2005)
Language: English
Pages: 280
ePub: 1306 kb
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Rating: 4.9
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Category: Political
Subcategory: Sociology

This book attempts to explain the phenomenon. David Matas has written an important, engaging book which needs to be read by anyone concerned with the twin problems of antisemitism and anti-Zionism.

This book attempts to explain the phenomenon. Abraham H. Foxman, National Director, Anti-Defamation League. A discourse on human rights from one of Canada's foremost experts.

David Matas' important book brings moral clarity to the struggle against antisemitism and anti-Zionism. Natan Sharansky, former Israeli Minister for the Diaspora.

In his book "Aftershock: Anti-Zionism and Anti-Semitism", Matas accused critics of Israel's post-1967 war policies regarding the West Bank of having double standards in not also criticizing China's occupation of Tibet.

How has that happened? This book attempts to explain the phenomenon

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 delegitimise the state. These accusations criminalise 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.

Aftershock: Anti-Zionism Anti-Semitism. 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 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 failure of the human rights system to prevent attacks on Israel and the Jews is an aftershock of the Holocaust.

Antisemitism (also spelled anti-semitism or anti-Semitism) is hostility to, prejudice, or discrimination against Jews. 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 entire Jewish communities.

Anti-Zionism is opposition to Zionism. The term is broadly defined in the modern era as opposition to the State of Israel or, prior to 1948, its establishment. It has also been defined as opposition to the political movement of Jews to self-determination within the territory variously referred to as the Land of Israel, Palestine, Canaan, or the Holy Land.

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.

Comments: (2)
Nargas
This is a superb book about the threat to human rights from anti-Zionism.

The title, "Aftershock," refers to the attack on Israel following the earthquake of the Holocaust.

As the author says, minorities must bow to the will of majorities. Minorities can be protected by the "bulwark" of human rights. But this bulwark has been removed by the anti-Zionists for the sake of attacking some Jews. Matas claims that only the destruction of Israel will satisfy the anti-Zionists. I disagree. Israel is not a problem, so I see no reason why the destruction of Israel would even begin to satisfy the anti-Zionists.

Of course, Israel itself is accused of human rights violations. Matas discusses them: genocide, colonialism, terrorism, war crimes, crimes against humanity, apartheid, and ethnic cleansing. As the author shows, these accusations are bogus. But as he says, there is a danger in even taking such accusations seriously. The questions of whether such accusations are valid are themselves the problem. We can ask how many Christians the Jews killed yesterday in order to drain their blood for use in baking their bread. But if we do, we are way out of line. And a "serious" discussion of anti-Zionist charges just plays into the hands of the racists.

There is a good chapter on the charge of Israeli "occupation" of the West Bank. And a chapter on the Israeli settlements, which points out that the issue is simply the racist one that Jews are living in the neighborhood. As Matas says, "it is a moral duty to repel opposition to the settlements." I strongly agree. Some folks say that it is a crime to allow Jews to live in the West Bank. But the author makes the point that the criminals would then be those who permit it: the settlers themselves would be innocent. And the author asks how something can possibly be a crime when everyone agrees that those who actually commit the act are doing nothing wrong. That's a question I never thought of!

Matas points out the bias involved in demanding that the West Bank be Jew-free but not making the equally outrageous demand that Israel be Arab-free. Yet Amnesty International (as the author points out) did just that in a September, 2003 report, demanding that Jews be forcibly evacuated from the West Bank and Gaza.

Now, what about the question of forcible transfer of populations, which is against the Protocol on International Armed Conflict? Well, the author says that the rule is just fine. It should be supported. The problem is with its use: Israel is falsely accused of violating it.

There is an excellent chapter on the well-known Israeli fence. This is sometimes called a "wall" even though less than 3% of the completed barrier will be a wall, "and much of that wall portion has been in existence for years." As Matas says, "every time a court gives judgment, justice itself is on trial."

Obviously, the International Court ruling against Israel's barrier was a grave violation of justice. But the biggest problem, according to the author, was for the Court to take the case at all. It certainly did not take cases such as the failure of the ruling authority to oppose Levantine Arab suicide bombers, or incitement to hatred, or other terrorism, or the funding of terrorist activities. Taking any of these cases means taking sides in a conflict. I strongly agree with the author. Many years ago, I was shocked to see the United Nations taking sides in the Arab-Israeli conflict at all (although I was also surprised that it took the side of the aggressors).

There is a section on the supposed Levantine Arab "right of return" to Israel. Matas shows that this is all nonsense: Israel simply is not the country of the Levantine Arabs.

Are there rights to self-determination and statehood? Once again, the author is right on the money. All peoples have a right to self-determination. None have a right to statehood. Statehood may be a necessity, for self-protection. But it is not a human right. And I agree. Israel is a state because the British White Paper of 1939, among other things, made Israeli statehood a necessity to protect human rights.

What is to be done about anti-Zionism? The author and I agree that it has to be fought on the basis of human rights. As Matas says, "a document that is part racist is all bad." And, "there is no hierarchy of rights." He explains that "Durban was a disaster, a racist conference in the name of anti-racism." And he opens his book with a chapter on the awful 2001 Durban conference.

There is a question of what to do about the UN. Should one oppose it or try to reform it? I favor opposing it (actually, I'd outlaw it). Matas does not want to give up on it. But he does explain that there are alternatives to the UN. One of them is the UN's ideals!

There are complaints that the Levantine Arabs are "underdogs." But the author points out that those Levantine Arabs "who seek death are always going to be worse off than Jews who embrace life." He encourages those who wish to support the Arabs to wean them from self-destruction. After all, a true friend does not tell a potential suicide to jump!

One campaign Matas suggests is to fight against the victimization of Arab children by anti-Zionism. This ugly philosophy simply violates human rights by teaching such self-destructive hatred. It is not part of a culture, but a violation of it. Once again, I agree.

This is truly an excellent book. Everyone ought to read it right away!
Kulafyn
Having just read a copy of "Sampson Blinded" I thankfully have a legitimate benchmark against which to rate this slop by Matas. In almost every instance where his personal beliefs are used as absolute measures he shows a deeply stressed psyche. In other work published he stated "Zionism is the expression of the right to self determination of the Jewish people. Anti-Zionism, by definition, rejects this right to self determination, by denying the Jewish people the right to a state of their own in their ancestral homeland. Anti-Zionism is a form of racism. It is the specific denial to the Jewish people, as an entity, of a basic human right to which all the peoples of the world are entitled. It is a variant of the type of "traditional" antisemitism which denied to Jews as individuals the basic human rights accorded to all others." which is laughably easy to deconstruct and reads very much like the 'Peace is war" Orwellian vocabulary of "Aftershock". I wish these over-egged propagandists would learn to differentiate Zionism, a political movement, from Judaism - an honourable memeber of the world community. Political movements will often try to put on the clothes of a community to assume some credibility - however "Aftershock" makes the classic error of ranting rather than reasoning - I felt I was being heckled by the author, and that there was a deliberate attempt being made to link in the readers mind the long and intricate history of Judaism with the very recent arrival of a sectarian (Ashkenazi) splinter group of political fanatics. Zionism, as illustrated by this book, is doing nothing to help Jews, it is only hurting. "Sampson Blinded" is a practical book, where this is a foam-flecked piece of gibberish. Ignore it.