Aftershock: Anti-Zionism and Anti-Semitism

Aftershock: Anti-Zionism and Anti-Semitism

Aftershock: Anti-Zionism and Anti-Semitism

Aftershock: Anti-Zionism and Anti-Semitism


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 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. The failure of the human rights system to prevent attacks on Israel and the Jews is an aftershock of the Holocaust.


What is civil society when it stops being civil? That question was posed by the non-governmental organization (NGO) Forum Against Racism at Durban in August 2001. the forum preceded by three days and overlapped by two the intergovernmental World Conference Against Racism.

The ngo forum and the intergovernmental conference were held at neighbouring venues. the forum was held in tents set up outside and within the oval of the Durban Kingsmead Cricket Grounds. the conference was held across the street at the Durban International Convention Centre.

Non-governmental forums have been paralleling intergovernmental forums for decades. They are a lobbying opportunity, a chance to present an unofficial perspective, a reality check, presenting to the media and the world more than just the official line.

However, despite their extensive history, each new forum is a new experience. the non-governmental world is, by its nature, not institutionalized. Any group of individuals anywhere and for any purpose can form a non-governmental organization. Along with the few well-established, well-known organizations, there are thousands of organizations that represent just a few individuals and a very specific cause. Each new ngo forum is a new anarchy.

The non-governmental world is impoverished. Financing is threadbare. Insofar as money can solve organizational problems, it is a solution not ready at hand.

There have been attempts to produce some order out of the chaos. the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has an ngo liaison office that tries to provide some support to NGOs. However, not many people make a business of attending international ngo forums. Each gathering throws up a whole new crowd, focused on its own issues and unaware of how to organize an ngo forum or function within one. the befuddled lead the bewildered.

In the past, despite the mayhem, participants in the forums have managed to muddle through. Goodwill has managed to overcome the obstacles of disorganization and miscommunication.

The Durban ngo forum presented a whole new experience, a landmark for the ngo world, an event of significance beyond the confines of the fight against racism. the Durban ngo forum was plagued by a group of NGOs who had a political agenda, not a human rights agenda, and who were willing to stop at nothing to realize that agenda. Goodwill was not at hand to put order into the disarray. Rather, the inexperience of the organizers and the absence of both clear . . .

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