The Role of International Legal and Justice Discourse in Promoting the New Antisemitism

Article in "Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism: The Dynamics of Delegitimization" edited by Alvin H. Rosenfeld

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Since the founding of Israel in 1948, the discourse of international law and human rights and the associated institutions have been widely used to attack the legitimacy of the Jewish state and to intimidate its Jewish citizens. In these contexts, the right of the Jewish people to self-determination, Zionism (the movement founded to realize this right), and the modern state of Israel are often characterized as threats to the post–World War II international legal order, on a par with the contemporary world’s worst evils: racism, colonialism, imperialism, and apartheid.

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Anne Herzberg

Anne Herzberg

Anne Herzberg is the Legal Advisor of NGO Monitor. She is a graduate of Oberlin College and Columbia University Law School. Prior to joining NGO Monitor, she worked as an attorney in New York. Her areas of research include business and human rights, international human rights law, the laws of armed conflict, universal jurisdiction, international fact finding, NGOs, and the UN.