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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