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Aftershock: Anti-Zionism & Anti-Semitism Paperback – September 3, 2005
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"Evil thrives in moral confusion, and uncertainty where right and wrong become a matter of opinion instead of clear, objective truth. David Matas' important book brings moral clarity to the struggle against antisemitism and anti-Zionism." - Natan Sharansky, former Israeli Minister for the Diaspora
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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.Read more ›