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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

"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." - Abraham H. Foxman, National Director, Anti-Defamation League.

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.

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A discourse on human rights from one of Canada's foremost experts.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Dundurn; 1St Edition edition (September 3, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550025538
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550025538
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,372,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jill Malter on September 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
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.
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5 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Henry Balfour on April 20, 2006
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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.
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