Double Amnesia: Rethinking the History of Zionism and Human Rights

Lecture | October 4 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 105 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 James Loeffler, University of Virginia

 Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies, Center for the Study of Law and Society, Kadish Center for Morality, Law, and Public Affairs

The year 2018 marks the seventieth anniversary of two momentous events in twentieth-century history: the birth of the State of Israel and the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Both remain tied together in the ongoing debates about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, global antisemitism, and American foreign policy. Yet the surprising connections between Zionism and the origins of international human rights are completely unknown today. Drawing on his recent book, Professor Loeffler will discuss what international law's forgotten Jewish past reveals about the current crisis and uncertain future of human rights.

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