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.


"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.

About the Author

David Matas

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014

David Matas

David Matas is a refugee and human rights lawyer in Winnipeg. He is senior counsel to B'Nai Brith Canada and the author of several books. Amonthg his other books are Justice Delayed: Nazi War Criminals in Canada (1987) with Susan Charendoff; Closing the Doors: The Failure of Refugee Protection (1989) with Ilana Simon; No More: The Battle Against Human Rights Violations (1994); Bloody Words: Hate and Free Speech (2000)