Thursday, October 4, 2018
James Loeffler – Double Amnesia: Rethinking the History of Zionism and Human Rights
James Loeffler, Jay Berkowitz Professor of Jewish History at the University of Virginia
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.
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
105 Boalt Berkeley Law
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