Some Key Founders of the International Human Rights Movement Were Also Zionists

Like Zionism, the global human rights movement was the product of Jews motivated by the need to find a refuge for their beleaguered people.

Sir Hersch Lauterpacht, back center, in the International Court of Justice. Flickr/Cambridge Law.

Sir Hersch Lauterpacht, back center, in the International Court of Justice. Flickr/Cambridge Law.

Observation
May 2 2018
About the author

Elliott Abrams is a senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he maintains a blog, Pressure Points.


In his 2009 speech in Cairo, President Obama famously tied the “aspiration for a Jewish homeland” to “an unprecedented Holocaust” in Europe—thereby forgetting two millennia of Jewish longing for the restoration of Zion and more than a century of Zionist political activity.

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