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Three Days in December: How Human Rights, Genocide, and Zionism Came Together and Fell Apart

2018 marks the 70th anniversary of three important world events: the birth of the State of Israel, the announcement of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the approval of the UN Genocide Convention.

All three remained tied together in ongoing debates about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, global antisemitism, and American foreign policy. Yet the surprising connections between Zionism and human rights are forgotten today on both the Left and the Right.

In this lecture, James Loeffler draws on his new book to retell the story of three crucial days in December 1948 that shaped our world and birthed the controversies that continue to define it today.