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The Dangers of Durban

Have you ever wondered about the origin of the phrase “Zionism is racism”? Do you know people who have spread it without understanding its history? Were you aware that it was Cold War Soviet Propaganda?

Zionism is liberation, self-determination and freedom for the world’s oldest persecuted minority community. And while the United Nations has rescinded its own shameful 1975 “Zionism is racism” resolution in 1991, the phrase—and the rabid anti-Jewish hatred it inspired—had already infected parts of the progressive movement, especially after it was quasi-ratified in Durban, South Africa in 2001. Over twenty years later, this disgraceful phrase inverts reality, divides the progressive movement and leads to virulent and violent attacks on Jews.

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