Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Tuesday 22 May 2012

Vale David Littman, Valiant Fighter For Human Rights

The scholar and activist David Littman, about whom I blogged here, passed away on 20 May, as full in years as in achievements.

A doughty champion of the rights of humankind, he was a frank and fearless fighter against the incursion of systems of intolerance into the enlightened Judeo-Christian world, against the unconscionable and deleterious concept of "cultural relativism" that has taken root in leftist circles in the West, against misogyny, Judeophobia, and the persecution of Christians parts of the Islamic world, and against the bizarre and hypocritical stance on human rights issues at the United Nations.

Here he is, a year ago, talking at the UN about the "blood libel" that has been, historically, such a recurrent feature of antisemitism.

For his candid and robust speech at the UN regarding threats to human rights in the West, and about the abuses of human rights (including brutality to women) under certain regimes, see here

Among the many tributes to David Littman and his legacy is this one, by Dr Andrew Bostom  in American Thinker.

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