Israel/Palestine, human rights and domination

Authored by: Nicola Perugini , Neve Gordon

Routledge Handbook on Human Rights and the Middle East and North Africa

Print publication date:  November  2016
Online publication date:  November  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138807679
eBook ISBN: 9781315750972
Adobe ISBN: 9781317613763


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As the victors of World War II became fully aware of the ghastly consequences of the Nazi death machine, the idea of creating a regime to protect human rights rapidly surfaced in the international arena. A human rights vocabulary was developed in order to make sense of the horrors of the past and to help shape a new geopolitical order controlled by the war’s victors. These efforts were propelled by the desire to find a way to prevent the repetition of such horrific acts in the future. ‘Crimes against humanity’ became a common expression among the representatives of the postwar international community, while ‘never again’ was adopted as a human rights truism against the recurrence of those crimes. From this moral and political framework, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights emerged and was adopted by the United Nations in 1948.

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