Moynihans Moment: The Fight Against Zionism as Racism

Hardcover | November 7, 2012

byGil Troy

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On November 10, 1975, the General Assembly of United Nations passed Resolution 3379, which declared Zionism a form of racism. Afterward, a tall man with long, graying hair, horned-rim glasses, and a bowtie stood to speak. He pronounced his words with the rounded tones of a Harvard academic,but his voice shook with outrage: "The United States rises to declare, before the General Assembly of the United Nations, and before the world, that it does not acknowledge, it will not abide by, it will never acquiesce in this infamous act."This speech made Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, a celebrity, but as Gil Troy demonstrates in this compelling new book, it also marked the rise of neo-conservatism in American politics - the start of a more confrontational, national-interest-driven foreign policythat turned away from Kissinger's detente-driven approach to the Soviet Union - which was behind Resolution 3379. Moynihan recognized the resolution for what it was: an attack on Israel and a totalitarian assault against democracy, motivated by anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism. While Washingtondistanced itself from Moynihan, the public responded enthusiastically: American Jews rallied in support of Israel. Civil rights leaders cheered. The speech cost Moynihan his job - but soon won him a U.S. Senate seat. Troy examines the events leading up to the resolution, vividly recounts Moynihan'sspeech, and traces its impact in intellectual circles, policy making, international relations, and electoral politics in the ensuing decades. The mid-1970s represent a low-water mark of American self-confidence, as the country, mired in an economic slump, struggled with the legacy of Watergate and the humiliation of Vietnam. Moynihan's Moment captures a turning point, when the rhetoric began to change and a more muscular foreign policybegan to find expression, a policy that continues to shape international relations to this day.

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On November 10, 1975, the General Assembly of United Nations passed Resolution 3379, which declared Zionism a form of racism. Afterward, a tall man with long, graying hair, horned-rim glasses, and a bowtie stood to speak. He pronounced his words with the rounded tones of a Harvard academic,but his voice shook with outrage: "The United ...

Gil Troy is Professor of History at McGill University. His books include See How They Ran: The Changing Role of Presidential Candidates, Morning in America, Leading from the Center, and The Reagan Revolution.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:November 7, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction: Raising Hell: Moynihan's MomentPrelude: 1945: "We the Peoples of the United Nations"1. 1975: "The United States in Opposition" or the New World Disorder2. The Making of a Warrior-Diplomat: Pat Moynihan as Insider and Outsider3. The Sixties' "False Lexicon of Political Cliches" : Racializing Conflict and anti-Zionism with White Guilt4. "Scary Doings at Mexico City": The International Women's Year Debacle and the Third World World's Che Guevara Rules5. "We've Got to Stop This" Moynihan on the Move: October, 19756. Oom, Shmoom: "Where are your bloody Jews?"7. "The United States does not acknowledge, it will not abide by, it will never acquiesce in this infamous act." November, 19758. "I AM A ZIONIST": The Liberal Backlash - Against the UN9. This is "not the OK Corral and I am hardly Wyatt Earp": The Diplomatic Backlash - Against MoynihanEpilogue 1: "A Resolution Born out of Bitter Ideological Confrontation among the Nations of the World"Epilogue 2: Durban 2001: "The Terrible Lie" with "Terrible Consequences": The Return of Zionism Is Racism in the Delegitmization Derby, the Destruction Dysfunction, and the New Anti-Semitism