Jews and Human Rights analyzes the role of Jews in the formation of international human rights efforts throughout the U.S., Israel, and the Former Soviet Union. It examines this human rights work as part of a total system of Jewish political commitments, a system shaped by both human rights history and Jewish history. Jews and Human Rights argues that protecting human rights has been a persistent, if not always predominant, feature of Jews' political mission in the world.
Michael Galchinsky is associate professor of English and director of the Jewish Studies program at Georgia State University. He co-edited (with David Biale and Susannah Heschel) Insider/Outsider: American Jews and Multiculturalism and is the author of The Origin of the Modern Jewish Woman Writer: Romance and Reform in Victorian England.
Chapter 1 Building Human Rights Chapter 2 Freeing Soviet Jews-and After Chapter 3 Jewish Responses to Non-Jewish Genocides Chapter 4 American Jews and Violations in Zion: A Case Study Chapter 5 Israeli, Jewish, Human Chapter 6 Appendix A: Genocides and Other Mass Killings Chapter 7 Appendix B: Israel's Adoption of Major Human Rights Treaties Chapter 8 Appendix C: Glossary of Abbreviations