Activist Condemns Iranian Anti-Semitism

Winter 2010

Lecturing at the “Hate Speech” and Incitement to Violence Workshop this past April, human rights activist Irwin Cotler warned that anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist language used by Iranian leaders such as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would likely lead to genocide.

“This is the only instance of state-sanctioned genocide that is foretold—waiting to happen,” said Cotler, who became a member of Canada’s Parliament after serving as that country’s justice minister and attorney general. “This is where the duty to prevent kicks in.”

Cotler’s lecture marked the end of the semester-long workshop, which was sponsored by the Center for the Study of Law and Culture at Columbia University.