It became known as Moynihan's Moment. November 10th, 1975, Daniel Patrick Moynihan made an impassioned speech at the United Nations General Assembly.
When Resolution 3379 - which declared Zionism to be a form of racism - came up for a vote at the UN, it passed with ease. 72 yes, 35 opposed, 32 abstained, 3 absent. Moynihan
was furious, and made no bones about it. His frustration with what had transpired haunted him for years.
Canadian historian Gil Troy, has chronicled the event in "Moynihan's Moment: America's Fight Against Zionism as Racism".
is a Professor of History at McGill University, and a Research Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute's Engaging Israel Program. His articles and columns have been widely published, and he is the author of eight books, including biographies of Ronald Reagan
and Hillary Rodham Clinton
. Professor Troy
spoke to Michael Enright