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Alan Dershowitz

These hateful voices, from the left, the right and the center, are influencing conduct around the world. Anti-Semitic violence is increasing as is anti-Semitic incitement. The time has come to take this threat seriously, whether it comes from absurd sources such as Iran or more respected personages such as Bishop Tutu and Alice Walker.

I am not seeking to constrain freedom of expression through governmental censorship. I am asking people of good will to condemn all anti-Jewish bigotry even when expressed by those who are admired, and to take action against the danger posed by the noxious combination of radioactive words and radioactive weapons.
Originally published by Gatestone Institute http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org

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Alan M. Dershowitz is Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Emeritus, at Harvard Law School and author, most recently, of "Trumped Up! How Criminalization of Political Differences Endangers Democracy," which is now available. This essay originally appeared on the Gatestone Institute website (www.gatestoneinstitute.org).

4 COMMENTS

  1. The way the world carries on, every ill suffered by anyone is the Jews n the Zionists fault! I get so sick of reading the drivel on FB by mindless, brainless, ignorant people from all over the world. The fact that Tutu n the SA Government has chosen to side with the Palestinians is very sad n I do not support their anti Israel stance! Israel is FOREVER!!

  2. The Iranian president said that “the Zionist regime will be wiped out soon, the same way the Soviet Union was, and humanity will achieve freedom.” Just as the Soviet Union collapsed peacefully, he expects Israel to fall apart peacefully under the weight of its internal contradictions. Just as the Soviet Union was not wiped out in a hail of nuclear weapons, the Iranian president does not suggest using force to bring about the demise of Israel. (Nor would this be even remotely serious since Israel enjoys an overwhelming military superiority in the region.) He believes that just as communism lost its legitimacy and unfolded, so will Zionism vanish one day. In the same speech, he mentions the collapse of the Shah regime, which also used to look invincible. And, just as the end of Soviet communism and the Islamic revolution in Iran never meant wiping out Russia or Iran from the face of the earth, neither does the call for an end to Zionism mean the destruction of the country and its population. Jonathan Steel of The Guardian, commenting on his speech, concluded that the Iranian president was expressing no more than “a vague wish for the future.” http://www.acjna.org/acjna/articles_detail.aspx?id=575.

  3. You are a useful idiot, aren't you? "[T]he Iranian president does not suggest using force to bring about the demise of Israel." You are correct, he does not suggest it; rather, he specifically calls for it. And, as always, SC SUCKS.

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