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No doubt Yeshiva University, which today issued a statement about the controversial decision, will support the offer made by Dershowitz.

Richard Joel, president of Yeshiva University, under the auspices of which Cardozo operates, took pains to distance himself as well as the school from Jimmy Carter’s history of “statements and actions in recent years which have mischaracterized the Middle East conflict and have served to alienate those of us who care about Israel.”

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But Joel concluded by emphasizing how seriously YU takes its obligation “to thrive as a free marketplace of ideas, while remaining committed to its unique mission as a proud Jewish university.”

So, on Wednesday, at Cardozo, what shall it be?  Shall we have a true marketplace of ideas, or will only a single stall be open?

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Lori Lowenthal Marcus is a contributor to the JewishPress.com. A graduate of Harvard Law School, she previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email: Lori@JewishPressOnline.com

24 COMMENTS

  1. Why would Carter debate Dershowitz? He has now found "legitimacy" in his vitriolic Jew hatred thanks to YU. He knows debating Dershowitz would force him out of the gestapo closet, a conclusion he dreads.

    YU is quickly regressing to being a redo of the Jews of Berlin 1939, who exalted the Nazis thinking they were above the persecution and genocide facing the 'common Jew'.

  2. My thanks to : Lori Lowenthal Marcus! Your articles are well written, report Truth and I am an admirer of your writing! Jimmy Carter's use of words like Apartheid and Israeli Colonization are incorrect and creates more conflict. His views on Israeli borders clearly puts Israel at high risk. Why anyone would listen to Jimmy Carter or honor him in any way is beyond me. The man is an embarrassment to the United States. A do nothing President who should have never been in the White House in the first place. Please. Ms. Marcus, continue your reporting and opinions. Thank you!

  3. My thanks to : Lori Lowenthal Marcus! Your articles are well written, report Truth and I am an admirer of your writing! Jimmy Carter's use of words like Apartheid and Israeli Colonization are incorrect and creates more conflict. His views on Israeli borders clearly puts Israel at high risk. Why anyone would listen to Jimmy Carter or honor him in any way is beyond me. The man is an embarrassment to the United States. A do nothing President who should have never been in the White House in the first place. Please. Ms. Marcus, continue your reporting and opinions. Thank you!

  4. Thank you Professor Dershowitz. You are factual and are displaying the courage that so many of our Jewish leaders lack. Lest we forget…Carter called Israel an "Apartheid State"….and to President Joel…."Distancing yourself"..again? What are you doing re: psychiatric evaluations of Rabbinical Students to prevent abuse? Where is your mission statement? So disappointing!

  5. The problem here is not that wretched anti-Semite Jimmy Carter but those Jewish liberals who bend over backwards not only to appease the Jimmy Carters of the world but to give them platforms to spew their venom and brainwash the young and foolish.

  6. Why isn't there any jewish organization that will start a law suit against that old skeleton called Jimmy Carter for incitement to hatred and antisemitism. The sheer fact that he embraces the Hamas organization means that he promotes anti Israel sentiments. The guy is a real shmatte and only deserves our contempt.

  7. This should prove to be a very interesting debate. I personally agree with professor Dershowitz.

    I would also like to see Professor Dershowitz respond to the jr senator from texas and demand that he release the names of the Harvard Law School Professors who he claims are communists.

  8. Marsh Roth, while I agree with some of the things you say and disagree with others, could you PLEASE instruct Arie on how to respond to things so that his anger, crudeness and rudeness do not belittle the things he is trying to say.

  9. I suppose it's very PC for a Law School that is part of Yeshiva University to award its International Advocate for Peace award to someone who has done more to advocate terrorism than peace. That way, no one can accuse YU of trying to stifle free speech within their Cardozo School of Law's Journal of Conflict Resolution.

    Or perhaps the JCR wants to create more conflict because they have run out of things to write about. "What to do… what to do… I know! Let's award the Advocate for Peace to an advocate for terrorism. That should stir things up a bit."

    And YU… you silly people… don't tell me you have no say in what the JCR does. Those folks are going to get you in trouble with your alumni and your big donors. Just sayin'.

  10. Carter was terribly wrong to advise Aarafat to refuse Israel's most generous peace offering. It will never happen again. Jerusalem will never be divided. I cannot understand how Carter became President. I just knew he was much too ignorant about foreign policy especially that of the Middle East to succeed in helping to establish peace between Israel and the Palestinians. He should have stuck to growing peanuts.

  11. Do remember that also Arafat had a peace offer that Ehud Barak rejected.
    Arafats offer was also in consensus with international law and the international community as well as the other arab nations.
    By Dershowitz logic, since Barak rejected it, he is responsible for the deaths since then, and all his advisers who told him not to accept it…

  12. "Colonialism is the establishment, exploitation, maintenance, acquisition and expansion of colonies in one territory by people from another territory. Colonialism is a set of unequal relationships between the metropole and the colony and between the colonists and the indigenous population" Is his words of colonization really incorrect to describe what Israel is doing in the West Bank?

  13. I too am appalled at my alma mater honoring Former President Carter. I doubt very much that either Cardozo or Carter will accept Dershowitz's challenge even though a Law school of Cardozo's standing should encourage free and open academic debate of all issues. And we know that those who are unwilling to debate do so because they understand the weakness of their position. It is the cowards way out.

  14. I too am appalled at my alma mater honoring Former President Carter. I doubt very much that either Cardozo or Carter will accept Dershowitz's challenge even though a Law school of Cardozo's standing should encourage free and open academic debate of all issues. And we know that those who are unwilling to debate do so because they understand the weakness of their position. It is the cowards way out.

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