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Give ‘Em Heck, Prof. Dershowitz!


Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz

Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz
Photo Credit: Gidon Markowicz/Flash90

In early February, Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz addressed a full house at the Zellerbach Theater at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Pennsylvania, to add his contribution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict debate brewing on campus. The event was presented by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, Hillel of Greater Philadelphia and Penn Hillel.

Dershowitz was invited to speak in anticipation of the National Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions conference, which was planned for that weekend on The University of Pennsylvania’s campus. According to the conference’s website, BDS’ goal is to “boycott, divest from and sanction (BDS) the State of Israel until it complies with its obligations under international and human rights law.”

According to the Daily Pennsylvanian, Dershowitz made “the 80-percent case for Israel.” He advocated supporting Israel’s right to exist but expressed willingness to criticize Israeli policies with which he disagreed.

Dershowitz called the implication that Israel is a apartheid regime “absurd.” He challenged Israel’s critics to name another country that, faced with comparable threats, had a better human rights record. He said that Israel was the only liberal democracy and nation that recognizes women’s rights and the rights of the gay community in the Middle East. And at one point, he even said that University of Pennsylvania professors who support BDS werre “complacent with evil.”

They didn’t like that. This week, one Stephen Lendman went after Dershowitz with a vengeance: “Inviting him was disgraceful. He’s a shameless bigot, a longstanding Islamophobe, a perverter of fundamental U.S. and international law, an advocate of war, torture targeted assassinations and collective punishment, as well as a committed Zionist and apologist for Israel’s worst crimes.”

Lendman even cited Law Professor Francis Boyle, who wrote that Dershowitz is “a self-incriminated war criminal who publicly admitted that he serves on a Mossad Committee that authorizes the murder and assassination of Palestinians,” and is “also infamous around the world for being this country’s foremost advocate for torture.”

Then Lendman added this pearl: “Throughout its century-long history, ADL hyped unfounded anti-Semitism hysteria as a cover for backing Jewish supremacy and rights of Israelis over Arabs. They include militarized occupation and belligerently enforced apartheid.”

We apologize for the unfounded anti-Semitism hysteria of the past 100 years, and will now return quietly to our gas chambers.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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6 Responses to “Give ‘Em Heck, Prof. Dershowitz!”

  1. Yossi Pollak says:

    Penn State and University of Pennsylvania are not identical…

    Hi Yori!

  2. Tommy says:

    Isn’t it interesting how the opposition hurtles names but never respond to the issues directly? What is seems to tell me is there is no substance to their position, worse yet many times it is designed to point away from the lies.

  3. Chaim Becker says:

    Dear Proffesor Dershowitz,
    You are right again. I think the world at large has to learn that Israel is and always will be the only Democratic Society and the Mid-East

    Thanks Again for your constant suppot of Israel,
    Chaim Becker

  4. ben says:

    It’s a little dangerous to get too close to Dershowitz. For all his defending of Israel and exposing the “Palestinians” for the murderous liars that they are, he still wants a “two state solution.” Of course this can not be accomplished without uprooting hundreds of thousands of Israelis from the West Bank, and then handing over their homes and a silver platter to a bunch of murderers. For such a smart guy he sure is full of contradicitons.

  5. carla shapiro says:

    thank G-d for Prof. Dershowitz we need a million of him thank you for publishing this

  6. Sid Klein says:

    Penn State and the University of Pennsylvania, where this event took place, are not one and the same. Fact check, please.

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