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Professor Alan M. Dershowitz is Brooklyn native who has been called "the nation's most peripatetic civil liberties lawyer" and one of its "most distinguished defenders of individual rights," "the best-known criminal lawyer in the world," "the top lawyer of last resort," "America's most public Jewish defender" and "Israel's single most visible defender - the Jewish state's lead attorney in the court of public opinion." He is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Dershowitz, a graduate of Brooklyn College and Yale Law School, joined the Harvard Law School faculty at age 25 after clerking for Judge David Bazelon and Justice Arthur Goldberg. He has also published more than 100 articles in magazines and journals such as The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post. The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, The Nation, Commentary, Saturday Review, The Harvard Law Review and the Yale Law Journal, and more than 300 of his articles have appeared in syndication in 50 national daily newspapers. Professor Dershowitz is the author of 27 fiction and non-fiction works with a worldwide audience. His most recent titles include "an exceptional, action packed book," The Trials of Zion, a novel which has been called "a thought-provoking page turner," Rights From Wrong, The Case For Israel, The Case For Peace, Blasphemy: How the Religious Right is Hijacking the Declaration of Independence and Preemption: A Knife that Cuts Both Ways, Finding Jefferson - A Lost Letter, A Remarkable Discovery, Shouting Fire and The First Amendment In An Age of Terrorism. In addition to his numerous law review articles and books about criminal and constitutional law, he has written, taught and lectured about history, philosophy, psychology, literature, mathematics, theology, music, sports - and even delicatessens. In 1983, the Anti-Defamation League of the B'nai B'rith presented him with the William O. Douglas First Amendment Award for his "compassionate eloquent leadership and persistent advocacy in the struggle for civil and human rights." In presenting the award, Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel said: "If there had been a few people like Alan Dershowitz during the 1930s and 1940s, the history of European Jewry might have been different." Professor Dershowitz has been awarded the honorary doctor of laws degree by Yeshiva University, the Hebrew Union College, Brooklyn College, Syracuse University, Tel Aviv University, New York City College and Haifa University.

ARTICLES BY: Alan Dershowitz


October 9, 2017 2:01 pm
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Alan Dershowitz: Trump’s ‘Calm Before the Storm’ Is a Message to North Korea and Iran

Reporters continue scratching their heads about what President Donald Trump meant when he spoke of the “calm before the storm” on Thursday as he was hosting a dinner...

October 2, 2017 5:03 pm
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Alan Dershowitz: The Case for Kurdish Independence

This article was originally published by Gatestone Institute. Over 90% of Iraq’s Kurdish population have now voted for independence from Iraq. While the referendum is not...

September 24, 2017 7:17 pm
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Alan Dershowitz: Valerie Plame Knew Exactly What She Was Tweeting

Valerie Plame had to know what she was tweeting. Plame re-tweeted a virulently antisemitic article by a well-known bigot, which she characterized as “thoughtful.” Now...

September 20, 2017 4:35 pm
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Does the President Have the Right to Expect Loyalty From his Attorney General?

This article was first published by Gatestone Institute. Recent news reports describe the president chastising his Attorney General Jeff Sessions for disloyalty. According to the New York Times,...

August 22, 2017 8:50 pm
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Alan Dershowitz: The President Has a Special Obligation to Condemn the Racist Right

All decent Americans have an obligation to condemn the violent bigotry of the Nazi and KKK demonstrators in Charlottesville or wherever else they spew their...

July 28, 2017 3:41 pm
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Alan Dershowitz: Can the President Pardon Himself?

President Trump's tweets about his broad power to pardon have raised the ultimate question: Can the president pardon himself? The answer is crystal clear! And...

July 16, 2017 12:39 pm
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Alan Dershowitz: So Now American Zionists Want to Boycott Israel

This article was first published by Gatestone Institute. Several prominent American Zionists – including long-time supporters of Israel – are so outraged at the Israeli government’s...

July 11, 2017 10:22 am
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Alan Dershowitz: Criminality and the Comey Leaks

President Donald Trump has accused former FBI Director James Comey of illegality in leaking memos that may have contained classified information. If it is true...

June 26, 2017 4:47 pm
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Alan Dershowitz: Supreme Court Will Likely Uphold Most of Trump Travel Ban

This article previously appeared in Fox News. The Supreme Court’s decision to hear arguments in October regarding President Donald Trump’s second travel ban may not itself...

June 21, 2017 11:07 am
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Alan Dershowitz: ‘Corrupt Motive’ as the Criterion for Prosecuting a President

This article was originally published by the Gatestone Institute; it is reprinted here by permission of the author.  My academic and political colleagues who insist that President...

June 12, 2017 5:23 pm
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Alan Dershowitz: Why Won’t Abbas Accept ‘Two States for Two Peoples’?

This article was originally published by the Gatestone Institute. There is a widespread but false belief that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is finally prepared to...

June 8, 2017 10:26 am
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Alan Dershowitz: History, Precedent and Comey Statement Show That Trump Did Not Obstruct Justice

  This article was originally published by the Gatestone Institute. In 1992, then-President George H.W. Bush pardoned Caspar Weinberger and five other individuals who had been indicted...

June 7, 2017 4:18 pm
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Alan Dershowitz: A New Tolerance for Antisemitism

This article was originally published by the Gatestone Institute. All over the world antisemites are becoming mainstreamed. It is no longer disqualifying to be outed as...

June 4, 2017 8:43 pm
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Alan Dershowitz: Will 1/3 of Brits Vote for a Hard Left Antisemite?

This article was originally published by Gatestone Institute. On June 8, British voters will head to the polls. Recent numbers show the gap closing between British...

Features

Israel Seen as a Rising Star in Space and Satellite Technology

JNS.org - Adding to Israel’s existing reputation as the “start-up nation” and a major hub of innovation, the Jewish state is...

Israeli Medical Marijuana Goes Global

After holding its third innovation conference in Tel Aviv in March, iCAN: Israel-Cannabis -- an Israeli marijuana group -- is hosting the inaugural CannaTech UK convention on October...

Artificial Intelligence Shapes the IDF in Ways Never Imagined

JNS.org - In pop culture and science fiction, artificial intelligence (AI) is often portrayed as a threat to humanity. But in...

World

Holocaust Memorial Vandalized in Uruguay Twice in One Week

JNS.org - Twice in five days, a Holocaust memorial in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo was vandalized with antisemitic graffiti minimizing the Holocaust. Local authorities have launched an investigation, JTA reported. "They have...

Israel

Netanyahu Tells Visiting Russian Defense Minister: Israel Won’t Allow...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held talks with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Tuesday, saying his country will not...

Middle East

US-Backed Militias Oust ISIS From Raqqa Stronghold

US-backed militias in Syria declared victory over Islamic State in its capital Raqqa on Tuesday, raising flags over the last jihadist footholds after a four-month battle. The fighting was over and...

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