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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


December 9, 2017 7:42 pm
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Alan Dershowitz: Violence Should Not Determine Policy

This article was originally published by Gatestone Institute.  Many who are opposed to President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital point to the call...

December 7, 2017 12:51 pm
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Alan Dershowitz: Why Trump Is Right to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is a perfect response to President Obama’s benighted decision to change American policy by engineering the...

December 4, 2017 5:36 pm
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Alan Dershowitz: Why Did Flynn Lie and Why Did Mueller Charge Him With Lying?

Reprinted from "The Hill” with permission. Copyright 2017. Capitol Hill Publishing Corp. The charge to which retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn has pleaded guilty may tell us...

November 8, 2017 10:55 am
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Yes, Some Criticism of Israel Is Antisemitism

On November 3, The Daily Californian published an op-ed by Matthew Taylor, explicitly accusing me of having “blood on his [my] hands,” and being “culpable...

October 31, 2017 6:27 pm
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Alan Dershowitz: The Forward’s Defense of an Antisemitic Cartoon Is Unacceptable

When the official newspaper of Berkeley published a color caricature of me as a spider-like creature with one leg stomping on a Palestinian child and...

October 26, 2017 2:21 pm
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Alan Dershowitz: Antisemitic Caricature of Me Generates No Criticism From Berkeley Hard-Left

I was recently invited to present the liberal case for Israel at Berkeley. In my remarks I advocated the establishment of a Palestinian state and...

October 17, 2017 12:07 pm
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Alan Dershowitz: Trump Did the Right Thing by Walking Away From UNESCO — for Now

This article was first published by Gatestone Institute. The State Department announced on Thursday that the United States would be withdrawing from the UN agency UNESCO,...

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...

Features

Reform Jews Support Israel at Convention, but Some Question Timing of Jerusalem Move

Jacobs was addressing the record-breaking 6,000 Reform Jews gathered in Boston for the...

Israeli Deterrence Holds Against Iran in Syria — For Now

JNS.org - A recent surge in alleged Israeli strikes on targets in Syria appears to suggest a new Israeli urgency to...

Some on Israeli Left Slant Right Amid Changing Political Map

JNS.org - Avi Gabbay, a leader of Israel’s political left -- and presumably one of the top challengers to Prime Minister...

World

McMaster University Reviewing ‘Disturbing’ Social Media Posts by Studen...

McMaster University in Ontario, Canada is investigating social media posts made by students who glorified Adolf Hitler, praised Palestinian terrorists,...

Israel

India, China and Russia Refrain From Recognizing East Jerusalem as Capital ...

Foreign ministers from India, Russia and China notably refrained from recognizing East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine at their...

Middle East

Abbas’ Fiery Rhetoric Toward US and Israel May Be Unconvincing to Pal...

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas faces an uphill struggle in convincing his public that his recent defiance of the US...

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