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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


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...

May 28, 2017 8:32 pm
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Alan Dershowitz: Mueller’s Roving Commission to Investigate ‘Evil’ Is a Danger to Civil Liberties

Special Counsel Robert Mueller was commissioned to investigate not only crime, but also the entire Russian “matter.”  That is an ominous development that endangers the...

May 23, 2017 8:39 pm
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Alan Dershowitz: Terrorism Persists Because It Has Been Rewarded

Every time a horrendous terrorist attack victimizes innocent victims we wring our hands and promise to increase security and take other necessary preventive measures. But...

May 11, 2017 2:35 pm
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Alan Dershowitz: President Trump Did Not Obstruct Justice

A dangerous argument is now being put forward by some Democratic ideologues: namely that President Donald Trump should be indicted for the crime of obstructing...

April 19, 2017 10:19 am
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Alan Dershowitz: What North Korea Should Teach Us About Iran

  We failed to prevent North Korea from developing nuclear weapons. As a result, our options to stop them from developing a delivery system capable of...

April 13, 2017 12:59 pm
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Alan Dershowitz: Democrats’ Overreaction to Spicer’s Holocaust Blunder Dishonors the Six Million

The politicization of the Holocaust dishonors the memory of the six million. Sean Spicer made a serious mistake when he compared Bashar Assad to Hitler, and...

Features

Future Soldiers Leave ‘Comfort’ of North America to Defend Israel

JNS.org - Dozens of future IDF soldiers from North America immigrated to Israel this...

CAMERA Conference Helps Students Combat BDS at Home and Abroad

JNS.org - Some 80 students from 13 different countries participated in a recent high-level training conference to prepare them to respond to...

Top Israeli, American Experts Concerned About North Korean Nuclear Precedent for Iran

JNS.org – Several top Israeli and American experts on nuclear proliferation and Iran say...

World

Barcelona Synagogue, Jewish Institutions Protectively Shuttered Following T...

Barcelona's main synagogue will be closed for a minimum of 24 hours following Thursday's deadly terrorist attack in the city, in which at...

Israel

Israel’s Government Press Office to Revoke Press Card of Al Jazeera Repor...

JNS.org – Israel’s Government Press Office (GPO) is set to rescind the press credentials of Al Jazeera reporter Elias Karram, an...

Middle East

Iran Reportedly Building Long-Range Missile Facility in Syria

JNS.org – Iran is reportedly building a facility in northwestern Syria to manufacture long-range Scud missiles, Israel’s Channel 2 reported on Tuesday. According to the report, security experts who analyzed photos of...

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