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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


January 26, 2018 2:18 pm
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Alan Dershowitz: Why Is There Opposition to a Qatar Investigation?

In response to my recent op-ed about Qatar in The Hill titled “Why is Qatar being blockaded and isolated?” several critics have deliberately distorted my...

January 24, 2018 12:23 pm
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Do Jews Control the World?

Our secret is out.  The Jews control the world!  We own the media. Politicians do our bidding. Wall Street is a Jewish shtetle. Hollywood moguls...

January 12, 2018 12:11 pm
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Alan Dershowitz: Don’t Diagnose Trump — Respond to Him

The 1964 presidential election was the second in which I voted. Lyndon Johnson who had succeeded John Kennedy, was running against Barry Goldwater. I didn’t...

January 1, 2018 12:04 pm
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Alan Dershowitz: Debating BDS With Cornel West

This article was originally published by Gatestone Institute.  I recently debated Professor Cornel West of Harvard about the boycott movement against Israel. The topic was resolved:...

December 20, 2017 2:03 pm
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Alan Dershowitz: The Conflict Over Jerusalem Is All Obama’s Fault

This article was originally published by Gatestone Institute. The US acted properly in vetoing a misguided UN Security Council resolution designed to undo President Donald Trump's...

December 19, 2017 1:34 pm
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Alan Dershowitz: Trump’s Mueller Strategy

The Trump team is probably not going to seek to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller. To do so would be to provoke Trump’s crucial supporters...

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...

Culture

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Actor David Schwimmer Bond Over Having Critical Jewish Mothers

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and actor David Schwimmer bonded on Friday over their shared...

Paul McCartney Wins Israel’s Prestigious Wolf Prize

JNS.org - Famed singer-songwriter and former Beatles bass guitarist Paul McCartney was announced as one of this year’s nine recipients of...

Features

Knesset Caucus Celebrates ‘Faith-Based Diplomacy’ to Honor Christian Allies

JNS.org - Members of the Knesset celebrated the role of “faith-based diplomacy” in President...

Ebay: Israelis Are World’s Second-Largest Online Shoppers

JNS.org - Israel was the world’s second-largest online commerce consumer per capita in 2017 -- second only to China -- according to e-commerce giant eBay. Israelis bought products...

Couples Who Save Lives Together Form Lasting Bonds

JNS.org - While matchmaking is not something often considered a priority in the world of emergency medical services, a good number...

World

Swastikas, Slurs Daubed on Polish Embassy in Tel Aviv Amid Ongoing Holocaus...

Swastikas and profanities were daubed on the entrance to Poland's embassy in Israel on Sunday after Polish Prime Minister Mateusz...

Israel

Israeli Expert on Arrow 3 Missile Defense Test: ‘What Can I Say? Another ...

An Israeli expert on missile defense hailed Monday’s successful test of the Arrow 3 system, saying “What can I say?...

Middle East

Egypt Says Three Soldiers Killed in Campaign Against Sinai Militants

Three Egyptian soldiers have been killed in a 10-day-old campaign against Islamist militants focused on the Sinai peninsula, Egypt's military said on Monday. It was the first time the military has...

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