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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


March 22, 2017 7:04 am
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Alan Dershowitz: The Newest Bigotry — An Israel Supporter Must Be ‘Biased’ on Trump Travel Ban

A recent CNN panel discussion regarding the Trump travel ban was infected by the bigotry of one of the participants. The host, Don Lemon, called on...

March 21, 2017 9:57 am
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Alan Dershowitz: Why Must Women Choose Between Feminism and Zionism?

On March 8, women abstained from work as part of the International Women’s Strike (IWS), a grassroots feminist movement aimed at bringing attention “to the...

March 15, 2017 7:05 am
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Alan Dershowitz: Cuba, 60 Years Later

I finally made it to Cuba -- nearly 60 years after first trying. It was Christmas vacation during my senior year at Brooklyn College. Five members...

February 27, 2017 6:08 pm
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Alan Dershowitz: Keith Ellison Defeated by His Own Actions, Not Any Smear

The close vote by the Democratic National Committee to reject Keith Ellison as its chairperson was a victory for basic decency, and a defeat for...

February 24, 2017 5:19 pm
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Alan Dershowitz: Why I Will Leave the Democratic Party If Ellison Is Elected its Chairman

Tomorrow the Democratic National Committee (DNC) will have to choose the direction of the Democratic Party, as well as its likely composition. It will be...

February 22, 2017 12:33 pm
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Alan Dershowitz: Israel Does Not Cause Antisemitism

In a recent letter to the New York Times, the current Earl of Balfour, Roderick Balfour, argued that it is Israel’s fault that there is...

February 19, 2017 9:15 am
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Trump Is Right: The Palestinians Must Earn a Two-State Solution

President Trump raised eyebrows when he mentioned the possibility of a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The context was ambiguous, and no one can...

February 10, 2017 5:51 pm
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Alan Dershowitz: Precedent Trumps President Trump

According to three judges of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, legal precedents by the Supreme Court doomed President Trump's Executive Order limiting...

February 9, 2017 2:52 pm
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Alan Dershowitz: Israel Must Not Criminalize Political Differences

I recently returned from a visit to Israel, where the headlines focused on two investigations involving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The first is about conversations...

February 7, 2017 6:15 pm
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Alan Dershowitz: Courts Check and Balance Trump On Immigration

No one can predict how the legal challenges to the Trump executive order on immigration will turn out, but the courts will probably get the...

February 1, 2017 6:15 pm
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Alan Dershowitz: Is Sally Yates a Hero or a Villain?

Acting Attorney General Sally Yates was fired by President Donald Trump because she instructed the Justice Department lawyers not to defend Trump’s executive order regarding...

January 13, 2017 4:27 pm
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Alan Dershowitz: Obama’s Mid-East Legacy Is Tragic Failure

The Middle East is a more dangerous place after eight years of the Obama Presidency than it was before. The eight disastrous Obama years follow...

January 11, 2017 11:34 am
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Alan Dershowitz: Does the Anti-Nepotism Statute Preclude Trump From Appointing Kushner?

The controversy over President-elect Donald Trump’s expected appointment of his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as a senior adviser raises serious constitutional issues regarding the separation of...

December 29, 2016 6:08 pm
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Alan Dershowitz: Kerry’s Speech Will Make Peace Harder

  What if the Secretary of State gave a policy speech and no one cared? Because Secretary Kerry’s speech came after the US abstention on the United...

Features

AIPAC Policy Conference Adapts to the World of Trump

JNS.org - In recent years, AIPAC’s policy conferences have centered on hot-button issues such as the Iran nuclear deal, tension between the...

Israeli Knesset Enters Recess Amid Questions on Government’s Stability

JNS.org - During the past two weeks, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly...

Amid Political Turmoil at Home, Netanyahu Forges Ahead on Asia Pivot

JNS.org - As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced ongoing turmoil within his governing coalition...

Israel

Israel Defense Exports Reach $2.6 Billion, New Data Reveals

Israel’s military exports increased last year by 14%, according to data released Wednesday by the head of the relevant Defense Ministry’s division, the Hebrew news site Walla reported. According to the...

Middle East

Jordan’s King Abdullah: Mideast Peace Not Possible Without Establishm...

Jordan's King Abdullah said peace would not be attained in the Middle East without the creation of a Palestinian state...

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