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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


April 16, 2018 7:21 am
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Alan Dershowitz: For the ACLU, Getting Trump Trumps Civil Liberties

This op-ed first appeared in The Hill. The American Civil Liberties Union, on whose national board I used to serve with pride, raises vast sums of...

April 11, 2018 9:32 am
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Alan Dershowitz: Trump and the Importance of Constitutional Rights

This article was originally published by The Gatestone Institute. Many television pundits are telling viewers not to worry about the government’s intrusion into possible lawyer/client privileged...

March 14, 2018 4:26 pm
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Alan Dershowitz: What Is a ‘Refugee’? The Jews From Morocco Versus the Palestinians From Israel

This article was originally published by The Gatestone Institute. A visit to Morocco shows that the claim of Palestinians to a "right of return" has little...

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...

Culture

American Model Kate Upton Shares Photos From Her Trip to Israel

American model Kate Upton shared with her Twitter followers on Thursday photos from her recent trip to Israel. The 25-year-old uploaded three...

Features

The Israeli Air Force Legend Who Influenced Generations

JNS.org - On Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers, the family of Lt.-Col. Ohad Shadmi -- a legendary and highly influential...

Putting the Zionism Back Into Religious Zionism for Israel’s 70th

JNS.org - To celebrate Israel’s 70th anniversary, World Mizrachi -- a movement that prepares the next...

New Book Examines History of Jewish Baseball Cards

If you think that Sandy Koufax and Hank Greenberg are among only a handful of Jewish baseball players, you might want...

World

Israel Dismisses Suggestions It Killed Palestinian in Malaysia

Israel's defense minister said on Sunday a Palestinian scientist shot dead in Malaysia was a rocket expert and "no saint," but dismissed suggestions by Hamas that Israel's Mossad spy agency...

Israel

Israel Hints It Could Hit Iran’s ‘Air Force’ in Syria

Israel released details on Tuesday about an Iranian "air force" deployed in neighboring Syria, including civilian planes suspected of transferring arms, a signal that these could be attacked should tensions...

Middle East

France’s Macron Says He Has No ‘Plan B’ for Iran Nuclear ...

French President Emmanuel Macron said he has no "plan B" for the Iran nuclear deal and that the United States...

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