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Alan Dershowitz Following Defeat of DNC Chair Hopeful Keith Ellison: I Will Remain in Democratic Party, But Will Fight for It to Move Away From Anti-Israel, Far-Left Trends

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Alan Dershowitz. Photo: Maxine Dovere.

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World-renowned law professor Alan Dershowitz told The Algemeiner on Sunday that he will not be leaving the Democratic Party, as he announced he would do in the event of a victory for Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison in Saturday’s Democratic National Committee elections.

Instead, he said — in the wake of former Labor Secretary Tom Perez’s victory over Ellison —  he will “remain and fight hard for it to move toward the center and away from the anti-Israel and far-Left trends” that have become dominant of late.

Dershowitz, a long-time and fierce defender of the Jewish state — and member of the Democratic Party — called Ellison’s defeat “a good sign that we can win, though it will not be easy.”

Still, he said, “I wish Perez had not appointed Ellison as his deputy. I consider Ellison to be disqualified, due to his association with Nation of Islam leader the Reverend Louis Farakhan; his denial that Farakhan is an antisemite; and because he opposed providing the Iron Dome missile defense system to Israel.”

Calling the Democrats’ trend toward the extreme Left “self-defeating,” Dershowitz nevertheless denied the suggestion that this is what ushered President Donald Trump into the White House. Still, he added, “The party should not be responding to its loudest, most radical voices, but rather address the concerns of its centrist base.”

He said that the Democratic Party he is aiming to restore is that of the late senators Henry “Scoop” Jackson, Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Ted Kennedy, and former President Bill Clinton.

In an op-ed on Friday ahead of the election, Dershowitz wrote that if Ellison is victorious,

I will quit the party after 60 years of loyal association and voting. I will become an independent, continuing to vote for the best candidates, most of whom, I assume, will still be Democrats. But I will not contribute to the DNC or support it as an institution. My loyalty to my country and my principles and my heritage exceeds any loyalty to my party. I will urge other like-minded people – centrist liberals – to follow my lead and quit the Democratic Party if Ellison is elected Chairman. We will not be leaving the Democratic Party we have long supported.  The Democratic Party will be leaving us!

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  • NYCView

    The pendulum has been allowed to swing too far to the left for anyone committed to Israel and the interests of Jews to be sitting on the political fence. The time has long come, and these times in fact demand, one to step up to the plate, particularly those with the podium. Otherwise, fence-sitting, such as Mr. Dershowitz is demonstrating here and elsewhere, is empty talk.

  • RW

    Jews have been the most passionate supporters of the Democratic party for the last hundred tears. But the Democratic party is moving away from Israel How long will pro Israel liberal Jews stick with the Democratic party?

  • LeRoy Samuels

    The real question here is why Mr Dershowitz is completely unwilling to accept the reality of the situation. Like the Jews of Germany who argued, But I’m German – Alan yells But I’m a Democrat.

  • RW

    Dershowitz is a slow learner. Anyone with minimal political sensitivity would have recognized that Obama would crack down on Israel and the Democratic party would follow him. Yet Alan voted for him. The election of the new Democratic chairman should tell him something. The three fastest growing racial and religious groups are represented in the two top leaders: Hispanic, African American and Muslim. There is no room for Jews in that constellation.

  • What a cop out! Remember that phrase Alan? I knew that you would make some rationalization to remain in the Democrat party despite the fact that Perez made Ellison his deputy. So tell us Alan, how are you going to fight that left wing tilt when you had no effect whatsoever or didn’t try to overcome the shift for eight years when Obama was president? Did you stop that horrific Iran deal? Did you come out and condemn Obama’s blatant anti-Semitic remarks about AIPAC? Did you stop that horrible UNSC resolution 2334?
    The Democrat Party is more interested in having that far left/anti-Semitic/Anti-Israeli constituency – that is why it picked Perez and his deputy Ellison.
    As long as people like you are willing to put the Democrat party ahead of being Jewish, you are part of the problem.

  • SAWolf

    It’s too late Alan, they’ve gone over to the dark side.

  • Holy Shirt

    Unable to resist heckling irrational platitudes and equivocations from ringside, at the July 2015 Times Square protest rally to defend the United States from Iran’s military build-up accompanied by threats to incinerate the United States and Israel (their Great Satan and Little Satan) with homegrown nuclear weapons well into development, Professor Douchowitz’s pathetic speech mirrored mid-1920s German Jewish reaction to the rise of its Judenrein National Socialist Workers Party. Like his grandparents’ European cousins, the loudmouth paper-tiger law professor is as delusional as fellow Dumbocrat Jewish Liberals, who expect to remain safely within ivy-covered walls, buried among mounds of acadaemia nuts with other hidden yidden. Like his cousins (should he reap what he has sown) he will first be roasted. But not at a TV dinner party, Dean Martin Celebrity Roast-style.

  • Mike jones

    With all due respect, Mr Dershowitz is just blowing smoke. As the “deputy” DNC leader, Ellison would succeed Perez if the DNC chair was unable to perform his duties.

  • Lia

    Wonderful, Sir, for without you only the lightweights will be left, to be pushed hither and thither by any stray breeze. They need your solidity and righteousness very badly.

  • Moshiach770

    Does that mean that “Dershowitz, a long-time and fierce defender of the Jewish state” can still eat his cheesebergers?

  • Bruce Kugler

    I like Alan D, have read his books, articles, etc., but I wish there were smart, strong people like him without so much of the self importance attached, and grand standing. I don’t think the DNC rejected Ellison because of anything Alan did, and publicly saying he would jump the party if he was elected seems goofy. But carry on, Alan, we need you.

  • RE: “We will not be leaving the Democratic Party we have long supported. The Democratic Party will be leaving us!”

    Professor Dershowitz should leave the Democratic Party because it’s no longer the party of Henry “Scoop” Jackson, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Ted Kennedy, and former President Bill Clinton. Those days are over, and it’s time to leave it behind.

  • Avrumeleh B

    So, he’s going to fight hard to get the Democrat Party back to the center? That’s not where it wants to go. Did he miss the entire dynamic? This is a Party that’s been moving inexorably to the left for years now. It’s the Party that embraces Bernie Sanders…it embraced Barack Obama…It embraced the Iran Deal. Maybe Mr. Dershowitz ought to recognize the reality. The only thing that might ever bring the Democrat Party back to the center is more and more losses at the polls because it’s on a trajectory for that to happen. Even that more than likely won’t stop it. Mr. Dershowitz wasn’t able to really have any effect on this Ellison thing because the guy who defeated him is equally to the left and his embrace of Ellison is ample proof that there is room for a lying anti-Semite in the highest places in that Party. Dershowitz shouldn’t flatter himself. Instead, he ought to disassociate himself from such wretched people. He’s not so important that a Party that is full of leftist fools in its leadership will stop in its tracks for him. If anything, it will continue with its leftward, anti-Israel, defeatist course. It’s not finished yet…by any means.

  • KM

    I wish Dershowitz would leave the Drmocratic Party. He is a self-absorbed narcissist who goes after people that critique his work. He went after Norman Finklestein helping to torpedoed his tenure because Finklestein’s work demonstrated what a shill Dershowitz really is. It was a craven thing to do but fits with who Dershowitz is and has become. My advice to Alan, leave the Democratic Party. Trump’s troglodytes really do suit your misanthropic personality.

  • Efram Paul

    Dear Professor Dershowitz: I am glad that you intend to work for a reasonable and liberal Democratic Party, and help move it away from the Stalinist direction it has taken for the past decade. I do not want to guess at your odds of success, but I hope that you are efficacious.

    The GOP, while gratifyingly pro-Israel, to a great extent are the people against whom people such as you and I have been working against all of our lives. If the Democratic Party can be transformed back to the liberal party it once was, it could again begin to win elections. In fact, given the extremism of the GOP, if the Democrats move away from THEIR extremism, it could become the successful party it used to be.

    • NYCView

      “Party loyalty”over integrity, character and social and national welfare while common, as your post and Dershowitz’s dishonest, cowardly self-interested position suggest, is unfortunately as inciduous as it is mind-boggling.

  • rsklaroff

    It’s great that he will honor the concerns of which I wrote a few months ago, to which he responded and which prompted my aggressive rebuttal [vide infra]; it still would be desirable were he to repudiate support for Barack/Hillary for, otherwise, he will remain complicit in enticing people to be Democrats despite his recognition of its anti-Zionist proclivities.

  • RichieM

    OF COURSE you’ll comfortably stay in the anti-God, anti-Israel, pro-baby murdering Party, Alan.
    Just like you would again vote for HerLiary Clinton and Iran’s best friend Barack Hussein obama a third time if only you could. Probably salivate at the thought.

    You sir, are just a shonda, incorrigible and despicable.

  • Enufizenuf

    Professor, despite your brains you’re really no different than any other old Jewish member of the ever more leftist Democrat Party, unable to admit that 70% of your party is ANTI-ISRAEL and unable to see that it is quickly turning into a real socialist party.
    Jews are, apparently, not just stiff-necked, but hard headed to the point of being dangerously stupid. As Daniel Greenfield has pointed out Jews insist on voting for their ideals instead of what’s in their best interest. The Democrat Party is a lost cause, Alan, they’ve deteriorated into nothing more than a bunch of disparate groups united only in their degeneracy and proclivity for non-stop lying. How can you support a Party led by that racist creep Perez, who refused to prosecute the New Black Panthers for interfering with voters in Philadelphia. And with KEITH ELLISON as his DEPUTY!!!???
    ARE YOU CRAZY Dershowitz??? Are you not disgusted by the never-ending lies of Chucky Schumer, with that sxxt-eating grin on his face? How can you even associate yourself with a party that ran a CRIMINAL SCUMBAG I the last election? Don’t you care even a whit that you’re aligned with the MOST UNETHICAL PEOPLE ever in US politics? Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, Dick Durbin? My G-d, man, these people are VERMIN, yet you’re going to stay with that Party? Maybe we readers should be asking ourselves, ‘what does Alan Dershowitz get out of this?’ I’m revolted by your behaviour in this situation. SHAME ON YOU!!!

  • Geoff

    I’ll leave you alone but you realize that you are as close-minded and exclusionary as Trump, Fox News and the GOP. You should be ashamed.

  • Geoff

    I just wrote something very neutral and was blocked. Is it a “black thing”?

  • De Flahute

    Dershowitz please spare us your liberal guilt. You and the Democratic Party are irrelevant–have been for a long time. So give it up. You’re like The Rolling Stones. Robbing younger performers of valuable stage time.

  • Geoff

    That’s ok Alan. Stay or go. DNC will soldier on and be the big tent it needs to be.

  • Yonit Gefen

    Dershowitz as he is described in this article is mired in conflicts: Accepting he loss of the old democratic party, The meaning of his 60 year party loyalty, the role of US law in today;s world and concern for his two countries – the US and Israel. Unlike many he is too smart to ignore what is going on and say so. He sharply criticized the Democratic party directly from the 2012 democratic convention for eliminating support of Israel from it’s mandate. I resonate with his conflicts. To be awake today means having conflicts, diappointments and fears about the future

  • snowbro

    Dershowitz is fighting the left wing anti establishment movement that is taking over the Democratic party. I don’t think he can muster enough support to bring the party back to the centre. The anti establishment impulse is very energized right now and on the Left it has adopted a clear anti Israel agenda. (on the right it put Trump into the Whitehouse)

    Dershowitz has to admit that he is a person without a party at this point. He is not alone, the Jewish people who fought for civil rights and LGBT rights, for all human rights have been thrown under the bus by the anti establishment Left. Unless a Jewish human rights activist denounces Israel they have no place in the anti establishment Left.

    The Left increasingly does not even recognize the Jewish people’s right to self determination, while it screams for the Palestinian right to self determination. Ellison has not really been defeated, he has been made second in command ( no one seriously opposed this made up position) where he will continue to push the party in a direction that Dershowitz opposes.

    Dershowitz has to finally admit that the Republican party as a whole currently is more aligned with his views on Israel than the Democratic party. Obama was neither a friend to Israel or to anyone in the Middle East except perhaps the Muslim Brotherhood and perhaps unintentionally ISIS which he did nothing to try to stop.

    The Jews have been divided by the success of the Palestinian propaganda machine which has taken over academia, the social justice community and soon the DNC.

    The Jews will have to decide with whom they will cast their lot. The Orthodox are siding with the Republicans as are those who are seeing the Left for the what it has become.

    If the Democratic party swings hard to the Left then Dershowitz will have to decide whether his energy may be better spent trying establish himself as a voice within the Republican party vs bringing the Left back to centre within the Democratic party.

    If he is going to try to fix the Democrats he better be willing to spend the next 4 years on university campuses.

  • AhmadChalabisFoRealz

    Damn! I wanted him to help me find the WMDs!!

  • Reb_Yaakov