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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 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...

December 23, 2016 4:40 pm
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Dershowitz: Trump Was Right to Try and Stop Obama From Tying His Hands on Israel

The Egyptian decision to withdraw the one-sided anti-Israel United Nations Security Council resolution should not mask the sad reality that it is the Obama administration...

November 30, 2016 6:26 pm
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Alan Dershowitz: Keith Ellison, The Wrong Man at the Wrong Time

What should a political party that has just lost its white working class, blue-collar base to a “make America great again” nationalist do to try...

November 17, 2016 12:54 pm
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Alan Dershowitz: Assessing the Bannon Appointment

President-elect Donald Trump’s appointment of Steve Bannon as his chief strategist has been criticized on the grounds that Bannon is an antisemite. There are many...

November 11, 2016 4:33 pm
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Alan Dershowitz: What the Election Tells Us About the Past, Present and Future

The recent election ended in a virtual tie, as did the election of 2000. Voters were split approximately in half as they selected one of...

November 7, 2016 2:53 pm
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Dershowitz: The Day After the Election

With the world’s attention focused on the presidential election, some attention must be devoted to the problems we will continue to face the day after...

November 1, 2016 10:12 am
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Dershowitz: Obama, Don’t Destroy the Peace Process by Turning It Over to the UN

The Obama administration is sending strong signals that once the election is over it may make a major push to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at...

September 30, 2016 3:06 pm
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Shimon Peres, a Leader for All Seasons

Shimon Peres understood the Biblical verse “to everything there is a season.” When he was a young man working for David Ben-Gurion, he saw that Israel’s very...

September 14, 2016 2:54 pm
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Dershowitz: The Only Thing Predictable About This Election Is Its Unpredictability

This is the strangest presidential election in my memory. Despite the polls, the outcome is utterly unpredictable. This was true even before Hillary Clinton’s recent...

August 24, 2016 4:51 pm
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Dershowitz: Are Jews Who Refuse to Renounce Israel Being Excluded From ‘Progressive’ Groups?

Last year, Rabbi Susan Talve, a longtime activist on race issues in the St. Louis area was told that her advocacy for Israel was incompatible...

August 16, 2016 9:52 am
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Alan Dershowitz: Black Lives Matter Must Rescind Its Anti-Israel Declaration

It is a real tragedy that Black Lives Matter — which has done so much good in raising awareness of police abuses — has now...

July 13, 2016 2:24 pm
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Alan Dershowitz: Whom Do Bigots Blame for Police Shootings in America? Israel, Of Course!

In response to the tragic deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling at the hands of police officers in Minnesota and Louisiana, the New York...

Culture

Ivanka Trump Shares Snapshot of Kosher Inauguration Cake Featuring Mini Donald

President-elect Donald Trump's Jewish daughter, Ivanka, posted a picture on Instagram of a...

Why ‘Fauda’ Is One of the Best TV Shows You’ll Ever See

A show about terrorism should be explosive. Too often, stereotypical characters, cardboard dialogue and absurd plot twists turn what should be...

Features

What Will Trump’s Presidency Mean for US Ties With Israel’s Peaceful Arab Neighbors?

JNS.org - The upcoming Donald Trump presidency likely means a sharp break...

Israel’s German-Made Submarines Engulfed by Controversy, Shrouded in Secrecy

JNS.org - Silently cruising in the depths of the seas, the Israeli Navy’s growing...

IDF Welcomes Soldier With Cerebral Palsy

JNS.org -- The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has welcomed its newest member, a soldier with cerebral palsy, as part of the military’s...

World

Palestinian-American Columbia Professor Rashid Khalidi: Pro-Israel Figures ...

Pro-Israel figures will “infest” President-elect Donald Trump’s administration, a Palestinian-American Columbia University professor and notorious critic of the Jewish state...

Israel

Ministers to Discuss Israeli Sovereignty Over Ma’ale Adumim

JNS.org -- Plans are underway to officially present a bill that would apply Israeli sovereignty to the large east Jerusalem settlement of Ma'ale Adumim, leaders of the Knesset's Land of Israel lobby...

Middle East

Iranian President Calls Trump’s Vow to Rip Up Nuclear Deal ‘Empty Talk...

JNS.org -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that US President-elect Donald Trump’s promise to dismantle the nuclear deal between Iran and world...

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