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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


October 12, 2020 6:29 pm
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AOC’s Rejection of Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Crosses the Line From Extremism to Intolerance

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., the young folk hero commonly known as AOC, has crossed the line from radicalism to anti-Americanism and anti-decency. Tellingly, she now operates...

September 23, 2020 4:06 pm
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Should Ruth Bader Ginsburg Have Resigned While Barack Obama Was President?

In the midst of all the well-deserved praise being accorded the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, some Democrats are grumbling about her decision not to...

August 17, 2020 1:27 pm
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The Israel-UAE Deal Is a Win-Win for Peace

The below article was originally published by the Gatestone Institute.   The agreement by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to normalize relations with Israel bodes well for...

August 9, 2020 11:05 am
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Alan Dershowitz: The Rabbi Steinsaltz I Knew

The late Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz was a remarkable man—a genius who made the Talmud accessible to so many. TIME magazine called him a “once in...

July 22, 2020 1:14 pm
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Dershowitz: Why I Will Continue to Celebrate George Washington, Despite His Flaws

Amidst the calls to cancel George Washington and tear down his statutes, we must remember George Washington’s unparalleled contributions to Jewish equality not only in...

July 14, 2020 3:10 pm
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Dershowitz: Beinart’s Solution for the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Is an Invitation to Possible Genocide

Peter Beinart's New York Times op-ed advocating the end of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people is a study in historical ignorance, willful deception and arrogant...

July 9, 2020 1:52 pm
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Dershowitz: Is the ‘Black Lives Matter’ Platform Antisemitic?

In 2016 I wrote an op-ed demanding that Black Lives Matter rescind the portion of its platform that describes Israel as an “apartheid state” involved...

June 10, 2020 5:42 am
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Stop Attacking George Floyd Protests — Only Push Back on Anti-Israel Hate

As usual, anti-Israel extremists, especially some on the hard left, are trying to exploit the tragic and inexcusable death of George Floyd to level their...

November 14, 2019 2:56 pm
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Alan Dershowitz: The 92nd Street Y Engages in McCarthyite Censorship and Lies About It

The storied 92nd Street Y, which presents itself as a liberal paragon of free speech dialogue and openness, is engaging in McCarthyite censorship — and...

October 27, 2019 6:26 am
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My Torah Goes to Prison

I was recently honored for my pro bono work in the criminal justice arena, including my work on several successful clemency efforts, by having a...

July 18, 2019 8:48 am
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Alan Dershowitz: ‘The New Yorker’ Is Trying to Silence Me

I recently learned, from a source close to The New Yorker magazine, that its editor, David Remnick, has commissioned a hit piece against me for...

June 18, 2019 6:39 am
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There Is No Religious Right to Refuse Vaccines

New York just eliminated all religious exemptions for mandatory measles vaccination. It was the right thing to do. There is no constitutional basis for requiring...

April 22, 2019 4:06 pm
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Alan Dershowitz: Shmuley Boteach Lies to Cover Up His Hypocrisy

Shmuley Boteach -- who falsely brags of being “America’s rabbi” because he has no congregation of his own -- continues to recycle old lies about...

April 17, 2019 5:12 pm
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Alan Dershowitz Responds to Shmuley Boteach: You Won’t Silence Me

Shmuley Boteach is at it again. Now he is telling me what I can and can’t say to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu --  a...

Culture

‘Unorthodox’ Star Shira Haas Shares Throwback Purim Photo From Childhood

Israeli actress Shira Haas shared with her Instagram followers on Thursday a photo...

Genesis Prize Foundation to Honor Life and Legacy of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

JNS.org - The Genesis Prize Foundation announced plans to honor the late prominent...

Features

Israeli Locust Slayers Train Ethiopians to Save Crops

JNS.org - Some call it a plague. Yoav Motro calls it a war. The enemies are the huge armies of desert...

An Israeli Soldier Gives His All for Lonely Senior Citizens

JNS.org - “Between 11th and 12th grade, after a tough fencing session, I saw a television report about all these...

Why the UAE Wants Israeli Help to Secure Its Food Supplies

JNS.org - Food security is emerging as a key area in which the United Arab Emirates is eager for Israeli...

World

Iran Threatens to End Deal With IAEA Over US-Led Push to Criticize It

Iran is threatening to end a deal struck with the US nuclear watchdog last weekend temporarily salvaging much monitoring of its activities if the agency's board endorses a US-led push to...

Israel

Startup’s Pop-Up Nanosatellites Slash Price of Sending Payloads to Space

CTech - The NewSpace trend is reaching new heights — engineering smaller payloads, launchers, and devices— all designed to offer innovative solutions for the next frontier. Satellites, however, are particularly...

Middle East

Israel, Bahrain Leaders Discuss Iran, Possible Vaccine Plant

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Bahrain's Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa on Thursday discussed Iran and the possible involvement of the Gulf state in establishing a vaccine...

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