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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 30, 2018 2:03 pm
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A US Citizen Is Being Held Hostage by a Rabbinical Court in Israel

An elderly and sick US citizen has been held hostage for three years by a rabbinical court in Israel. He is being threatened with imprisonment...

October 9, 2018 8:35 am
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Brett Kavanaugh and the ACLU

Now that Brett Kavanaugh has been confirmed, it is appropriate to look at the damage caused by the highly partisan confirmation process. Among the casualties is...

September 20, 2018 2:46 pm
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New Eichmann Film Puts the Lie to Hannah Arendt’s ‘Banality of Evil’

One of the most notorious lines -- and lies -- that grew out of the trial of Adolph Eichmann for his important role in the...

September 14, 2018 8:24 am
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Defending Donald Trump

During Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) questioned the legitimacy of the judge’s appointment to the High Court. Blumenthal said in his opening...

September 12, 2018 2:56 pm
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Alan Dershowitz: Why Did the Clintons Share the Stage With Farrakhan?

A version of this article first appeared in The Hill. Imagine President Trump being invited to speak at the funeral of a white singer who he admired (say,...

May 16, 2018 12:52 pm
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Alan Dershowitz: Why Does the Media Keep Encouraging Hamas Violence?

This article was first published in The Hill. If this were the first time that Hamas deliberately provoked Israel into self-defense actions that resulted in the...

May 9, 2018 4:37 pm
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Alan Dershowitz: NBC’s Demonization of Bolton and Gatestone

When I was growing up, organizations that expressed any views at all similar to those expressed by Communist groups were called "Communist fronts." Anyone who...

April 24, 2018 12:23 pm
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Alan Dershowitz: Why I Vigorously Defend President Trump’s Rights

Just as the first casualty of war is truth, so too the first casualty of hyper-partisan politics is civil liberties. Many traditional civil libertarians have allowed...

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...

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World

French Minister Pays Respects at Desecrated Jewish Cemetery

French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner on Friday paid his respects at a Jewish cemetery near Strasbourg, days after 37 of its tombstones and a monument to Holocaust victims were defaced with Nazi...

Israel

Israel’s Tech Sector Faces Challenge From Shortage of Workers

Israel is struggling to recruit enough workers to its technology sector, a report showed on Sunday, creating a challenge for an industry seen as the country's main potential driver of economic...

Middle East

Western Tourists Trickle Into Saudi Arabia as It Tries to Open Up

Western tourists, a rarity in Saudi Arabia, visited this weekend under a new visa system, as one of the world's most inaccessible countries tries to open up its society and...

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