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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


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...

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...

Culture

Yeshiva University Grad Writes Book to Help Children Understand Death

What should parents tell their children when a loved one dies? It’s a...

New England Patriots Star Shares Western Wall Photo With Jewish High Holidays Message

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman posted pictures of himself in Israel, including...

Features

A Look at the Candidates to Become Jerusalem’s Next Mayor

JNS.org - The late Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek used to say that if one wanted to uproot and replant a tree...

Faith and Fasting: A Look at the Practice Ahead of Yom Kippur

JNS.org - Fasting is the most commonly known Yom Kippur ritual. According to a 2016 Pew survey, 40% of American...

A New Generation of Galvanized Young Jews Fight Antisemitism on Campus

JNS.org - IfNotNow (INN) has a plan. It’s determined, according to its website, to...

World

University of Michigan Regent Denounces Professor’s ‘Antisemiti...

The president of the University of Michigan pledged on Thursday to take "appropriate steps" to address a professor's refusal to help...

Israel

Israel to Deduct Money Sent to Family of Ari Fuld’s Murderer from Fun...

Israel will withhold the amount paid to Ari Fuld's murderer from funds earmarked for transfer to the Palestinian Authority. Fuld, a...

Middle East

Iran Will Defeat Trump Just Like It Did Saddam, Won’t Abandon Missile...

US President Donald Trump will fail in his confrontation with Iran, just like Iraq's Saddam Hussein, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani...

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