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The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2017


Alan Dershowitz

Legal scholar

The famously combative legal scholar and pro-Israel advocate Alan Dershowitz has had an eventful year.

It started with a bang when he renounced his support for President Obama after the administration abstained from a UN vote on Israeli settlements, saying Obama told him he would always have Israel’s back, but “I didn't realize what he meant is that he would have their back to stab them.”

As the battle between the alt-right and the far-left intensified in the US, Dershowitz declared a pox on both their houses, saying they share an antipathy toward the Jews.

“This implicit tolerance of antisemitism - as long as it comes from someone whose other views are acceptable - represents a dangerous new trend from both the Right and Left,” he asserted.

One of the most vocal pro-Israel Democrats, Dershowitz has sought to maintain support for the Jewish state within the party. Ahead of the DNC chairmanship election in February, Dershowitz threatened to leave the party if Congressman Keith Ellison – with his checkered record on Israel – won the post. (Photo credit: Facebook.)


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