Alan Dershowitz

Defending Dershowitz, To A Fault?

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Former Harvard Law School professor and staunch Israel supporter Alan Dershowitz has been accused of having sex with an underage girl, the “sex slave” of a Dershowitz’ client, financier Jeffrey Epstein — which has, what exactly, to do with Israel?

Alan Dershowitz. Wikimedia Commons

Dershowitz: Carter, Tutu Have Gaza ‘Blood On Their Hands’

In Jewish Week interview, ex-Harvard Law professor charges that former president, South African archbishop ‘encourage’ Hamas’ ‘dead-baby’ strategy.

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In his new book, “Terror Tunnels: The Case for Israel’s Just War Against Hamas,” former Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz defends Israel’s decision to launch Operation Protective Edge this summer to destroy tunnels Hamas planned to use to kidnap Israelis. The just-released e-book (RosettaBooks with Gatestone Institute), which will come out in hard cover in November, argues that the larger death toll on the Palestinian side in the war was the result of a deliberate strategy on the part of Hamas. It opens with a dedication “to all the innocent victims of Hamas’s dead baby strategy — Palestinians and Israelis alike” as well as to the IDF soldiers who died in the war. With chapter titles like, “Hamas’s Threat to Israel’s Airport Threatens a Two-State Solution” and “ISIS is to America as Hamas is to Israel,” the book combines chapters penned as the conflict raged, along with older writings. Prior to Rosh HaShanah, Professor Dershowitz spoke with The Jewish Week about what he terms Hamas’ “dead baby strategy,” his views on Jimmy Carter and J Street, and Israel’s methods in fighting Operation Protective Edge.

Former Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz's new book makes the case for Israel's Operation Protective Edge.

For Alan Dershowitz, There’s Life After Harvard

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Alan Dershowitz’s house is a bit of a mess.

The rooms of his Martha’s Vineyard home are cluttered with half-unpacked boxes from his Cambridge house, which he and his wife sold after he retired from Harvard Law School in June.

Alan Dershowitz hanging out on the porch of the Chilmark General Store in the Martha’s Vineyard town of Chilmark, Mass. JTA

Rick Perry, Sean Penn, Sheldon Adelson And Chris Christie Fete Shmuley

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New York  — The last time New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie spoke at a venue attended by Sheldon Adelson, he alienated the Republican Party mega-donor and other hawkish pro-Israel Jews by referring to the West Bank as “the occupied territories.”

Retirement Ahead For Alan Dershowitz

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BOSTON — Alan Dershowitz, one of the country’s most prominent lawyers and a passionate, sometimes controversial, advocate for Israel, is retiring from Harvard Law School.

Jewish Partisan Group Honors Bielski Brigade

Young Jews must learn from their courage, says Dershowitz.

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Sixteen surviving members of the Bielski Brigade, Jewish partisans who saved thousands from the Nazis and their collaborators in Belarus during the Holocaust, were honored in Manhattan Monday night by the Jewish Partisans Educational Foundation.

Members of the Bielski partisan group that fought the Nazis received medallions from JPEF. Timothy Lee

Talking Baseball

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Like Yiddishkeit, baseball is never what it used to be, and what used to be is often different than remembered. Legend tells us that fans were most loyal and passionate in Brooklyn.

Did anyone love Jackie Robinson more, or Sandy Koufax even more? And yet, despite Brooklyn finishing first or second nine times, with four World Series appearances and a championship in the years after Robinson’s debut (1947), Brooklyn attendance plunged some 780,000 in the next decade. Meanwhile, Koufax, of course, the beloved Brooklyn Jew who was a well-known athlete in the borough, was the starting pitcher 13 times in Brooklyn home games, but the average attendance was a very modest 16,289, with several of his starts attracting anemic turnouts in the range of 6,000-7,000.

Baseball’s Jews are the topic of a panel at the 92nd Street Y. Above, Ryan Braun; left, Sandy Koufax.

Getting His Turn At Cardozo, Dershowitz Blasts Carter

Israel advocate says it was mistake to honor former president.

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Monday afternoon was payback time for Alan Dershowitz at Cardozo Law School, the scene of a recent award by students to former President Jimmy Carter for conflict resolution.

Dershowitz: “I am hated” by Jews on the left and right for his Mideast views, the Israel advocate said with a sense of pride.

Tim Boxer Meets Alan Dershowitz

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Alan Dershowitz, the Harvard law professor and Jewish activist, came direct from the White House to the 15th anniversary banquet of the Brownstone organization at the Manhattan Center on March 7. He was part of a group of Jewish leaders who met with President Barack Obama prior to his first visit to Israel on March 20.

Alan Dershowitz at the Brownstone dinner in Manhattan after meeting Obama in the White House. (Photo by Tim Boxer)

Obama To Jewish Leaders: Peace Prospects Are Bleak


President Obama believes prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace are “bleak,” but he still will urge both sides to avoid unilateral actions that might further damage a process he hopes will be back on track within a year.

That was the message Obama delivered Thursday in a meeting with about 25 Jewish community figures at the White House to discuss his planned trip to Israel later this month. Obama was especially engaged, participants said, when it came to discussing how he might best convey to the Israeli people his enthusiasm for Israel and its Jewish history.

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