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The case for Israel /
Alan Dershowitz.
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Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley, c2003.
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vii, 264 p. : maps ; 25 cm.
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047146502X (cloth)
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Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley, c2003.
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047146502X (cloth)
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4994635
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Alan Dershowitz is a Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.
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Even as Israel boldly offers statehood to Palestinians in exchange for an enduring peace, many academics and activists-primarily but not exclusively from the hard left-have gone on the attack against Israel, deriding it as an imperialist power bent on oppressing the Palestinians. On prominent campuses across the United States and throughout the world, petitions circulate asking universities to divest holdings in Israel and to boycott Israeli Jews without regard to their individual views. Virulent opponents of Israel have accused that democracy of unspeakable human rights abuses, while many who believe otherwise remain silent. Now, in this impassioned and closely argued book, Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz sets the record straight and explains why Israel, while not perfect, is in fact the sole outpost of liberty and democracy in the Middle East-a country that has earned the right to exist within secure boundaries and defend itself.Drawing on scrupulous, unbiased research and his peerless skills as an advocate, Dershowitz conclusively refutes thirty-two separate slurs, slanders, and misrepresentations that have been hurled at Israel in recent years, including: Israel is a colonial, imperialist state The Jews have always rejected the two-state solution The Jews have exploited the Holocaust Israel's victimization of the Palestinians has been the primary cause of the Arab-Israeli conflict Israel created the Arab refugee problem Israel tortures Palestinians Israel's targeted assassinations of terrorist leaders are unlawful Israel is the "prime" human rights violator in the world Universities should divest from Israel and boycott Israeli scholarsIn demolishing these charges, Dershowitz documents how Israel was founded with the blessing of the United Nations-and how it was Arabs, not Israelis, who initiated thecycle of violence that still persists today. He proves that the division of Palestine between Israel and the Palestinians has long been accepted by Israel and rejected by most Arabs. He demonstrates why Israeli actions in the West Bank and Gaza are not motivated by territorial ambitions, but by the very real sense that Israel is under attack. And he shows how critics of Israel gloss over the terrorism, human rights abuses, and antidemocratic ideologies of other regimes in the region, substituting bigotry and veiled anti-Semitism for objective analysis. Well reasoned, hard-hitting, and provocative, The Case for Israel is essential reading for anyone who cares about Israel and the ongoing conflict in the Middle East.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2004-06-01:
In this era of escalating religious dogmatism and conflict in the Middle East, law professor and author Dershowitz uses scholarly research and analysis to try to establish some of the "facts" behind the rhetoric. Far from pretending that he is an unbiased observer of the situation, Dershowitz states his goal as demonstrating that Israel (and the Jews) are regularly attacked for not meeting ethical standards far more stringent than those required of any other group, including Palestinian Arabs, and that much of the oft-repeated anti-Israeli propaganda can be documented as lies. Each chapter begins with quotes taken from a variety of pro-Palestinian sources, followed by a discussion of relevant historical or political data, usually directly showing the inaccuracy of the quotes. This clear, legalistic approach should be compelling for any individual interested in facts. Unfortunately, the individuals most radically involved in perpetuating these myths are likely to be uninterested in rational analysis. In the current political and social climate, pro-Israel library patrons are far more likely to listen to this book than her opponents. Dershowitz has a lot of enthusiasm for his subject and obviously enjoys reading his own work. An interesting, highly informative book, and this (biased) reviewer recommends it for all but the smallest public and academic library collections.-I. Pour-El, Des Moines Area Community Coll., Boone, IA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2003-08-04:
Noting that he has been working on versions of these arguments since 1967, famed Harvard law professor Dershowitz offers "a proactive defense of Israel," a kind of amicus brief to "the court of public opinion." Not least among the exhibits are a WWII-era Muslim Palestinian leader who was "a full fledged Nazi war criminal, and he was so declared at Nuremberg"; a "vastly underpopulated" late 19th-century Palestine, to which European Jews began emigrating; and a 75-year-long Arab-Israeli war that features "Arab nations dedicated to genocidal aggression against civilians." Each of the 32 chapters begins with a commonly heard accusation against Israel, with long quotes from reputable "Accusers" (including newspapers and intellectuals), followed by "The Reality" as Dershowitz sees it, and "The Proof," often drawing on the historical record. With a 150,000 first printing, a $150,000 marketing budget, a Today Show appearance on September 4 and an author tour, expect lots of discussion. (Sept. 2) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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"...I recommend even more strongly [then The New Anti Semitism and A New Anti Semitism?] the handbook The Case for Israel..." ( Sunday Telegraph , 5 October 2003) "Dershowitz is especially effective at pointing to the hypocrisy of many of Israels critics." ( The New York Times - Book Review , November 9th, 2003) "...It should be read by all who seek to be genuinely informed on the Middle East conflict..." ( The Jewish Chronicle , 9 January 2004)
"Eric Hoffer wrote in the '60s about the phenomenon of the assimilated Jew who would, to prove his worth to his betters, oppose the state of Israel and call it conscience. I applaud Professor Dershowitz for his consistent, principled, and reasoned defense of Israel, and, so, of the Jewish people." ?David Mamet"In a world in which Israel seems always to be the accused, regardless of the facts, Alan Dershowitz's defense offers an oasis of sanity and straight talk. It may be too much to hope that Israel's accusers will read this powerful and persuasive response to their charges. It is not at all too much to ask that fair-minded observers do so." ?Floyd Abrams"Alan Dershowitz's detailed and penetrating analysis of the issues that fuel the continuing war in Israel should be read by everyone interested in reaching a fair conclusion as to how that tragic conflict should be ended. Every charge leveled by Israel's opponents is dealt with lucidly and convincingly by one of the nation's brightest minds and most effective advocates." ?Mario M. Cuomo"This is a powerful and brilliantly argued book by a life- long champion of law, freedom, and human rights. Dershowitz faces down the Big Lies one by one and proves that Israel is not guilty of colonialism, apartheid, or "Nazism." Anyone who cares about Israel'and about the truth'will find this essential, even life-saving reading." ?Phyllis Chesler Ph.D, author of The New Anti-Semitism: The Current Crisis and What We Can Do About It"In this important book, as in many of his writings, Alan Dershowitz remains an ardent and courageous defender of Israel and what the law stands for." ?Elie Wiesel"The Case for Israel is a marvelous primer for supporters of that beleaguered state who want to d efend Israel from the calamities falsely ascribed to it by its worldwide enemies. Dershowitz has summarized those false accusations and provided the facts, enabling the reader to respond to the anti-Semites and those who are hostile to Israel. More than a great read, it is essential if you want to be equipped to defend Israel in the world of conversation and debate." ?Edward I. Koch"The Case for Israel is indispensable reading for those of us who are deeply disturbed by the rise of anti-Semitism in American society, even on college campuses." -Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Chairman, Department of African and African-American Studies at Harvard
"Eric Hoffer wrote in the '60s about the phenomenon of the assimilated Jew who would, to prove his worth to his betters, oppose the state of Israel and call it conscience. I applaud Professor Dershowitz for his consistent, principled, and reasoned defense of Israel, and, so, of the Jewish people." ?David Mamet "In a world in which Israel seems always to be the accused, regardless of the facts, Alan Dershowitz's defense offers an oasis of sanity and straight talk. It may be too much to hope that Israel's accusers will read this powerful and persuasive response to their charges. It is not at all too much to ask that fair-minded observers do so." ?Floyd Abrams "Alan Dershowitz's detailed and penetrating analysis of the issues that fuel the continuing war in Israel should be read by everyone interested in reaching a fair conclusion as to how that tragic conflict should be ended. Every charge leveled by Israel's opponents is dealt with lucidly and convincingly by one of the nation's brightest minds and most effective advocates." ?Mario M. Cuomo "This is a powerful and brilliantly argued book by a life- long champion of law, freedom, and human rights. Dershowitz faces down the Big Lies one by one and proves that Israel is not guilty of colonialism, apartheid, or "Nazism." Anyone who cares about Israel'and about the truth'will find this essential, even life-saving reading." ?Phyllis Chesler Ph.D, author of The New Anti-Semitism: The Current Crisis and What We Can Do About It "In this important book, as in many of his writings, Alan Dershowitz remains an ardent and courageous defender of Israel and what the law stands for." ?Elie Wiesel "The Case for Israel is a marvelous primer for supporters of that beleaguered state who want to d efend Israel from the calamities falsely ascribed to it by its worldwide enemies. Dershowitz has summarized those false accusations and provided the facts, enabling the reader to respond to the anti-Semites and those who are hostile to Israel. More than a great read, it is essential if you want to be equipped to defend Israel in the world of conversation and debate." ?Edward I. Koch " The Case for Israel is indispensable reading for those of us who are deeply disturbed by the rise of anti-Semitism in American society, even on college campuses." -Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Chairman, Department of African and African-American Studies at Harvard
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"Alan Dershowitz's detailed and penetrating analysis of the issues that fuel the continuing war in Israel should be read by everyone interested in reaching a fair conclusion as to how that tragic conflict should be ended. Every charge leveled by Israel's opponents is dealt with lucidly and convincingly by one of the nation's brightest minds and most effective advocates." -Mario M. Cuomo "The Jewish nation of Israel stands accused in the dock of international justice. The charges include being a criminal state, the prime violator of human rights, the mirror-image of Nazism, and the most intransigent barrier to peace in the Middle East. Throughout the world-from the chambers of the United Nations, to the campuses of universities-Israel is singled out for condemnation, divestment, boycott, and demonization. Its leaders are threatened with prosecution as war criminals. Its supporters are charged with dual loyalty and parochialism. "The time has come for a proactive defense of Israel to be offered in the court of public opinion. In this book, I offer such a defense-not of every Israeli policy or action, but of its basic right to exist, to protect its citizens from terrorism, and to defend its borders from hostile enemies. I also try to present a realistic picture of Israel, warts and all, as a flourishing multiethnic democracy, similar in many ways to the United States, that affords all of its citizens-Jews, Muslims, and Christians-far better lives and opportunities than those afforded by any Arab or Muslim nation. Most important, I argue that those who single out Israel for unique criticism not directed against countries with far worse human rights records are themselves guilty of international bigotry. . . . But when the Jewish nation is the only one criticized for faults that are far worse among other nations, such criticism crosses the line from fair to foul, from acceptable to anti-Semitic." -from The Case for Israel
Bowker Data Service Summary
'The Case for Israel' defends Israel and its basic right to exist, to protect its citizens from terrorism, and to protect its borders from hostile enemies.
Long Description
"Alan Dershowitz's detailed and penetrating analysis of the issues that fuel the continuing war in Israel should be read by everyone interested in reaching a fair conclusion as to how that tragic conflict should be ended. Every charge leveled by Israel's opponents is dealt with lucidly and convincingly by one of the nation's brightest minds and most effective advocates."--Mario M. Cuomo"The Jewish nation of Israel stands accused in the dock of international justice. The charges include being a criminal state, the prime violator of human rights, the mirrorimage of Nazism, and the most intransigent barrier to peace in the Middle East. Throughout the world-from the chambers of the United Nations, to the campuses of universities-Israel is singled out for condemnation, divestment, boycott, and demonization. Its leaders are threatened with prosecution as war criminals. Its supporters are charged with dual loyalty and parochialism. "The time has come for a proactive defense of Israel to be offered in the court of public opinion. In this book, I offer such a defense-not of every Israeli policy or action, but of its basic right to exist, to protect its citizens from terrorism, and to defend its borders from hostile enemies. I also try to present a realistic picture of Israel, warts and all, as a flourishing multiethnic democracy, similar in many ways to the United States, that affords all of its citizens-Jews, Muslims, and Christians-far better lives and opportunities than those afforded by any Arab or Muslim nation. Most important, I argue that those who single out Israel for unique criticism not directed against countries with far worse human rights records are themselves guilty of international bigotry. . . . But when the Jewish nation is the only one criticized for faults that are far worse among other nations, such criticism crosses the line from fair to foul, from acceptable to antiSemitic."-from The Case for Israel
Main Description
The Case For Israel is a defense of Israel and its basic right to exist, to protect its citizens from terrorism and to defend its borders from hostile enemies, using a format that states the accusations leveled against Israel, and responds with hard facts backed by documentation. The Case For Israel sets the record straight in terms of the historical role Israel has played, presenting a passionate look at Israel in terms of what its accusers and detractors are saying. An essential book for readers interested in the Middle East conflict.
Main Description
The Case for Israel is an ardent defense of Israel's rights, supported by indisputable evidence. Presents a passionate look at what Israel's accusers and detractors are saying about this war-torn country. Dershowitz accuses those who attack Israel of international bigotry and backs up his argument with hard facts. Widely respected as a civil libertarian, legal educator, and defense attorney extraordinaire, Alan Dershowitz has also been a passionate though not uncritical supporter of Israel.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Is Israel a Colonial, Imperialist State?p. 13
Did European Jews Displace Palestinians?p. 22
Was the Zionist Movement a Plot to Colonize All of Palestine?p. 29
Was the Balfour Declaration Binding International Law?p. 32
Were the Jews Unwilling to Share Palestine?p. 39
Have the Jews Always Rejected the Two-State Solution?p. 45
Have the Jews Exploited the Holocaust?p. 53
Was the U.N. Partition Plan Unfair to Palestinians?p. 63
Were Jews a Minority in What Became Israel?p. 67
Has Israel's Victimization of the Palestinians Been the Primary Cause of the Arab-Israeli Conflict?p. 70
Was the Israeli War of Independence Expansionist Aggression?p. 74
Did Israel Create the Arab Refugee Problem?p. 78
Did Israel Start the Six-Day War?p. 91
Was the Israeli Occupation without Justification?p. 95
Was the Yom Kippur War Israel's Fault?p. 100
Has Israel Made Serious Efforts at Peace?p. 104
Was Arafat Right in Turning Down the Barak-Clinton Peace Proposal?p. 117
Why Have More Palestinians Than Israelis Been Killed?p. 123
Does Israel Torture Palestinians?p. 134
Has Israel Engaged in Genocide against Palestinian Civilians?p. 140
Is Israel a Racist State?p. 154
Is the Israeli Occupation the Cause of All the Problems?p. 158
Has Israel Denied the Palestinians Statehood?p. 163
Is Israel's Policy of House Destruction Collective Punishment?p. 166
Is Targeted Assassination of Terrorist Leaders Unlawful?p. 173
Is Settlement in the West Bank and Gaza a Major Barrier to Peace?p. 176
Is Terrorism Merely Part of a Cycle of Violence?p. 178
Is Israel the Prime Human Rights Violator in the World?p. 181
Is There Moral Equivalence between Palestinian Terrorists and Israeli Responses?p. 189
Should Universities Divest from Israel and Boycott Israeli Scholars?p. 197
Are Critics of Israel Anti-Semitic?p. 208
Why Do So Many Jews and Even Israelis Side with the Palestinians?p. 217
Conclusion: Israel--the Jew among Nationsp. 222
Notesp. 245
Indexp. 258
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