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The case for Israel
Dershowitz, Alan M.
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Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, [2003]

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vii, 264 pages : maps ; 25 cm
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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.

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Alan Dershowitz is a Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.

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Booklist Review

Dershowitz is one of the nation's most prominent and visible defense attorneys, and he is also an ardent, eloquent, but not always uncritical defender of Israel. This book is written in the form of a legal brief. He does not seek to defend particular policies of the current Israeli government. In fact, Dershowitz has frequently criticized some Israeli policies toward Palestinians, particularly regarding West Bank settlements. Rather, here he attempts to rebut what he views as the more general and blatantly discriminatory criticisms of Israel as a state and culture. Some of these criticisms deny the right of Israel to exist. In response, Dershowitz asserts both the practical and moral justification for the continued existence of Israel asewish state. He also convincingly refutes several other oft-repeated myths, including the supposedly benign treatment ofews in Arab lands and the cycle of violence canard that morally equates Palestinian suicide bombings with Israeli efforts to arrest or kill bombers before they act. As usual, Dershowitz is a passionate but generally fair and honest advocate for his position. --Jay Freeman Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

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

Library Journal Review

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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
1. Is Israel a Colonial, Imperialist State?p. 13
2. Did European Jews Displace Palestinians?p. 22
3. Was the Zionist Movement a Plot to Colonize All of Palestine?p. 29
4. Was the Balfour Declaration Binding International Law?p. 32
5. Were the Jews Unwilling to Share Palestine?p. 39
6. Have the Jews Always Rejected the Two-State Solution?p. 45
7. Have the Jews Exploited the Holocaust?p. 53
8. Was the U.N. Partition Plan Unfair to Palestinians?p. 63
9. Were Jews a Minority in What Became Israel?p. 67
10. Has Israel's Victimization of the Palestinians Been the Primary Cause of the Arab-Israeli Conflict?p. 70
11. Was the Israeli War of Independence Expansionist Aggression?p. 74
12. Did Israel Create the Arab Refugee Problem?p. 78
13. Did Israel Start the Six-Day War?p. 91
14. Was the Israeli Occupation without Justification?p. 95
15. Was the Yom Kippur War Israel's Fault?p. 100
16. Has Israel Made Serious Efforts at Peace?p. 104
17. Was Arafat Right in Turning Down the Barak-Clinton Peace Proposal?p. 117
18. Why Have More Palestinians Than Israelis Been Killed?p. 123
19. Does Israel Torture Palestinians?p. 134
20. Has Israel Engaged in Genocide against Palestinian Civilians?p. 140
21. Is Israel a Racist State?p. 154
22. Is the Israeli Occupation the Cause of All the Problems?p. 158
23. Has Israel Denied the Palestinians Statehood?p. 163
24. Is Israel's Policy of House Destruction Collective Punishment?p. 166
25. Is Targeted Assassination of Terrorist Leaders Unlawful?p. 173
26. Is Settlement in the West Bank and Gaza a Major Barrier to Peace?p. 176
27. Is Terrorism Merely Part of a Cycle of Violence?p. 178
28. Is Israel the Prime Human Rights Violator in the World?p. 181
29. Is There Moral Equivalence between Palestinian Terrorists and Israeli Responses?p. 189
30. Should Universities Divest from Israel and Boycott Israeli Scholars?p. 197
31. Are Critics of Israel Anti-Semitic?p. 208
32. 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