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The Case for Israel Paperback – August 1, 2004

ISBN-13: 072-3812697342 ISBN-10: 0471679526 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 265 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 1 edition (August 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471679526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471679523
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (219 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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.
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From Booklist

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 as Jewish state. He also convincingly refutes several other oft-repeated myths, including the supposedly benign treatment of Jews 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
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More About the Author

ALAN M. DERSHOWITZ is a 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,' and 'America's most public Jewish defender.' 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. While he is known for defending clients such as Anatoly Sharansky, Claus von B'low, O.J. Simpson, Michael Milken and Mike Tyson, he continues to represent numerous indigent defendants and takes half of his cases pro bono. Dershowitz is the author of 20 works of fiction and non-fiction, including 6 bestsellers. His writing has been praised by Truman Capote, Saul Bellow, David Mamet, William Styron, Aharon Appelfeld, A.B. Yehoshua and Elie Wiesel. More than a million of his books have been sold worldwide, in numerous languages, and more than a million people have heard him lecture around the world. His most recent nonfiction titles are The Case For Peace: How the Arab-Israeli Conflict Can be Resolved (August 2005, Wiley); Rights From Wrongs: A Secular Theory of the Origins of Rights (November 2004, Basic Books), The Case for Israel (September 2003, Wiley), America Declares Independence, Why Terrorism Works, Shouting Fire, Letters to a Young Lawyer, Supreme Injustice, and The Genesis of Justice. His novels include The Advocate's Devil and Just Revenge. Dershowitz is also the author of The Vanishing American Jew, The Abuse Excuse, Reasonable Doubts, Chutzpah (a #1 bestseller), Reversal of Fortune (which was made into an Academy Award-winning film), Sexual McCarthyism and The Best Defense.

Customer Reviews

I am still in the process of reading this book.
Yang Li
Dershowitz makes many other incredibly powerful points, and, in my opinion, successfully refutes all of the arguments against Israel that he puts forward in his book.
Third Dershowitz claims that Israel has never been accused of war crime by human rights organizations, but infact they have been accused of that many times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JPP Smorenburg on May 17, 2014
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Law Professor Alan Dershowitz brings a totally convincing case for Israel. He brings to the fore 32 common accusations against Israel, that are each deconstructed as follows in segments. - The Accusation, - The Accusers, - The Reality, - The Proof. The separate final conclusion is a very strong, unemotional, restrained argument. Exhaustive references are provided. Professor Dershowitz is not above critical words on Israel, on the contrary. He does prove, fully documented and verifiable, that Israel is singled out for criticism for wrongs that most states commit regularly and without such intense disapproval. The reasons for this take us back to dark days. I urge anyone that is annoyed by Israel, or Zionism, or Israel's stance toward its neighbours, or see it as a grave offender to read this side of the argument. I guarantee you will see things at least differently. This book comes Highly Recommended.
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68 of 101 people found the following review helpful By "chrisj62954" on September 29, 2003
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If you're a true Liberal (classic meaning), you'll want to investigate the pros and cons of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict yourself. That means reading items you may not like or agree with.
Be a free thinker with an open mind. Get this book and look at the points it makes. If you agree or disagree, you'll come away with more knowledge than when you started. Liberals and free thinkers should never be afraid to expose themselves to new ideas.
Don't be put off buying this book because it's written by a lawyer. I was doubtful, at first, if it would be a good read or dry and dusty. It's very well written and easy to digest. It's not written in 'lawyerese'.
It's very important to understand this ME conflict. The US is involved in the ME. This conflict comes up again and again.
Don't depend on the news to give you an understanding of the conflict. Use this book to further your understanding. Even if you disagree with it, you'll have knowledge of what some of the "other side's" arguments are.
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63 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Gross on October 26, 2003
Format: Hardcover
In The Case for Israel, Alan Dershowitz addresses the numerous accusations made against Israel, and responds with facts and context. He shows that many of Israel's opponents who "can see no right on the side of Israel and no wrong on the side of those who would seek to destroy the Jewish state" are either ignorant of the Middle East or malevolent in their intentions.
The theme pervading throughout this book is introduced on page 11: Israel is subject to a unique double standard of judgment and criticism for its actions in defending its very existence. If the Jewish state were judged by the same standard as every other nation, Israel would be at or near the top of the list in terms of civil liberties, human rights, and every other test of morality and justice.
One example of this double-standard is the inordinate scrutiny by the United Nations regarding Israeli control of the West Bank and Gaza. The Tibetans, the Kurds, the Basques, and dozens of other stateless peoples have much stronger claims to statehood than do the Palestinians. The Tibetans and Kurds have been treated far more brutally by their occupiers than have the Palestinians. The Tibetans have never resorted to terrorism. The UN has never condemned China or recognized the rights of Tibetans, Kurds, Basques, or the others. Only the Palestinians have resorted to terrorism as a primary method for seeking independence. Only the Palestinians have been offered a state (three times) and only the Palestinians have rejected a state (three times).
Dershowitz provides extensive documentation for the facts, with over 500 footnotes - many of them from pro-Palestinian and other Arab sources, or American and international media sources.
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18 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Harvey S. Karten on August 16, 2003
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Review: The Case for Israel by Alan Dershowitz
Considering the complexities of the Middle East, Alan Dershowitz's "The Case for Israel" makes for easy reading, which is not to say that the author dumbs down his prose. Avoiding legal jargon, Dershowitz presents a series of rational arguments to counter those criticisms of the Jewish State which to him appear without merit. Since the author is Jewish, he could legitimately be accused of some bias. Yet some Jewish intellectuals, including Noam Chomsky, Rabbi Michael Lerner and Norman Finkelstein make a case for the other side as do numbers of Jewish students on our nation's campuses.
Instead of setting down an essay to expound the case, he devotes a small chapter to each criticism of Israel and proceeds in legalistic prose to attack those rejoinders. Among the most important units are: 1) Have the Jews Exploited the Holocaust? 2) Did Israel Create the Arab Refugee Problem? 3) Was Arafat Right in Turning Down the Barak-Clinton Peace Proposal? 4) Is Israel a Racist State? 5) Is There Moral Equivalence between Palestinian Terrorists and Israeli Responses? 6) Are Critics of Israel Anti-Semites?
Dershowitz points out that while the extreme right (Nazis, Fascists, and other hate-groups) have been the traditional enemies of Israel, today the Far Left finds it fashionable to condemn Israeli actions in the Middle East if not the very existence of the Jewish state. While the author finds nothing wrong with criticizing some Israeli policies such as the building of settlements, those critics who single out Israel's warts in a world that bears witness to genocidal conflicts in areas like Rwanda, Bosnia, and the Congo may indeed be guilty of anti-Semitism.
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