The Case for Israel

Author(s): A. Dershowitz

Middle East Conflicts

"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


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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 Israel's 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)

Alan Dershowitz is a Felix Frankfurter professor of law at Harvard Law School, one of the nation's foremost appellate lawyers, and a distinguished defender of individual liberties. He appears frequently on television and writes numerous articles for the New York Times and other newspapers and magazines. His many books include the No.1 New York Times bestseller Chutzpah as well as The Vanishing American Jew, Why Terrorism Works, Shouting Fire, and, most recently, America Declares Independence, also from Wiley.

Acknowledgments.Introduction.1. Is Israel a Colonial, Imperialist State?2. Did European Jews Displace Palestinians?3. Was the Zionist Movement a Plot to Colonize All of Palestine?4. Was the Balfour Declaration Binding International Law?5. Were the Jews Unwilling to Share Palestine?6. Have the Jews Always Rejected the Two-State Solution?7. Have the Jews Exploited the Holocaust?8. Was the U.N. Partition Plan Unfair to Palestinians?.9. Were Jews a Minority in What Became Israel?10. Has Israel's Victimization of the Palestinians Been the Primary Cause of the Arab-Israeli Conflict?11. Was the Israeli War of Independence Expansionist Aggression?12. Did Israel Create the Arab Refugee Problem?13. Did Israel Start the Six-Day War?14. Was the Israeli Occupation without Justification?15. Was the Yom Kippur War Israel's Fault?16. Has Israel Made Serious Efforts at Peace?17. Was Arafat Right in Turning Down the Barak-Clinton Peace Proposal?18. Why Have More Palestinians Than Israelis Been Killed?19. Does Israel Torture Palestinians?20. Has Israel Engaged in Genocide against Palestinian Civilians?21. Is Israel a Racist State?22. Is the Israeli Occupation the Cause of All the Problems?23. Has Israel Denied the Palestinians Statehood?24. Is Israel's Policy of House Destruction Collective Punishment?25. Is Targeted Assassination of Terrorist Leaders Unlawful?26. Is Settlement in the West Bank and Gaza a Major Barrier to Peace?27. Is Terrorism Merely Part of a Cycle of Violence?28. Is Israel the Prime Human Rights Violator in the World?29. Is There Moral Equivalence between Palestinian Terrorists and Israeli Responses?30. Should Universities Divest from Israel and Boycott Israeli Scholars?31. Are Critics of Israel Anti-Semitic?32. Why Do So Many Jews and Even Israelis Side with the Palestinians?Conclusion: Israel-the Jew among Nations.Notes.Index.

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  • : August 2003
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