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Alan Dershowitz turns the tables on Sean Spicer’s critics – Power Line (blog)

Last night, I wrote about the over-the-top criticism of Sean Spicers misstatement about Hitler and the use of chemical weapons. Spicer shouldnt have compared Hitler favorably to Assad on this score, but to suggest that his comment shows latent anti-Semitism, or makes him a Holocaust denier, is slanderous.

Alan Dershowitz agrees. Indeed, he takes the analysis further, finding that those trying to make political hay out of Spicers misstatement are the ones showing insufficient sensitivity to the Holocaust.

Dershowitz writes:

The politicization of the Holocaust dishonors the memory of the six million. Sean Spicer made a serious mistake when he compared Bashar Assad to Hitler, and to make matters worse, he got his facts wrong. He quickly and fully apologized. There was no hint of anti-Semitism in his historical mistake and his apology should have ended the matter. But his political enemies decided to exploit his mistake by pandering to Jews. In doing so, it is they who are exploiting the memory of the six million during the Passover Holiday.

Foremost among the exploiters is the Democratic National Committee:

The Democratic National Committee issued a rebuke with the headline We will not stand for anti-Semitism. Its content included the following: Denying the atrocities committed by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime is a tried and true tactic used by Neo-Nazis and white supremacists groups that have become emboldened since Donald Trump first announced his campaign for president.

By placing Hitler and Trump in the same sentence, the DNC committed a mistake similar to that for which they justly criticized Spicer.

Moreover, the DNC itself, is co-chaired by a man who for many years did stand for anti-Semitism namely Keith Ellison, who stood by the notorious anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan, while denying that he was aware of Farrakhans very public Jew-hatred. It is the epitome of Chutzpah for the DNC to falsely accuse Spicer of standing by anti-Semitism while it is they who are co-chaired by a man who committed that sin.

In another display of Chutzpah, Jeremy Ben Ami of J Street, an organization that supports Keith Ellison, characterized Spicers statement as unforgivable. I do not recall him saying that Ellisons collaboration with a notorious anti-Semite was unforgivable. Indeed, Ben Ami quickly forgave him and continues to support him.

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Few will be surprised that Nancy Pelosi is also exploiting the Holocaust for political purposes:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi falsely accused Spicer of downplaying the horror of the Holocaust. But by leveling that false accusation, Pelosi herself is exploiting the tragedy.

Heres the main difference between Spicers statement and the Democrats response:

Spicer gaffe was not in any way premeditated, whereas the exploitation by his enemies was carefully calculated for political gain.

Dershowitz concludes:

The fight against bigotry is a bi-partisan issue and must not be exploited for political gain. The partisan over-reaction to Spicers mistake dishonored the memory of the six million.

Unfortunately, I doubt there is any such thing as a bi-partisan issue these days. Not for the Democrats and not for a great many Republicans. Statements and positions are rarely judged based on their merit; instead they are judged based on which side said or took them.

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Dershowitz: The Supreme Court is Not That Important | Fox Business – Fox Business

The GOP launched the nuclear option to pave the way for the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch on Thursday.

Famed Harvard Law Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz, however, said the Supreme Court is not that important of an institution.

Once a decade they really decide a case that has a major impact on the life of Americans, he said during an interview on FOX Business.

Dershowitz used the 2016 presidential election as an example.

Everybody went crazy, Citizens United, look who won the election? Donald Trump spending a fraction of what Hillary Clinton spent. Has that impacted American politics? Not so much, he said. I think a lot of the Supreme Court decisions are overrated. We are a democracy. In the end the people govern.

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Several outlets have reporteda presentation at the AIPAC conference last week: when Alan Dershowitz came on to the stage to tout an Israeli company that sells a device that pulls water out of thin air as the best answer to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign aimed at Israel.

I believe there is no weapon more powerful in the fight against BDS than for Israel to develop technologies that the world cannot live without.

Dersh was introduced by Elliot Brandt of AIPAC (at 1:45:00 in the video), and got very enthused. Heres what he said:

Im here because Im a passionate Zionist who believes that no country in the history of the world has contributed more to lifesaving technology in a mere 69 years than the nation of Israel. And Im here because I spend so much of my life fighting against BDS and delegitimation of Israel, andI believe there is no weapon more powerful in the fight against BDS than for Israel to develop technologies that the world cannot live without. You cannot boycott products that you cannot live without!

We have a crisis in the world today. Two thirds of the world has water scarcity. This can cause disruptions, instability, destabilization. This poses strategic challenges to the United States Israel can do something to help stop that crisis!

What you do is, what this great new innovation from Water Gen does, you literally take drinkable water out of thin air.

Thats what Israel does! It turns science fiction into life saving reality. Thats the story of Israel! This is amazing!

[The two men then sip from glasses of water produced by the device]

It will help humanitarian disasters around the world This technology could have given water to the people of Flint and the people of New Orleans. It can also have military uses. It can be put in the back of Humvees

Israeli innovation for the last 69 years has produced products that the world cant live without! Drip agriculture. So many other products. We learn from the Talmud that who saves a single human life its as if they saved the whole world. But its better to save the whole world, and Israel can do that through its water technology and this great innovation!..

Lets see Israel go forward for the next 69 years and save even more and more lives and become a light unto the nations.

Nothing against Israeli innovation, but like the famous drip irrigation, a brief online search shows thatAtmospheric Water Generationis an established field of innovation, globally.

Large claims have been made for commercial air-to-water devices going back to 2009, according to Australian scientists. This 2016 Toyota produces drinkable water at a faster rate than the Israeli device. Back in 2007, the Wall Street Journal gave an innovation award to a Florida company that was working on such a device for the driest parts of the world, noting, Similar systems work effectively only in places with high humidity. This German company has also been marketingsuch a machine. The Times mentions a US patent back in 2001.

Germans, Australians, Japanese, Americans it seems that Israelis are not the only folks interested in water generation

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Alan Dershowitz: Americans Are ‘Victims’ in Gorsuch Fight – Newsmax

Famed civil rights attorney Alan Dershowitz told Newsmax TV on Tuesday “the victims are the American people” as Democrats move to filibuster the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

“He’s not the guy I would’ve picked for the Supreme Court, but he’s qualified,” the Harvard Law School professor emeritus told “Newsmax Prime” host Miranda Khan.

“There should’ve been an Obama seat to fill but in the end, the Democrats don’t help the American people by filibustering and then getting the Republicans to invoke the nuclear option.

“If they’re going to do it, they ought to save it for the next seat,” Dershowitz added.

“Who knows? The next seat may occur in the last year of the Trump presidency and then they’ll have a strong argument to make based on what the Republicans did” regarding former Obama nominee Merrick Garland.

“Right now, they’re wasting a very important bullet on a Supreme Court nominee and I think it will backfire.

“I’m embarrassed for the Democrats,” he said.

“They’re handling the Trump administration so poorly. The victims are the American people.”

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Regarding former National Security Adviser Susan Rice’s denial of leaking identities of Trump officials in surveillance reports, Dershowitz said she did contradict her previous statements on the issue, but she “probably” did nothing illegal.

“The line between politics and national security is often blurred,” he told Khan. “People in the White House think their own political futures are essential to the national security of the country.

“They always think that electing their opponents will destroy the national security of the country.

“So, there’s nothing criminal here but just be very skeptical when anybody says, ‘Yeah, we got the information, but we didn’t use it for political purposes.’

“That’s just not credible.”

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Alan Dershowitz: ‘Intersectionality’ is a code word for anti-Semitism – Washington Examiner

What do the terrorist group Hamas and the anti-violence group Black Lives Matter have in common? What does the democracy of Israel have in common with the anti-Semitic Ku Klux Klan? What does the Islamic Republic of Iran, which throws gays off rooftops, have in common with gay rights activists? What do feminists have in common with radical Islamic sexists who support the honor killing and genital mutilation of women? Nothing of course. Unless you subscribe to the pseudo-academic concept of intersectionality. Intersectionality the radical academic theory, which holds that all forms of social oppression are inexorably linked has become a code word for anti-American, anti-Western, anti-Israel and anti-Semitic bigotry.

Nowhere has adoption of this radical paradigm been more pronounced than on college campuses where, in the name of “identity politics” and “solidarity,” intersectionality has forced artificial coalitions between causes that have nothing to do with each other except a hatred for their fellow students who are “privileged” because they are white, heterosexual, male and especially Jewish.

Students at the University of Illinois recently took to social media to express their distress after flyers were plastered around campus calling for the “end of Jewish privilege.” The flyer stated in bold letters that: “ending white privilege starts with ending Jewish privilege.” The posters had outlines of silhouettes with Stars of David printed out, and an arrow pointing to them with the accompanying caption “the 1%.” Although some of the posters identified Black Lives Matter as sponsors, it is not clear whether they were distributed by extreme right-wing groups using hard-left anti-Semitic tropes or by hard-left anti-Semites. In some respects, it does not really matter because many on the hard-right and hard-left share a disdain for Jews, their nation state and so called “Jewish privilege.”

The very concept of “privilege” the idea that white people benefit from certain privileges in Western society, compared to non-whites living in the same social, political and economic environment has a long and complex history in the United States. The subjugation of black Americans, and other non-whites, is an endemic problem that requires far-reaching legislative and grassroots action. By attributing this domestic social problem to so-called “Jewish privilege,” radicals are engaging in traditional economic anti-Semitism; attributing far-reaching societal problems to Jewish status, occupation or economic performance.

This practice resembles the vile, anti-Semitic propaganda of the 1930s, when splashed across Der Spiegel was blaming Jews and so called disproportionate Jewish wealth for Germany’s losing WWI and the country’s subsequent economic downturn. Canards about Jews controlling world finances first promulgated by the Tsarist forgery, “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” was anti-Semitic back then and it is anti-Semitic today, whether espoused by the extreme left or right.

There is no more evidence that Jews are responsible for economic or social inequality in contemporary America than there is for Jews being responsible for any of the other crimes that formed the basis for traditional blood libels. Indeed, Jews disproportionately support racial equality and other liberal causes. Most successful Jews, like most successful people of other religions and ethnicities, earned this success by hard work, not special privilege. I certainly did not begin life with any privilege despite finishing first in my class at Yale Law School, I was rejected by all 32 of the law firms to which I applied.

The linking of unrelated “victimizations,” despite their tenuous connections, is reflective of a broader trend in hard-left politics, whereby increasingly, radical activists demand that the demonization of “Zionists”often used as a euphemism for Jews be included, indeed featured, in the package of causes that must to be embraced by anyone claiming the label of “progressive.” Lumping seemingly disparate groups under the “umbrella of oppression” leads to the forming of alliances between causes that at best, have nothing to do with each other, and at worst, are averse to one another’s stated mission. Their only common feature is that to join, they must demonize the nation state of the Jewish people.

Some intersectional feminists involved with the recent Women’s March on Washington, for example, purport to be natural allies with anti-Israel Muslim groups that tolerate, if not accept, the “honor killings” and genital mutilation of women. Similarly, Jewish Voices for Peace (JVP) an organization that calls for “an end to violence against civilians, and peace and justice for all peoples of the Middle East” invited Rasmieh Odeh, a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and convicted terrorist, to appear as a speaker at its national conference later this month.

The idea of Odeh a terrorist who quite literally has blood on her hands speaking for a Jewish organization that claims to propagate peace, flies in the face of logic. Fortunately, Odeh is being deported for perjuriously failing to disclose her murder conviction. Perhaps peace-loving members of JVP will have to applaud her on Skype.

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The following are among many examples of radical leftists conflating unrelated grievances. Consider the linking of our government’s handling of the Flint water crisis to the “severe” water crisis in Gaza. Black Lives Matter activists have visited Gaza to express solidarity with the terrorist group Hamas, and with Palestinians oppressed by so-called racist Israeli self-defense measures. While Black Lives Matter claims to disavow violence in securing its political objectives, many of its most prominent members are far more eager to criticize the “Israeli genocide of Palestinians” than to criticize Hamas for using rockets to target Israeli civilians.

During a recent interview on PBS’s Charlie Rose program, Jonathan Haidt (social psychologist and Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business) had this to say about the conflation of various left-wing causes under the banner of intersectionality:

“…There is a good kind of identity politics, which is, you know, if black people are being denied rights, let’s fight for their rights, that’s the good kind. But there is a bad kind, which is to train students, train young people to say let’s divide everybody up by their race, gender, other categories. We’ll assign them morale merit based on their level of privilege is bad, and victimhood is good. Okay, now let’s look at everything through this lens. Israel, the Palestinians are the victims. So therefore, they are the good and the Jews or the Israelis are the bad… [T]here is one totalizing perspective. All social problems get reduced to this simple framework. I think we are doing them a disservice. I think we’re actually making students less wise.”

There is a certain irony of many feminists and gay-rights activists refusing to condemn the sexism and homophobia in the Arab world. Increasingly, they try and force other progressives to adopt a “No True Scotsman” worldview, in which they are made to feel that to be a “true progressive,” one must embrace a wide variety of so-called hard-left causes, regardless of how unrelated they may be as long as they also condemn Israel.

The essence of anti-Semitism is the bigoted claim that if there is a problem, then Jews must be its cause.

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Hitler started by blaming Jews for Germany’s economic downturn. Today, many hard-left activists explicitly or implicitly blame Jews and Zionists for many of the evils of the world. All decent people must join in calling out intersectionality for what it is: a euphemism for anti-American, anti-Semitic and anti-Israel bigotry. Exposing and condemning “intersectionality” for the bigotry that it represents is critical to ensuring that those repressive extremists, who falsely claim the mantle of progressivism, are not able to hijack important liberal causes in support of their own bigoted agenda.

Alan Dershowitz (@AlanDersh) is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Emeritus, at Harvard Law School and author of “Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law” and “Electile Dysfunction: A Guide for the Unaroused Voter.” This article was previously published by the Gatestone Institute.

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Alan Dershowitz on Flynn’s Offer: ‘A Three-Dimensional Chess Game’ – Newsmax

Famed civil rights attorney Alan Dershowitz Friday likened the fray surrounding Michael Flynn’s offer to testify with immunity before Congress on Russia to “a three-dimensional chess game” saying that the former national security adviser’s offer might be harkening back to the Oliver North case during the Iran-Contra affair of the 1980s.

“I have never heard of a case in 50 years of practice where the defense publicly states that it is actively seeking immunity,” the Harvard Law School professor emeritus told Anderson Cooper on CNN. “Normally, these negotiations occur behind closed doors.

“Now, the defendant has no choice. He can’t accept or reject immunity. He has to testify if he is given immunity.”

But Dershowitz then mentioned the case of North, the former U.S. Marine who was linked to Iran-Contra during the Reagan administration.

In July 1987, North testified with immunity before a special congressional panel investigating the scandal. He disclosed his role and other information about the affair.

He was later indicted and tried on 16 felony counts in 1988 but was convicted of three the following year.

However, since North had received immunity for his testimony, the law barred prosecutors from using that information as evidence against him.

North’s convictions, as a result, were reversed and a federal judge dismissed all charges against him in 1991.

In the case of Flynn, “the prosecution and the Senate and the House can have their cake and eat it, too,” Dershowitz said.

“They can wait a while, get more information, get more evidence, put it in a lock box, and time-stamp it. Then, eventually, give Flynn immunity.

“He would then have to testify and they can still prosecute him based on the information they had before he testifies.”

But, the retired professor, added: “It also could be a bluff.

“It also could be that Flynn really doesn’t want to testify.

“He goes public,” Dershowitz posed. “He pressures the Senate and House into saying, ‘We don’t want you to get immunity.’

“At that point, he is the good guy, offering to testify and they’re the bad guys,” he concluded. “So, it’s very hard at this point to figure out exactly what the strategy is.”

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Alan Dershowitz: Trump believes Palestinians are ready to deal … – Washington Examiner

President Trump thinks the Palestinians are ready to negotiate a peace deal with the Israelis, Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz said.

“The president told me he thinks Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas wants to get a deal with Israel and that he [Trump] thinks that the time is ripe for a deal and that it is possible,” Dershowitz told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, comments he confirmed to the Washington Examiner.

Dershowitz, a friend of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, reportedly passed that message to Netanyahu after talking to Trump at the president’s resort at Mar-a-Lago. The exchange suggests that Trump wants to restart a process that has stymied U.S. presidents, most recently the Obama administration, which increasingly blamed Netanyahu’s administration for the failure of the talks and allowed the United Nations Security Council to censure Israel in December.

“He knows very well the possible elements of the deal,” Dershowitz added.

The deal has proven elusive, despite then-Secretary of State John Kerry’s high-profile attempt to broker an agreement in Obama’s second term. He faulted Israel for allowing the construction of settlements which presented an “obstacle to peace” in December, weeks ahead of an anti-Israel resolution passing the UN Security Council.

“The Israeli prime minister publicly supports a two-state solution, but his current coalition is the most right-wing in Israeli history, with an agenda driven by the most extreme elements,” Kerry said in a speech explaining the Obama team’s refusal to veto the resolution. “The result is that policies of this government, which the prime minister himself just described as more committed to settlements than any in Israel’s history, are leading in the opposite direction. They’re leading towards one state.”

Trump’s team made a series of symbolic moves to signal that “the days of Israel-bashing are over,” as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told AIPAC, but the resumption of peace talks will test their negotiating skills. There is a bipartisan skepticism of the Palestinian leadership, due to their support for terrorism, even among critics of Israel’s settlement policies.

“The Palestinians have, time and time again, choked even when they could have gotten a really good deal,” Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Va., a member of the Foreign Affairs committee, told the Washington Examiner.

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Trump Tells Dershowitz ‘Time Is Ripe’ for Mideast Peace – New York Magazine

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President Trump is ready to check peace in the Middle East off his to-do list and believes the time is ripe for such a deal. Harvard Law School professor and high-priced defense attorney Alan Dershowitz says Trump told him as much after a recent run-in at Mar-a-Lago. Trump reportedly then asked Dershowitz to communicate the message to Benjamin Netanyahu, Israels prime minister.

So thats what Dershowitz did, according to reporting from Haaretz. Dershowitz would not tell the paper about his conversation with Netanyahu, which followed the Trump meeting, but he did spill the beans on his talk with Trump, which came after the supposedly unexpected sighting at Trumps Florida club.

Dershowitz was there with Christopher Ruddy, CEO of right-wing news site Newsmax. Trump spoke to both men while they were eating and later had a tte–tte with Dershowitz where they discussed how easy Trump thinks it will be to achieve peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

The president told me he thinks Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas wants to get a deal with Israel and that he [Trump] thinks that the time is ripe for a deal and that it is possible, Dershowitz told Haaretz. He added that Trump said he loves Israel and likes Netanyahu.

Just in case Trump reads the Haaretz piece, Dershowitz also did a little brown-nosing, telling the reporter that Trump was very well-informed on the issue and highly knowledgable about the components of a potential deal.

If youre wondering how Jared Kushner, whom Trump has previously said is the best possible person to broker peace to the Middle East, fits into all of this, the answers remains unclear. On the same day that Dershowitz and Trump were talking about the prospects for peace, Kushner was arriving in Aspen for a family vacation.

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At AIPAC Conference, Alan Dershowitz Helps Unveil Israeli Water-Making Machine; Says ‘You Can’t Boycott Products … – Algemeiner

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A Water-Gen large-scale water generator. Photo: Water-Gen.

JNS.org In a showcase of cutting-edge Israeli innovation at a Sunday session of the AIPAC Policy Conference, renowned lawyer Alan Dershowitz assisted in the unveiling of a machine that extracts and purifies water from air.

The Water-Gen machine, which can producebetween 15 and 20 liters of drinking water per day, can be a boon for regions lacking portable drinking water, Dershowitz noted.

There is no weapon more powerful in the fight against BDS than for Israel to develop technologies that the world cannot live without, he added.You cannot boycott products that you cant live without.

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During the presentation at a Washington, DC convention center,AIPAC National Managing Director Elliot Brandtrecalled Zionist leader Theodor Herzlsdreams of Israeli innovation.

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Alan Dershowitz turns the tables on Sean Spicer’s critics – Power Line (blog)

Last night, I wrote about the over-the-top criticism of Sean Spicers misstatement about Hitler and the use of chemical weapons. Spicer shouldnt have compared Hitler favorably to Assad on this score, but to suggest that his comment shows latent anti-Semitism, or makes him a Holocaust denier, is slanderous. Alan Dershowitz agrees. Indeed, he takes the analysis further, finding that those trying to make political hay out of Spicers misstatement are the ones showing insufficient sensitivity to the Holocaust. Dershowitz writes: The politicization of the Holocaust dishonors the memory of the six million. Sean Spicer made a serious mistake when he compared Bashar Assad to Hitler, and to make matters worse, he got his facts wrong. He quickly and fully apologized. There was no hint of anti-Semitism in his historical mistake and his apology should have ended the matter. But his political enemies decided to exploit his mistake by pandering to Jews. In doing so, it is they who are exploiting the memory of the six million during the Passover Holiday. Foremost among the exploiters is the Democratic National Committee: The Democratic National Committee issued a rebuke with the headline We will not stand for anti-Semitism. Its content included the following: Denying the atrocities committed by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime is a tried and true tactic used by Neo-Nazis and white supremacists groups that have become emboldened since Donald Trump first announced his campaign for president. By placing Hitler and Trump in the same sentence, the DNC committed a mistake similar to that for which they justly criticized Spicer. Moreover, the DNC itself, is co-chaired by a man who for many years did stand for anti-Semitism namely Keith Ellison, who stood by the notorious anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan, while denying that he was aware of Farrakhans very public Jew-hatred. It is the epitome of Chutzpah for the DNC to falsely accuse Spicer of standing by anti-Semitism while it is they who are co-chaired by a man who committed that sin. In another display of Chutzpah, Jeremy Ben Ami of J Street, an organization that supports Keith Ellison, characterized Spicers statement as unforgivable. I do not recall him saying that Ellisons collaboration with a notorious anti-Semite was unforgivable. Indeed, Ben Ami quickly forgave him and continues to support him. (Emphasis added) Few will be surprised that Nancy Pelosi is also exploiting the Holocaust for political purposes: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi falsely accused Spicer of downplaying the horror of the Holocaust. But by leveling that false accusation, Pelosi herself is exploiting the tragedy. Heres the main difference between Spicers statement and the Democrats response: Spicer gaffe was not in any way premeditated, whereas the exploitation by his enemies was carefully calculated for political gain. Dershowitz concludes: The fight against bigotry is a bi-partisan issue and must not be exploited for political gain. The partisan over-reaction to Spicers mistake dishonored the memory of the six million. Unfortunately, I doubt there is any such thing as a bi-partisan issue these days. Not for the Democrats and not for a great many Republicans. Statements and positions are rarely judged based on their merit; instead they are judged based on which side said or took them. Via Hot Air.

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The GOP launched the nuclear option to pave the way for the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch on Thursday. Famed Harvard Law Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz, however, said the Supreme Court is not that important of an institution. Once a decade they really decide a case that has a major impact on the life of Americans, he said during an interview on FOX Business. Dershowitz used the 2016 presidential election as an example. Everybody went crazy, Citizens United, look who won the election? Donald Trump spending a fraction of what Hillary Clinton spent. Has that impacted American politics? Not so much, he said. I think a lot of the Supreme Court decisions are overrated. We are a democracy. In the end the people govern. In his opinion, there should also be fewer justices on the bench. Continue Reading Below ADVERTISEMENT I dont want nine people to be governing the United States. I think we should be skeptical of the Supreme Court and of judges.

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Dershowitz gets drunk on water – Mondoweiss

Several outlets have reporteda presentation at the AIPAC conference last week: when Alan Dershowitz came on to the stage to tout an Israeli company that sells a device that pulls water out of thin air as the best answer to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign aimed at Israel. I believe there is no weapon more powerful in the fight against BDS than for Israel to develop technologies that the world cannot live without. Dersh was introduced by Elliot Brandt of AIPAC (at 1:45:00 in the video), and got very enthused. Heres what he said: Im here because Im a passionate Zionist who believes that no country in the history of the world has contributed more to lifesaving technology in a mere 69 years than the nation of Israel. And Im here because I spend so much of my life fighting against BDS and delegitimation of Israel, andI believe there is no weapon more powerful in the fight against BDS than for Israel to develop technologies that the world cannot live without. You cannot boycott products that you cannot live without! We have a crisis in the world today. Two thirds of the world has water scarcity. This can cause disruptions, instability, destabilization. This poses strategic challenges to the United States Israel can do something to help stop that crisis! What you do is, what this great new innovation from Water Gen does, you literally take drinkable water out of thin air. Thats what Israel does! It turns science fiction into life saving reality. Thats the story of Israel! This is amazing! [The two men then sip from glasses of water produced by the device] It will help humanitarian disasters around the world This technology could have given water to the people of Flint and the people of New Orleans. It can also have military uses. It can be put in the back of Humvees Israeli innovation for the last 69 years has produced products that the world cant live without! Drip agriculture. So many other products. We learn from the Talmud that who saves a single human life its as if they saved the whole world. But its better to save the whole world, and Israel can do that through its water technology and this great innovation!.. Lets see Israel go forward for the next 69 years and save even more and more lives and become a light unto the nations. Nothing against Israeli innovation, but like the famous drip irrigation, a brief online search shows thatAtmospheric Water Generationis an established field of innovation, globally. Large claims have been made for commercial air-to-water devices going back to 2009, according to Australian scientists. This 2016 Toyota produces drinkable water at a faster rate than the Israeli device. Back in 2007, the Wall Street Journal gave an innovation award to a Florida company that was working on such a device for the driest parts of the world, noting, Similar systems work effectively only in places with high humidity. This German company has also been marketingsuch a machine. The Times mentions a US patent back in 2001. Germans, Australians, Japanese, Americans it seems that Israelis are not the only folks interested in water generation Thanks to Scott Roth.

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Alan Dershowitz: Americans Are ‘Victims’ in Gorsuch Fight – Newsmax

Famed civil rights attorney Alan Dershowitz told Newsmax TV on Tuesday “the victims are the American people” as Democrats move to filibuster the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. “He’s not the guy I would’ve picked for the Supreme Court, but he’s qualified,” the Harvard Law School professor emeritus told “Newsmax Prime” host Miranda Khan. “There should’ve been an Obama seat to fill but in the end, the Democrats don’t help the American people by filibustering and then getting the Republicans to invoke the nuclear option. “If they’re going to do it, they ought to save it for the next seat,” Dershowitz added. “Who knows? The next seat may occur in the last year of the Trump presidency and then they’ll have a strong argument to make based on what the Republicans did” regarding former Obama nominee Merrick Garland. “Right now, they’re wasting a very important bullet on a Supreme Court nominee and I think it will backfire. “I’m embarrassed for the Democrats,” he said. “They’re handling the Trump administration so poorly. The victims are the American people.” See Miranda KhanonNewsmax TV: Tune in beginning at 8PM ET to see “Newsmax Prime” on FiOS 615, YouTube Livestream, Newsmax TV App from any smartphone, NewsmaxTV.com, Roku, Amazon Fire More Systems Here Regarding former National Security Adviser Susan Rice’s denial of leaking identities of Trump officials in surveillance reports, Dershowitz said she did contradict her previous statements on the issue, but she “probably” did nothing illegal. “The line between politics and national security is often blurred,” he told Khan. “People in the White House think their own political futures are essential to the national security of the country. “They always think that electing their opponents will destroy the national security of the country. “So, there’s nothing criminal here but just be very skeptical when anybody says, ‘Yeah, we got the information, but we didn’t use it for political purposes.’ “That’s just not credible.” 2017 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

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Alan Dershowitz: ‘Intersectionality’ is a code word for anti-Semitism – Washington Examiner

What do the terrorist group Hamas and the anti-violence group Black Lives Matter have in common? What does the democracy of Israel have in common with the anti-Semitic Ku Klux Klan? What does the Islamic Republic of Iran, which throws gays off rooftops, have in common with gay rights activists? What do feminists have in common with radical Islamic sexists who support the honor killing and genital mutilation of women? Nothing of course. Unless you subscribe to the pseudo-academic concept of intersectionality. Intersectionality the radical academic theory, which holds that all forms of social oppression are inexorably linked has become a code word for anti-American, anti-Western, anti-Israel and anti-Semitic bigotry. Nowhere has adoption of this radical paradigm been more pronounced than on college campuses where, in the name of “identity politics” and “solidarity,” intersectionality has forced artificial coalitions between causes that have nothing to do with each other except a hatred for their fellow students who are “privileged” because they are white, heterosexual, male and especially Jewish. Students at the University of Illinois recently took to social media to express their distress after flyers were plastered around campus calling for the “end of Jewish privilege.” The flyer stated in bold letters that: “ending white privilege starts with ending Jewish privilege.” The posters had outlines of silhouettes with Stars of David printed out, and an arrow pointing to them with the accompanying caption “the 1%.” Although some of the posters identified Black Lives Matter as sponsors, it is not clear whether they were distributed by extreme right-wing groups using hard-left anti-Semitic tropes or by hard-left anti-Semites. In some respects, it does not really matter because many on the hard-right and hard-left share a disdain for Jews, their nation state and so called “Jewish privilege.” The very concept of “privilege” the idea that white people benefit from certain privileges in Western society, compared to non-whites living in the same social, political and economic environment has a long and complex history in the United States. The subjugation of black Americans, and other non-whites, is an endemic problem that requires far-reaching legislative and grassroots action. By attributing this domestic social problem to so-called “Jewish privilege,” radicals are engaging in traditional economic anti-Semitism; attributing far-reaching societal problems to Jewish status, occupation or economic performance. This practice resembles the vile, anti-Semitic propaganda of the 1930s, when splashed across Der Spiegel was blaming Jews and so called disproportionate Jewish wealth for Germany’s losing WWI and the country’s subsequent economic downturn. Canards about Jews controlling world finances first promulgated by the Tsarist forgery, “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” was anti-Semitic back then and it is anti-Semitic today, whether espoused by the extreme left or right. There is no more evidence that Jews are responsible for economic or social inequality in contemporary America than there is for Jews being responsible for any of the other crimes that formed the basis for traditional blood libels. Indeed, Jews disproportionately support racial equality and other liberal causes. Most successful Jews, like most successful people of other religions and ethnicities, earned this success by hard work, not special privilege. I certainly did not begin life with any privilege despite finishing first in my class at Yale Law School, I was rejected by all 32 of the law firms to which I applied. The linking of unrelated “victimizations,” despite their tenuous connections, is reflective of a broader trend in hard-left politics, whereby increasingly, radical activists demand that the demonization of “Zionists”often used as a euphemism for Jews be included, indeed featured, in the package of causes that must to be embraced by anyone claiming the label of “progressive.” Lumping seemingly disparate groups under the “umbrella of oppression” leads to the forming of alliances between causes that at best, have nothing to do with each other, and at worst, are averse to one another’s stated mission. Their only common feature is that to join, they must demonize the nation state of the Jewish people. Some intersectional feminists involved with the recent Women’s March on Washington, for example, purport to be natural allies with anti-Israel Muslim groups that tolerate, if not accept, the “honor killings” and genital mutilation of women. Similarly, Jewish Voices for Peace (JVP) an organization that calls for “an end to violence against civilians, and peace and justice for all peoples of the Middle East” invited Rasmieh Odeh, a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and convicted terrorist, to appear as a speaker at its national conference later this month. The idea of Odeh a terrorist who quite literally has blood on her hands speaking for a Jewish organization that claims to propagate peace, flies in the face of logic. Fortunately, Odeh is being deported for perjuriously failing to disclose her murder conviction. Perhaps peace-loving members of JVP will have to applaud her on Skype. Also from the Washington Examiner Success of movement has brought more attention to the laws’ exception for tipped employees. 04/01/17 12:10 AM The following are among many examples of radical leftists conflating unrelated grievances. Consider the linking of our government’s handling of the Flint water crisis to the “severe” water crisis in Gaza. Black Lives Matter activists have visited Gaza to express solidarity with the terrorist group Hamas, and with Palestinians oppressed by so-called racist Israeli self-defense measures. While Black Lives Matter claims to disavow violence in securing its political objectives, many of its most prominent members are far more eager to criticize the “Israeli genocide of Palestinians” than to criticize Hamas for using rockets to target Israeli civilians. During a recent interview on PBS’s Charlie Rose program, Jonathan Haidt (social psychologist and Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business) had this to say about the conflation of various left-wing causes under the banner of intersectionality: “…There is a good kind of identity politics, which is, you know, if black people are being denied rights, let’s fight for their rights, that’s the good kind. But there is a bad kind, which is to train students, train young people to say let’s divide everybody up by their race, gender, other categories. We’ll assign them morale merit based on their level of privilege is bad, and victimhood is good. Okay, now let’s look at everything through this lens. Israel, the Palestinians are the victims. So therefore, they are the good and the Jews or the Israelis are the bad… [T]here is one totalizing perspective. All social problems get reduced to this simple framework. I think we are doing them a disservice. I think we’re actually making students less wise.” There is a certain irony of many feminists and gay-rights activists refusing to condemn the sexism and homophobia in the Arab world. Increasingly, they try and force other progressives to adopt a “No True Scotsman” worldview, in which they are made to feel that to be a “true progressive,” one must embrace a wide variety of so-called hard-left causes, regardless of how unrelated they may be as long as they also condemn Israel. The essence of anti-Semitism is the bigoted claim that if there is a problem, then Jews must be its cause. Also from the Washington Examiner The beleaguered Spicer took 126 questions about Russia this week and 115 about all other subjects combined. 04/01/17 12:08 AM Hitler started by blaming Jews for Germany’s economic downturn. Today, many hard-left activists explicitly or implicitly blame Jews and Zionists for many of the evils of the world. All decent people must join in calling out intersectionality for what it is: a euphemism for anti-American, anti-Semitic and anti-Israel bigotry. Exposing and condemning “intersectionality” for the bigotry that it represents is critical to ensuring that those repressive extremists, who falsely claim the mantle of progressivism, are not able to hijack important liberal causes in support of their own bigoted agenda. Alan Dershowitz (@AlanDersh) is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Emeritus, at Harvard Law School and author of “Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law” and “Electile Dysfunction: A Guide for the Unaroused Voter.” This article was previously published by the Gatestone Institute. If you would like to write an op-ed for the Washington Examiner, please read our guidelines on submissions here.

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Alan Dershowitz on Flynn’s Offer: ‘A Three-Dimensional Chess Game’ – Newsmax

Famed civil rights attorney Alan Dershowitz Friday likened the fray surrounding Michael Flynn’s offer to testify with immunity before Congress on Russia to “a three-dimensional chess game” saying that the former national security adviser’s offer might be harkening back to the Oliver North case during the Iran-Contra affair of the 1980s. “I have never heard of a case in 50 years of practice where the defense publicly states that it is actively seeking immunity,” the Harvard Law School professor emeritus told Anderson Cooper on CNN. “Normally, these negotiations occur behind closed doors. “Now, the defendant has no choice. He can’t accept or reject immunity. He has to testify if he is given immunity.” But Dershowitz then mentioned the case of North, the former U.S. Marine who was linked to Iran-Contra during the Reagan administration. In July 1987, North testified with immunity before a special congressional panel investigating the scandal. He disclosed his role and other information about the affair. He was later indicted and tried on 16 felony counts in 1988 but was convicted of three the following year. However, since North had received immunity for his testimony, the law barred prosecutors from using that information as evidence against him. North’s convictions, as a result, were reversed and a federal judge dismissed all charges against him in 1991. In the case of Flynn, “the prosecution and the Senate and the House can have their cake and eat it, too,” Dershowitz said. “They can wait a while, get more information, get more evidence, put it in a lock box, and time-stamp it. Then, eventually, give Flynn immunity. “He would then have to testify and they can still prosecute him based on the information they had before he testifies.” But, the retired professor, added: “It also could be a bluff. “It also could be that Flynn really doesn’t want to testify. “He goes public,” Dershowitz posed. “He pressures the Senate and House into saying, ‘We don’t want you to get immunity.’ “At that point, he is the good guy, offering to testify and they’re the bad guys,” he concluded. “So, it’s very hard at this point to figure out exactly what the strategy is.” 2017 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

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Alan Dershowitz: Trump believes Palestinians are ready to deal … – Washington Examiner

President Trump thinks the Palestinians are ready to negotiate a peace deal with the Israelis, Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz said. “The president told me he thinks Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas wants to get a deal with Israel and that he [Trump] thinks that the time is ripe for a deal and that it is possible,” Dershowitz told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, comments he confirmed to the Washington Examiner. Dershowitz, a friend of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, reportedly passed that message to Netanyahu after talking to Trump at the president’s resort at Mar-a-Lago. The exchange suggests that Trump wants to restart a process that has stymied U.S. presidents, most recently the Obama administration, which increasingly blamed Netanyahu’s administration for the failure of the talks and allowed the United Nations Security Council to censure Israel in December. “He knows very well the possible elements of the deal,” Dershowitz added. The deal has proven elusive, despite then-Secretary of State John Kerry’s high-profile attempt to broker an agreement in Obama’s second term. He faulted Israel for allowing the construction of settlements which presented an “obstacle to peace” in December, weeks ahead of an anti-Israel resolution passing the UN Security Council. “The Israeli prime minister publicly supports a two-state solution, but his current coalition is the most right-wing in Israeli history, with an agenda driven by the most extreme elements,” Kerry said in a speech explaining the Obama team’s refusal to veto the resolution. “The result is that policies of this government, which the prime minister himself just described as more committed to settlements than any in Israel’s history, are leading in the opposite direction. They’re leading towards one state.” Trump’s team made a series of symbolic moves to signal that “the days of Israel-bashing are over,” as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told AIPAC, but the resumption of peace talks will test their negotiating skills. There is a bipartisan skepticism of the Palestinian leadership, due to their support for terrorism, even among critics of Israel’s settlement policies. “The Palestinians have, time and time again, choked even when they could have gotten a really good deal,” Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Va., a member of the Foreign Affairs committee, told the Washington Examiner. Also from the Washington Examiner Insurers may be forced to leave Obamacare markets or dramatically increase premiums if they don’t get answers soon. 03/30/17 12:30 AM

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Trump Tells Dershowitz ‘Time Is Ripe’ for Mideast Peace – New York Magazine

Ad will collapse in seconds CLOSE March 29, 2017 03/29/2017 2:52 p.m. By Adam K. Raymond Share Alan Dershowitz. Photo: John Lamparski/Getty Images President Trump is ready to check peace in the Middle East off his to-do list and believes the time is ripe for such a deal. Harvard Law School professor and high-priced defense attorney Alan Dershowitz says Trump told him as much after a recent run-in at Mar-a-Lago. Trump reportedly then asked Dershowitz to communicate the message to Benjamin Netanyahu, Israels prime minister. So thats what Dershowitz did, according to reporting from Haaretz. Dershowitz would not tell the paper about his conversation with Netanyahu, which followed the Trump meeting, but he did spill the beans on his talk with Trump, which came after the supposedly unexpected sighting at Trumps Florida club. Dershowitz was there with Christopher Ruddy, CEO of right-wing news site Newsmax. Trump spoke to both men while they were eating and later had a tte–tte with Dershowitz where they discussed how easy Trump thinks it will be to achieve peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The president told me he thinks Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas wants to get a deal with Israel and that he [Trump] thinks that the time is ripe for a deal and that it is possible, Dershowitz told Haaretz. He added that Trump said he loves Israel and likes Netanyahu. Just in case Trump reads the Haaretz piece, Dershowitz also did a little brown-nosing, telling the reporter that Trump was very well-informed on the issue and highly knowledgable about the components of a potential deal. If youre wondering how Jared Kushner, whom Trump has previously said is the best possible person to broker peace to the Middle East, fits into all of this, the answers remains unclear. On the same day that Dershowitz and Trump were talking about the prospects for peace, Kushner was arriving in Aspen for a family vacation. What George W. Bush Really Thought of Donald Trumps Inauguration Aubrey Plaza Is Currently Serving Up the Most Terrifying Performance on TV The White House Asked for Veto Power Over Sally Yatess Testimony at Russia Hearing The Only Woman Mike Pence Is Allowed to Eat Alone With Is His Wife S-Town Transcends the True Crime of Serial Bobbi Brown on Why She Really Left Her Brand and Resisted Making a Contour Palette, and Her Next Moves Like You, Alec Baldwins First Reaction to Meeting Tina Fey Was to Ask If She Was Single The Makeup Police Have Come to Arrest Alicia Keys Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle Did 90 Minutes of Stand-up Together in New Orleans Last Night Ali Wong Loves Kondo-ing So Much, She Named Her Daughter After It Most Popular Video On Daily Intelligencer She allegedly accepted tens of thousands of dollars in cash and gifts in exchange for government information. Three sources heard the former president offer this slightly profane assessment of the event after he left the dais. His attorney for an unrelated defamation lawsuit said the political operative was in Washington, D.C., complying with lawmakers requests. A supervisor forbid the offices staff from using the words climate change or Paris Agreement in any written memos, Politico reports. The sweetheart deal is dead. Her title will be special assistant to the president. The president didnt make good on his promise to expand treatment for addicts he just rebranded Obamas funding increase as his own. Despite rumors. The ban will cost him more than $700,000. The president ran into the celebrity lawyer at Mar-a-Lago. Peace was talked and messages were sent. Ruy Teixeira co-authored an influential political theory in 2002 predicting liberal dominance for a generation. What does he say now? Bill Baroni will serve a 24-month term; Bridget Anne Kelly was sentenced to 18 months. It has proven to be a sideshow and partisan sham, anyway. Time for Senate investigation to take precedence. Meanwhile, small-dollar donors are delivering record-breaking sums of money to anti-Trump Democrats. A spokesman for Pyongyang called McCains remarks a severe provocation tantamount to a declaration of war. It will fall under Jared Kushners new office, but Christie says things wont be tense at all. Clinton gave her first major postelection speech on Tuesday. The proposed property would be under the companys Scion sub-brand. Now, the U.K. has two years to reach a new deal with the E.U. before high tariffs kick in and suffocate the British economy. America may be collapsing, but Roger Stone is determined to enjoy it.

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At AIPAC Conference, Alan Dershowitz Helps Unveil Israeli Water-Making Machine; Says ‘You Can’t Boycott Products … – Algemeiner

Email a copy of “At AIPAC Conference, Alan Dershowitz Helps Unveil Israeli Water-Making Machine; Says You Cant Boycott Products You Cannot Live Without” to a friend A Water-Gen large-scale water generator. Photo: Water-Gen. JNS.org In a showcase of cutting-edge Israeli innovation at a Sunday session of the AIPAC Policy Conference, renowned lawyer Alan Dershowitz assisted in the unveiling of a machine that extracts and purifies water from air. The Water-Gen machine, which can producebetween 15 and 20 liters of drinking water per day, can be a boon for regions lacking portable drinking water, Dershowitz noted. There is no weapon more powerful in the fight against BDS than for Israel to develop technologies that the world cannot live without, he added.You cannot boycott products that you cant live without. March 27, 2017 5:49 pm During the presentation at a Washington, DC convention center,AIPAC National Managing Director Elliot Brandtrecalled Zionist leader Theodor Herzlsdreams of Israeli innovation. The annual AIPAC Policy Conference ends Tuesday.

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