Alan Dershowitz may be from Williamsburg, but the famed legal mind steered clear of the hippest of hoods when it came time to buy a pied-a-terre in the city of his birth. Instead, Mr. Dershowitz headed straight for that stronghold of old money, purchasing a three bedroom, 2.5-bath co-op at 45 Sutton Place.
And after all, Cambridge, where the longtime Harvard law professor has a sprawling six-bedroom house, is also known for being rather tradition-bound, so we’re sure he’ll feel right at home enjoying all his civil liberties in the new apartment. Besides, what could be more perfect for Mr. Dershowitz than a dwelling overlooking the new Four Freedoms Park?
Israel and the Park Slope Food Co-op have a lot in common. Both were founded in part by Jewish socialists. Both are governed by a raucous democracy with laws and rituals to rival the Talmud. Both have a soft spot for hummus and couscous.
And now both are plagued by the Palestinian question.
In this week’s issue, The Observer talked to Alan Dershowitz, Harvard law professor and maybe the staunchest defender of Israel on the planet, about a proposal for a boycott of Israeli goods at the Park Slope Food Co-op. In his typically brazen style, Mr. Dershowitz compared pro-boycott co-op members to bear-baiting-hating Puritans and vowed to shut the BroBo institution down if a boycott went through. “You have to fight fire with fire,” he said. Soy veyzmeir, but these were some of his tamer declarations.
Shira Ovide has a follow-up report on yesterday’s news that multiple envelopes containing white powder were sent to The Wall Street Journal‘s executives.
Apparently, the powder was non-hazardous, "probably flour or a food-based substance, police officials said, citing preliminary tests."
Ms. Ovide says the F.B.I. will still investigate the mailings since there Read More
The other day at Brandeis, Alan Dershowitz, responding to Jimmy Carter, took a shot at NYU’s Tony Judt because of Judt’s famous call (in the New York Review of Books) to give up on the idea of a Jewish state.
“Tony Judt is in favor of the complete dissolution of the state of Israel… the Read More
I’ve just gotten a copy of a 79-page paper called “Setting the Record Straight: A Response to Critics of ‘The Israel Lobby‘” by John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt. The scholars began circulating the rebuttal privately in December but have not published it on-line, I gather, because they are working on a book about Read More
M.J. Rosenberg has a terrific piece on TPM about his alma mater Brandeis saying that Jimmy Carter can only speak there if he’s balanced by Alan Dershowitz.
It is with real pain that I note that Brandeis is yielding to what amounts to an academic boycott of a former President for criticizing Israel…. Read More
I was reading Alan Dershowitz’s autobiography, Chutzpah, the other night when I came to some lines on page 16 that I found shocking:
My generaton of Jews was too young to fight against Nazism or for Israeli independence, too American to make aliyah
(emigrate to Israel), too comfortable to put our bodies on Read More
When Brandeis shut down an exhibit of Palestinian art last week, the organizer promptly found a new home for it across town at MIT. Then this week a group of Brandeis faculty started a petition drive to have the exhibit brought back to Brandeis. They have gotten 90 signatures, including many Jews. I’ve posted it Read More
Alan Dershowitz continues to play a shameful role, vigilante of the pro-Israel lobby, by telling the Washington Post that two leading scholars have “destroyed their professional reputations” by questioning the power of the Israel lobby over American policy-making. See: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/04/02/AR2006040201039.html?referrer=emailarticle
Dershowitz’s comments are shameful because they seek to smear and intimidate anyone Read More