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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Reprint edition (3 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471679526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471679523
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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* 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 under populated"" late 19th-century Palestine, to which European Jews began emigrating; and a 75-year-long Arab-Israel 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) ("Publishers Weekly," August 4, 2003)

.".".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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"Eric Hoffer wrote in the ′60s about the phenomenon of the assimilated Jew who would, to prove his worth to his betters, oppose the state of Israel and call it conscience. I applaud Professor Dershowitz for his consistent, principled, and reasoned defense of Israel, and, so, of the Jewish people." ?David Mamet

"In a world in which Israel seems always to be the accused, regardless of the facts, Alan Dershowitz′s defense offers an oasis of sanity and straight talk. It may be too much to hope that Israel′s accusers will read this powerful and persuasive response to their charges. It is not at all too much to ask that fair–minded observers do so." ?Floyd Abrams

"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

"This is a powerful and brilliantly argued book by a life– long champion of law, freedom, and human rights. Dershowitz faces down the Big Lies one by one and proves that Israel is not guilty of colonialism, apartheid, or "Nazism." Anyone who cares about Israel?and about the truth?will find this essential, even life–saving reading." ?Phyllis Chesler Ph.D, author of The New Anti–Semitism: The Current Crisis and What We Can Do About It

"In this important book, as in many of his writings, Alan Dershowitz remains an ardent and courageous defender of Israel and what the law stands for." ?Elie Wiesel

"The Case for Israel is a marvelous primer for supporters of that beleaguered state who want to d efend Israel from the calamities falsely ascribed to it by its worldwide enemies. Dershowitz has summarized those false accusations and provided the facts, enabling the reader to respond to the anti–Semites and those who are hostile to Israel. More than a great read, it is essential if you want to be equipped to defend Israel in the world of conversation and debate." ?Edward I. Koch

"The Case for Israel is indispensable reading for those of us who are deeply disturbed by the rise of anti–Semitism in American society, even on college campuses." Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Chairman, Department of African and African–American Studies at Harvard

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I am an Englishman and a gentile. Throughout history, my nation has fought and sacrificed our treasure in the cause of freedom and the ‘rule of law’. Until very recently, the anti-Jewish prejudice have been an exception in these islands. Now, due to the malicious governance of leftist political elites, the demographic of this English nation is being changed by mass-immigration. Anti-Jewish sentiments are to be heard everywhere among the new arrivals. This psychopathic racism goes unpunished.

As can be seen from the uniformity of the commentary already recorded about this book, the Jew and Israel has to be misrepresented and condemned unremittingly. The concentration of hatred, the invective, the incoherence of the arguments, seem to be symptomatic of an incurable major disease. The mention of no other nation or people produces this intensity of reaction: such is the alleged damage the ‘children of Israel’ has inflicted by just existing.

It is clear that after millenniums the followers of the Judeo faith will never receive a fair hearing in this world, in this life. And yet the distinguished Harvard jurist Professor Alan Dershowitz has attempted to try for simple justice. He has set out a closely argued legal defence, supported by the evidence of international treaty and international guarantees of national security of tenure, but all to no avail. According to the statistics a majority of the nations of the World support the policy of the obliteration of the State of Israel and the genocide of the worldwide Jewish people by Arab terrorism. That members of my Christian faith express these opinions, having been raised on the message of the Holy Bible, suggests the World has lost its way.
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I have generally not had much respect for Alan Dershowitz due to his role in the OJ Simpson trial, which I personally consider to be an embarrassment for the American legal system. However, The Case for Israel is really an excellent book. Dershowitz refutes a range of false claims about Israel made routinely by the press, academic elites, religious and political leaders and others who fundamentally oppose Israel, and he does it in a clear and logical way, with a range of sources of evidence provided in each case to back up his position. Dershowitz doesn’t offer a balanced view on each point, as that is not the intention of the book, but at the same time he doesn’t take facts out of context or distort them. He also avoids using hyperbole and emphasises throughout the book that he is not claiming that Israel is never at fault, but instead only that it is held to a much different standard than other countries around the world and is condemned disproportionately to its faults, and he makes this point thoroughly and persuasively. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to get a better understanding of Israel and its policies, including anyone who is a critic of Israel and wants to hear a different perspective. One small criticism is that there is quite a bit of repetition in the book due to overlap across many of the topics, but this does not detract from what is otherwise a superb and important book.
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One must credit Mr Dershovitz's passion in what he believes. But this is quite possibly the most dishonest book I have ever read.

Much of the book is dedicated to criticising Noam Chomsky and his writings on the Israel-Palestine issue. Some of those criticisms are in fact well made as Chomsky can also be rather selective of his facts when it suits him to be. But it is quite remarkeable that his accusations that Chomsky delights in misleading his readers does not prevent Dershowitz from doing exactly the same to his readers. Here are just a few of the ways in which Mr Dershowitz is dishonest:

- He repeatedly states that Israel has done more to uphold the rule of law and protect human rights that any other country faced with similar threats in history. He specifcally refers to the British in Northern Ireland as an example - unsurprisingly he offers no supporting evidence for this repeated assertion. I am from Northern Ireland, and I would be perceived as being on the nationalist (i.e. anti-british side of that conflict). But I never remember the British government demolishing the houses of those who just happen to be part of the community that opposed the government; of course, this isn't really that important to Dershowitz as all those whose houses were destroyed are not real victims anyway (see below). Nor do I remember the British using very substantial military fire power and directing it often indiscriminately into residential areas. I do remember the British government shooting unarmed civilians in 1972, 13 of whom died on Bloody Sunday. The British Government has been heavily criticised ever since and has recently admitted that the killings were "unjustified and unjustifiable".
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Inaccurate and tendentious throughout. For example, he writes "historians believe that the Hebrews arrived in present-day Israel sometime in the second millennium B.C.E. Under Joshua, and later King David and his successors, independent Hebrew kingdoms existed." In fact, no respected Christian, Jewish or secular historian argues that an independent Hebrew kingdom ever existed under Joshua. Not even the Bible claims that Joshua was a king or had a kingdom! We have no demographic data to support his claim that Jews formed the main part of the population for most of the sixteen hundred years between 1000 BCE and 636 CE.
This cavalier disregard for truth and historical accuracy is typical. Dershowitz is after all a lawyer, not a scholar, trained to make the best possible case for his client, not to investigate the truth. Read instead Avi Shlaim's The Iron Wall.
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