22 July 2014

Dershowitz’s tunnel vision

Middle East Eye

Let’s imagine for a moment that recently retired Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz defended animals rather than criminals and savage states.
In a case involving the mauling of a goat by a hyena, for example, a typical Dershowitzian approach might argue that the hyena was engaged in self-defence and that the civilised world must thus stand behind it.
In a situation in which a group of hyenas devours an entire goat farm, including an array of baby goats, he might instead lecture us that the goats in question had built underground tunnels to facilitate the mass murder and kidnapping of young hyenas.
It may appear that Dershowitz has been over-represented in my writings of late, but the fact is that the man is never absent from the sidelines during periods of systematic slaughter of Palestinians and other Arabs by the state of Israel. READ MORE AT MIDDLE EAST EYE.