Alan Dershowitz calls Binyamin Netanyahu an anti-Semite

According to Dershowitz, accusing some American Jews of having a primary loyalty to Israel is speading neo-Nazi propaganda. According to Bibi, all Jews “know deep in their hearts that they have one country: the state of Israel.” Abe Foxman, call your office.

Binyamin Netanyahu, in a Tweet posted today:

“I believe that Jews know deep in their hearts that they have one country – the state of Israel, home for all of us.”

Alan Dershowitz, two years ago:

It’s the kind of virulent hate speech you’d expect to find on a neo-Nazi website or in a Patrick Buchanan column: American Jews who support current Israeli policies are accused of dual loyalty and called “Israel firsters.”

AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee) fares even worse: “Saying AIPAC is guilty of dual loyalty is giving it credit for one more loyalty than it holds.”

In other words, this widely respected American organization, and the hundreds of thousands of Jews (and Christians) who support it, have absolutely no loyalty to our nation; their sole loyalty is to the foreign nation of Israel.

This false accusation of disloyalty to country was a central tenet of Nazism, Stalinism and other anti-Semitic regimes. Today, it is the mantra of Jew haters and neo-Nazis.

So, according to Alan Dershowitz, Binyamin Netanyahu is spreading neo-Nazi propaganda.  Abe Foxman, call your office.


Author: Mark Kleiman

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4 thoughts on “Alan Dershowitz calls Binyamin Netanyahu an anti-Semite”

  1. This won't go down well in France either. Or many other countries whose society and culture has been enriched by the diaspora.

  2. The above comments were not made by Alan Dershowitz. He was quoting MJ Rosenberg from Media Matters. The below text is from the NY Daily News article. Please correct your post.


    The author of these hateful quotes is MJ Rosenberg, who is the senior foreign policy fellow of Media Matters. Speaking at a symposium, Rosenberg explained why Media Matters hired him:

    “Until I got there [Media Matters\] had nothing on foreign policy. They hired me specifically to be involved with this issue, with the Palestinian issue, with [the issue of\] stopping the war with Iran.”

    1. Sorry, you're incorrect. The material I quoted - calling those who make accusations of divided loyalty anti-Semitic - is in Dershowitz's own voice. The middle paragraph is Dershowitz's paraphrase of Rosenberg's assertions about AIPAC. Dershowitz calls Rosenberg a Neo-Nazi who ought to be shunned, for saying about *some* Jews what Bibi asserts is true of *all* Jews.

  3. A fun "gotcha," but your snark doesn't leave room for any nuance — and this topic should be handled with nuance, since the whole "dual loyalty" slur can and has been used to spread hatred for Jews.

    Maybe this excellent piece will help you and your readers empathize and understand the enormous distinction between Israel's prime minister saying something like "Israel is the country that will always be there for you" and a critic saying "Jews support a foreign country over the one they live in:

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