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The Unbearable Lightness of Alan Dershowitz
It may well be that Alan Dershowitz suffers from a unique syndrome of Law Professor idiot savantism. Or perhaps he is just another vapid, doctrinaire Leftist who (wrongly) views himself as a "traditional liberal" Zionist -- and of course, "sage."
Regardless, Dershowitz's self-righteous and angry clinging to the failed Oslo delusion "Two State" solution (which ignores the 77% of the original 1920 Mandate for Palestine that was arbitrarily given over to Muslim "Transjordan" in 1922, as well as the ancillary Muslim jihad terror state-let of Gaza, under Hamas since shortly after the Israeli withdrawal in 2005), was on vivid display on Sunday, April 28, 2012. Speaking at the Jerusalem Post Annual Conference in New York, Dershowitz
Angered by the informed audience's reaction -- laughter -- to his risible words and deeds, Dershowitz responded peevishly,
The informed audience reaction to this peevish tirade was jeers and boos.
Had I been there I would have shared the audience's disgust with and disdain for this preening narcissist who remains steadfastly impenetrable by fact, for all his alleged intellectual prowess. Thus Monday (4/29/13), one day after Dershowitz uttered his latest inanities, illustrating but the latest in an endless litany of comparable examples, it was reported that "moderate" Palestinian leader and Dershowitz's personally designated peace partner for Israel, Mahmoud Abbas
Dershowitz's writings and speeches, and worse still, actions, regarding the "Israeli-Palestinian conflict," are redolent with the uninformed, if hubristic canards that characterize unrepentant avatars of the abysmally failed Oslo process. Dershowitz and his ilk steadfastly refuse to acknowledge that the "Israeli-Palestinian conflict" has always been a jihad, relentlessly fomented and supported by the entire global Muslim umma since just after the Balfour Declaration.
On June 30, 1922, a joint resolution of both Houses of Congress of the United States unanimously endorsed the "Mandate for Palestine," confirming the irrevocable right of Jews to settle in the area of Palestine -- anywhere between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. The Congressional Record contains a statement of support from New York Rep. Walter Chandler which includes an observation, about "Turkish and Arab agitators... preaching a kind of holy war [jihad] against... the Jews" of Palestine. Earlier, in 1921, leaders of the Indian Khilafat (Caliphate) movement made clear at conferences held in India that Islamic suzerainty must prevail over all of historical Palestine. And in 1920, at the local level, within British-controlled Palestine, Musa Kazem el-Husseini, former governor of Jaffa during the final years of Ottoman rule, and president of the Arab (primarily Muslim) Palestinian Congress, in a letter to the British High Commissioner, Herbert Samuels, demanded restoration of the Sharia -- which had only been fully abrogated two years earlier when Britain ended four centuries of Ottoman Muslim rule of Palestine -- stating that this Religious Law, was "...engraved in the very hearts of the Arabs and has been assimilated in their customs and that has been applied... in the modern [Arab] states..." During this same era within Palestine, a strong Arab Muslim irredentist current --epitomized by both Hajj Amin el-Husseini and shortly afterward, Izz ad din al-Qassam -- promulgated the forcible restoration of Sharia-mandated dhimmitude via jihad.
The 1948, 1956, and 1973 wars -- and every other conflagration in which Israel has been embroiled ever since -- have all been manifestations of the ceaseless jihad imperative to destroy the "Zionist entity."
Consider two fatwas, both published January 5, 1956 by then-Grand Mufti of Egypt Sheikh Hasan Ma'moun and another by the leading members of the Fatwa Committee of Sunni Islam's de facto Vatican, Al Azhar University, representing all four Sunni Islamic schools of jurisprudence. [English translation from State Department Telegram 1763/ Embassy (Cairo) Telegram 1256 D441214] These rulings -- issued nine months before the 1956 Sinai War, and while Israel existed within the 1949 armistice borders -- elaborated the following key initial point: that all of historical Palestine -- modern Jordan, Israel, and the disputed territories of Judea and Samaria, as well as Gaza -- having been conquered by jihad, was a permanent possession of the global Muslim umma (community), "fay territory" -- booty or spoils -- to be governed eternally by Islamic Law.
The January 1956 Al Azhar fatwas' language and arguments are indistinguishable from those employed by current Egyptian President Morsi, or Hamas (in its Covenant), revealing the same conjoined motivations of jihad and conspiratorial Islamic Jew-hatred:
Bat Ye'or, noting the ceaseless calls for jihad in Palestine during modern times, from 1920 through to the present era, observed that jihad remained,
And she concluded:
Alan Dershowitz proudly accepted an award in 2003 for his putative efforts to protect the separation of religion (church) and state, despite continuing to ignore the promulgation of liberty-crushing Sharia, Islamic Law, touted as a means of complementing, even "perfecting" the U.S. legal system, at his very own Harvard Law school.
It is a dubious proposition at best that a factually-bereft, willfully blind hypocrite such as Alan Dershowitz will ever acknowledge, let alone imbibe the wisdom of Bat Ye'or.
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