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Question: Why do you defend Israel? 

Alan Dershowitz: My speaking up on behalf of what I think is a kind of worldwide bigotry against the Jewish state; not that it shouldn’t be subjected to criticism, but by subjecting it to a double standard.

For example, the British boycott which lets Iran, and Cuba, and the Sudan, and China off the hook and only focuses on Israel, where Arab academics have greater academic freedom in Israel than they do in any Muslim or Arab state.

So I’ve been spending a lot of time, again, trying to subject this criticism of Israel to a single standard, which is part of the whole jurisprudential framework. Everybody should have a single standard.


Recorded On: June 12, 2007

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