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Dershowitz’s latest celebrity client

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It appears the man who defended O.J. Simpson will go to any length for his current celebrity client, the State of Israel. From Haaretz: "Dershowitz calls Goldstone a traitor to the Jewish people."

In his book, The Best Defense, Dershowitz gave a view of the approach he would later take in the Simpson case.  "Once I decide to take a case," Dershowitz wrote, "I have only one agenda: I want to win.  I will try, by every fair and legal means, to get my client off–without regard to the consequences."  

In his memoir The Best Defense, Dershowitz noted that "almost all of my clients have been guilty."

In the case of Israel, Dershowitz seems also willing to use unfair means to get his client off, including rabble-rousing incitement against an internationally recognized jurist, a Jew no less. Right out of the propagandists’ playbook of the worst regimes in history, Dershowitz said of Justice Goldstone, he "was a traitor to the Jewish people" and his report "is a defamation written by an evil, evil man." And that was not all from the worked-up Dershowitz.

The question has to be asked whether the job of defending Israel has become too much for the famous defense attorney. In this interview with Israeli Army radio, admittedly a friendly venue, Dershowitz seems to have shed any reasonable restraints. From Haaretz’s account:

Dershowitz and Goldstone have been colleagues and close friends for many years before the UN Gaza probe, but once Goldstone published his report the ties between the two were severed. "The Goldstone report is a defamation written by an evil, evil man," Dershowitz said.

In an interview with Army Radio, Dershowitz said he is appalled by the report and can’t fathom how it could have been written by a Jew. He said it is as if a Jew would have written the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and that the jurist is using the fact that his last name is ‘Goldstone’ to substantiate the report’s defamation against the Jewish people….

Former minister and Meretz chairwoman Shulamit Aloni responded to Dershowitz’s comments, saying that Goldstone is far from a traitor. "Dershowitz’s statements border on hate. Goldstone is a Zionist Jew who was simply doing his job," Aloni told Army Radio.

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