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Dershowitz backs down, concedes Bannon’s ‘anti-Muslim, anti-women’ bigotry disqualifies him for high office

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You won’t see Alan Dershowitz back down very often, but the firestorm of bad publicity that followed his de facto endorsement of accused anti-Semite Stephen Bannon just forced him to recant.

Stephen Bannon (Image: Katie Miranda)

Stephen Bannon (Image: Katie Miranda)

Dershowitz continues to insist that Bannon is not an anti-Semite. But in an article in Haaretz, he now concedes Bannon is an “anti-Muslim, anti-women bigot” — which should disqualify him for a post in the Trump administration.

Why it took this supposedly smart lawyer at least two entire days to reach this obvious conclusion is intriguing, but better late than never.

But Dershowitz doesn’t miss another opportunity to slander Israelis and others who promote Palestinian human rights. He names Gideon Levy and Amira Hass, distinguished Israeli journalists, and says:

These writers have certainly been accused, and with some justification, of promoting hatred not only against the current Israeli government, but against the very nature of Israel and Zionism. Their hateful writings are often quoted gleefully by anti-Zionists and anti-Semites.

He is far harsher about them, and others, than anything he has to say about about Stephen Bannon.

Trump, and Bannon, continue to force Dershowitz and other pro-Israel apologists to squirm as they’ve never squirmed before. How long can Dershowitz and his allies excuse any statements and actions, no matter how extreme, as long as the people making them support Israel without hesitation?

James North

James North is a Mondoweiss Editor-at-Large, and has reported from Africa, Latin America, and Asia for four decades. He lives in New York City.

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16 Responses

  1. eljay on November 17, 2016, 12:56 pm

    Dershowitz is a hateful and immoral Zio-supremacist hypocrite…and a weasel.

    • Lillian Rosengarten on November 20, 2016, 2:42 pm

      Yes you old fool Dershowitz. The Zionist Israeli government is a hateful, occupying, racist regime. Wake up!!

      • annie on November 20, 2016, 2:55 pm

        hi lillian! nice to see you ;)

  2. Ossinev on November 17, 2016, 3:37 pm

    There is not a ” hateful ” bone in Gideon Levy`s body. He is a man of honour , morality and integrity none of which Dershowitz has an ounce of. Israelis and Jews world wide should be proud and thankful to have Levy as one of their own. They should be deeply ashamed to have a loathsome little turd like Dershowitz claiming to speak for them.

  3. wondering jew on November 17, 2016, 3:47 pm

    Dershowitz’s reputation has been downhill ever since the OJ Simpson case. But he is the most prominent Zionist in america and his whitewash of bannon and 2 day delay in telling the larger picture indicates that he is lax in his role as spokesman.
    The question to my mind as I wrote that is, who is the number 2 prominent zionist. I came up with three answers: chuck schumer minority leader of the senate, shmuel boteach, nuf said and Jon stewart, renegade but essentially left wing zionist. Peter beinart and Jeffrey Goldberg are 2 more names.

    • Mooser on November 17, 2016, 4:44 pm

      “yonah” they consider themselves “spokesman” for Israel and Zionism. Not for the Jews.

      Notice, Dersh is already pointing out the enemies of the Jews within the Jews, ( On Hass and Levy: “Their hateful writings are often quoted gleefully by anti-Zionists and anti-Semites.”) just as you do.

    • genesto on November 18, 2016, 12:17 pm

      Actually, he started going downhill with the Claus von Bulow case, more than 10 years before the Simpson trial. Dirshbag, one of Israel’s most notable apologists, made his bones in the legal industry by defending some of the most despicable people in the world. For D, it’s always been about fame and fortune, winning above principle. Glad to see that he moved to Israel and got the hell out of here!!

  4. Steve Macklevore on November 17, 2016, 4:18 pm

    He’s a pathetic clown with wet pants that stink of urine.

  5. pabelmont on November 17, 2016, 6:57 pm

    James North — for others who (like me) did not understand the triple parentheses, see:

  6. Maghlawatan on November 17, 2016, 7:54 pm

    All the bots are floundering. Any white Nazi who goes after the people who fund Netanyahu’s Jewish Cossack theme park is an enemy.

    Same goes for the Orthodox in Israel. The Reform and Conservative pussies are on their side. But they don’t understand economics

    And it doesn’t matter whether or not Bannon actually is on record as a Jew hater. The hounds have been unleashed

  7. Maghlawatan on November 17, 2016, 7:59 pm

    Dershowitz is so full of shit
    ” because bigotry against any group should be disqualifying for high office, I cannot support his appointment.”

    bigotry against Palestinians is FINE

  8. Vera Gottlieb on November 18, 2016, 11:19 am

    To me, this just plain doesn’t make sense. On one hand, Trump is bringing in his son-in-law Kushner as advisor (a Jew) and on the other hand Trump brings in Bannon (an anti Semite). These two are to work together??? Oil and water don’t mix. Something isn’t jiving. Or is Bannon being smeared just for the heck of it?

    • Kay24 on November 18, 2016, 12:18 pm

      The reports are confusing and do contradict a lot of what has been said and done. One thing is clear, the appointments announced today strongly shows an anti Muslim agenda.

    • John O on November 18, 2016, 2:03 pm

      As The Donald would put it, “Am I anti-Semitic? You tell me.”

      Classic sociopathic behaviour. Keep us all on the back foot.

      Given the information about Kushner that is now becoming public, all you really have to know about him is that he is a Trump clone – no wonder he has been welcomed into the bosom of the family.

      • Mooser on November 18, 2016, 3:51 pm

        “no wonder he has been welcomed into the bosom of the family.”

        Jared Kushner has his own family, too. Chris Christie knows them.

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