Wah!!! Dershowitz shunned on Martha’s Vineyard!

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Today everyone is talking about Alan Dershowitz’s article in the Hill complaining that he has been socially banned on Martha’s Vineyard because of his advocacy for Donald Trump.

[S]ome of my old friends on Martha’s Vineyard.. are shunning me and trying to ban me from their social life on Martha’s Vineyard. One of them, an academic at a distinguished university, has told people that he would not attend any dinner or party to which I was invited…. Others have said they will discontinue contributions to organizations that sponsor my talks.

This is all familiar to me, since I lived through McCarthyism in the 1950s, when lawyers who represented alleged communists on civil libertarian grounds were shunned. Some of these lawyers and victims of McCarthyism lived on Martha’s Vineyard. I never thought I would see McCarthyism come to Martha’s Vineyard, but I have. I wonder if the professor who refuses to listen to anything I have to say also treats his students similarly. Would he listen to a student who actively supported Trump? What about one who simply supported his civil liberties?

These childish efforts to shun me because I refused to change my position on civil liberties that I have kept for half a century discourages vibrant debate and may dissuade other civil libertarians from applying their neutral principles to a president of whom they disapprove. But one good thing is that being shunned by some “old friends” on Martha’s Vineyard has taught me who my real friends are and who my fairweather friends were. From a personal point of view, I could not care less about being shunned by people whose views regarding dialogue I do not respect…

I will not change my views as a result of these attempts to ostracize me, but there are some who may remain silent for fear of being shunned. Silence is not my style….

Jeet Heer marvels that Dershowitz was not shunned before and mocks:

Socrates was forced to eat hemlock. Ovid, Dante, & Emma Goldman were sent into exile. Margaret Sanger was jailed. Rosa Luxemburg, Gandhi and Martin Luther King were killed. Spinoza was excommunicated. Alan Dershowitz can’t find anyone to dine with at Martha’s Vineyard.

Norman Finkelstein comments, via email:

“Oh, he wants ‘vibrant debate’: I suppose that’s why he threatened to bankrupt University of California press if they published my book [Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-semitism and Abuse of History, 2005], and called on Governor Schwarzenegger to kill the book.

“Oh, and I suppose it’s because of his opposition to McCarthyism that he sent a 60-page smear document to every faculty member and administrator at DePaul so as to deny me tenure [in 2007].

“Oh, sack of shit, Thy name is Dershbag.”

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Dersh is also a pedophile. Zionists truly are disgusting.

Great to hear that this loathsome creature is being shunned by intelligent moral people. As for silence not being his style he has got himself bang to rights. In any discussion on the Z/P conflict he invariably gets to do his bit without interruption then constantly interrupts and disrupts his opponents when they attempt to give a response: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6To-o-aiRg I am surprised to date that in these discussions someone has simply not said I listened… Read more »

It is a shame he is banned for his pro-Trump stance only, and not for his genocidal Zionist propounded ideas. The guy represents all that is revolting about Zionism, incl. that hypocritical conflation with Judaism the religion.

I would love to see the day Norman Finkelstein would manage to destroy this guy’s career and his livelihood like he did with Finkelstein

For us it must be significant that these leading lights of high society did not boycott D until he seemed to be defending Trump. They didn’t react that way when he was defending Zionism in its questionable theory and undeniably harsh practice.

Poor little victim. He’s well experienced at pretending in that role.

Dersh is not for civil rights and certainly not free speech and Finkelstein shows. He’s very selective what rights are ok and who gets to have them. His attacks against rights aren’t even done in an ethical way.

Boo hoo baby douche.