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Dershowitz lobbies for the criminal Israeli looter, Dan Gertler

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Dan Gertler, the criminal billionaire from Israel who has looted Africa of several billion dollars, is too corrupt even for the Trump administration — but not for publicity hound, pro-Israel lawyer Alan Dershowitz, who has just registered to lobby the U.S. government on Gertler’s behalf.

Dershowitz and Louis Freeh, the former FBI director who also registered to lobby for Gertler, are apparently arguing for the removal of Treasury Department sanctions that prevent Gertler from doing business in the U.S. In 2017, Treasury explained why it was punishing the Israeli under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, as a “malign” actor who has committed human rights abuses.

Gertler is an international businessman and billionaire who has amassed his fortune through hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of opaque and corrupt mining and oil deals in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) . . .  As a result, between 2010 and 2012 alone, the DRC reportedly lost over $1.36 billion in revenues from the underpricing of mining assets. . . 

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Dan Gertler should be sent to prison for a long time. His looting would be criminal anywhere, but the DR Congo is one of the poorest nations on earth, torn by the greatest humanitarian crisis since the end of World War II. Several billion dollars that could have been used to fight malnutrition, and to promote education and health (including combatting another outbreak of ebola), has instead ended up in Gertler’s secret bank accounts.

Gertler’s crimes do not matter to Dershowitz. Last year, he told the New York Times that the Israeli “businessman” was “a very good person.”

Israel’s government is also complicit. Gertler’s crimes have been well-publicized for years. He apparently flies from Central Africa to his home in Tel Aviv regularly. But so far Israel has taken no action against him, and he is basically unknown there, instead of the national shame that he should be.

Mainstream media reports on corruption in the Global South nearly always focus on the often grotesque African and Latin American rulers who receive the payments. But you can’t have brib-ees without brib-ers. And if you are a briber and can afford a celebrity lawyer like Dershowitz to represent you, so much the better. 

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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  1. Keith on November 6, 2019, 6:27 pm

    JAMES NORTH- “Gertler’s crimes do not matter to Dershowitz. Last year, he told the New York Times that the Israeli “businessman” was “a very good person.”

    Alan Dershowitz and Roy Cohn are birds of a feather. Both are beneficiaries and supporters of kinship solidarity. Winning is everything, justice and morality impediments to winning. I suspect that the number of sociopaths/psychopaths enrolled in Ivy League law schools vastly exceeds the percent in the population as a whole.

  2. Vera Gottlieb on November 7, 2019, 8:51 am

    This guy would defend the devil too…

    • RoHa on November 7, 2019, 11:28 pm

      The devil is also entitled to a defence in court.

    • echinococcus on November 8, 2019, 12:15 am

      “Would”? Why the conditional, that’s exactly what he is doing.

  3. Misterioso on November 7, 2019, 9:44 am

    Let’s cut to the chase: Dershowitz is a slime ball whom historians will tear to shreds.

  4. DaveS on November 7, 2019, 1:43 pm

    It is nauseating that such an immoral man as Dershowitz manages to project an image of a fair-minded and professorial arbiter of acceptable conduct and discourse. He may not fool too many Mondoweiss readers but he remains a rock star of pro-Israel advocacy and a frequent guest on a wide variety of media platforms.

    Ironically (or not), Dershowitz has repeatedly referenced Louis Freeh in his defense against Virginia Giuffre’s accusation that Dersh had sex with her when she was a teenage slave to Jeffrey Epstein. He claims he was “exonerated” by the former FBI director’s “investigation”, when Freeh is just a private lawyer, a collaborator and close confidante of Dersh. He might as well say, “My friend thinks I’m innocent!”

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