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See also Sunday, March 11, 2007 Margaret Kroch Frischmann 1897 - 1972 and the Nakba - Iqrit and it's destruction Christmas Eve 1951
UPDATE : Alan Dershowitz , lawyer , on the Harvard Law faculty for more than 40 years, sometime member of O.J. Simpson's "Dream Team" was scheduled to deliver the key note address for the 60th anniversary of Israel at Rutgers University on Thursday. He came up against placard waving protestors from the Rutgers Against the War/ Campus Antiwar Network.
“Jews Against the Occupation”, “Settlements = Ethnic Cleansing”, and “End Israeli Apartheid” were received in polite hostility by most but some spat at protestors and had racial insults hurled at them.
Dershowitz eventually came out to speak to the protesters. He approached with the police watching and said “Its good you are bringing up the Nakbah because I am going to mention it in my speech. The Nakbah is self inflicted!” a reprise of what he had told students at Harvard earlier in the week. He was asked about his statements supporting torture , “I don't support torture. I believe the government should get a warrant first.” He then started to walk away. One of the protesters replied, “Should they get a permit before they bomb Palestinian villages?”
As a strident apologist for the Israeli state, Dershowitz regards ethnic cleansing as a trifling matter logistical problem of civil administration ...... "Political solutions often require the movement of people, and such movement is not always voluntary ... It is a fifth-rate issue analogous in many respects to some massive urban renewal."
Evidently few in the crowd had forgotten Dershowitz's advocacy of the inevitability of torture "which should remain an option " on CBS 60 Minutes with Mike Wallace in September 2002
“If anybody has any doubt that our CIA, over time, has taught people to torture, has encouraged torture, has probably itself tortured in extreme cases, I have a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn.”