Here’s the latest from Dershowitz Watch: not content to label Goldstone an “evil, evil man,” and to claim his UN report on the Gaza massacre was a “blood libel,” and that the eminent jurist is a moser (betrayer of Jews), Dersh has now likened the him to Josef Mengele. The context for the charge is a new line of attack which the hasbarists have developed which charges Goldstone with being an “apartheid judge” who “just followed orders” in personally hanging innocent South African blacks.
Let’s put this in context: in a country like, say the U.S., in which capital punishment is the law of the land, it is very difficult for a judge to single-handedly overrule a law that others have deemed constitutional, and which perhaps is even commonly accepted and popular among citizens. Imagine, for example, Elena Kagan in her confirmation hearings saying she finds executions morally repugnant and will do everything in her power to render them unconstitutional. Would she end up on the Supreme Court? No.
Judge Goldstone was an appeals court judge who ruled on 28 capital cases in which he upheld the punishment. Only in two cases, did he himself render the first judgment of death (in the other cases he upheld an earlier sentence). Alan Dershowitz is a criminal lawyer. Never been a judge (and likely never will be after this outburst). Likely knows next to nothing about South African law. Easy for him to say what Judge Goldstone should’ve done 20 years ago during the apartheid era.
Of course, Dershowitz, being the intellectual slimeball that he is, omits the fact that Judge Goldstone delivered the critical legal ruling that began the undermining of the apartheid system. No mention of the bravery it took for a single judge to write a ruling that he knew would be detested by the entire white power structure which had appointed him. No mention of the fear he might’ve felt from the security services who were known to deal with the regime’s enemies rather harshly.
For this disgusting excuse for a human being and Jew to compare Richard Goldstone to Josef Mengele is a new, all-time low. In this interview, he says that Goldstone’s defense of his actions regarding capital cases is like “Josef Mengele” saying “he was just following orders.” As Israeli blogger Yossi Gurvitz noted to me in considerably saltier language, Mengele never gave such an excuse since he escaped from Europe and was never captured or tried for his crimes. Dershowitz really means the Nazis brought before the Nuremberg tribunal or Adolf Eichmann. But hey, why let a few facts stand in Dersh’s way? At long last, does this man have no dignity, no shame, not an ounce of human decency left in him?
This is the very man who Tel Aviv University honored with a doctorate last week, thanking him for his outstanding work on behalf of human rights. Thank God, 33 members of the history faculty took exception to the award. This is man welcome in the pages of the Jerusalem Post and websites like Huffington Post. A man lionized in synagogues and on the Jewish lecture circuit. Welcome at academic conferences. Finally, a man who likens one of most distinguished international jurists in the field of human rights and the laws of war to the Nazi “Angel of Death.”
Will a Jewish leader not finally take a stand and say enough, he is not welcome in my synagogue or before my organization. If some other Jewish group wants to honor him be my guest. But not here.
I can understand some Israel lobby groups saying we can’t choose our friends since we don’t have enough of them. That sort of embrace of Dershowitz I find repugnant, but at least I can understand it. However, for truly liberal groups like a university or websites like Huffington Post to lap up the slime that oozes out of his mouth is truly repellant to me.
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