Shorter Dershowitz: the Arabs make us kill their babies and then use them as propaganda against us.
A remarkable video offered by settler affiliated Arutz Sheva provides a peek into the jumbled mind of Israel’s foremost hasbarist fantasist. Dersh was speaking at a conference organized by Tel Aviv University the same weekend that he received an honorary degree for his valiant defense of Israel against the noxious anti-Israel hordes. Note the ironies and outright lies screaming out from the page. Here are some salient quotes:
…The world should be praising Israel. Has any country in history ever contributed as much to the world as Israel in 62 years?…In 62 years, the number of lives it has saved…The world should be coming to Israel and saying: Thank you, thank you, thank you instead of trying to delegitimate [sic].
…A variation on Holocaust denial is central to the anti-Israel critique.
…There is a direct connection between [World War II-era Palestinian Nazi supporter] Haj al Husseini and some of the organizations today which seek Israel’s delegitimation. [sic] People [on college campuses] just close their ears [when they hear this argument]. It’s as if they’re on Planet Chomsky.
Then there is military delegitimation. [sic] It is such a clever–if it weren’t such a horrible technique. Again, I have a name for it. I call it Hamas and Hezbollah’s “dead baby strategy.” It sounds cruel. But it’s very, very simple. The most powerful image in the media is a mother holding a dead baby.
What Hamas and Hezbollah know is that if they fire enough rockets at Israeli children…they know eventually any democracy will have to respond. How do you respond? You try to get the rocket firings. [sic] And where do they put the rockets? You wouldn’t know it if you read the Goldstone Report…but right in the middle of civilian populations. The goal is to induce Israel to kill as many babies as possible. The object is to have Al Jazeera there to photograph the dead baby. You can’t hear what I’m saying when you have those powerful visual images.
As to which country [Israel] has the best record of protecting civilians–not the second or third or fourth–but the best record…And when the worst is called the best and the best is called the worst nothing can be a greater defeat for human rights.
Our greatest enemies are not the Islamist extremists. They help our case. The problem is Jews. Jews and Israelis. [applause] It’s this argument by ethnic identification. You get a man like Norman Finkelstein who has never identified as a Jew. A fervent anti-Jew in addition to being anti-Israel. Never identified as a Jew. But for purposes of attacking Israel he says, “I’m Jewish and therefore you have to give me more credibility.”
Among other ludicrous statements he made, he called Tel Aviv University Prof. Rachel Giora, a “censorial Stalinist” because he alleges that in supporting BDS she supports the stifling of free speech.
Never think for a second that Alan Dershowitz has sunk as low as he can go. He’ll always surprise you.
Silverstein has published Tikun Olam since 2003, It exposes the secrets of the Israeli national security state. He lives in Seattle, but his heart is in the east. He publishes regularly at Middle East Eye, the New Arab, and Jacobin Magazine. His work has also appeared in Al Jazeera English, The Nation, Truthout and other outlets.