Dershowitz: In the Line of Fire
Hat tip to StandWithUs for this article, Alan Dershowitz: The Hazards of Making the Case for Israel. The man writes an incredible book about Israel and the charming anti-Israel brigade has gotten to work.
A systematic effort to discredit the book, and me, has been undertaken by a well-organized group of Israel bashers led by Noam Chomsky, Norman Finkelstein, and Alexander Cockburn.
Dershowitz does a fantastic job shining a spotlight on their mode of attack, which is a three-pronged operation to delegitimize the object of their ire -- and it's worked for them in the past.
Because no one has thus far exposed the pattern, each attack may seem plausible on first impression. But when the pattern is examined and exposed, the entire enterprise becomes clear for what it is: a clear attempt to chill pro-Israel advocacy on university campuses by a form of literary McCarthyism.
He gives plenty of documentation about the horrible anti-Israel/anti-Semitic antics of the gruesome threesome. The following is yet another reason why these guys are scary.
Despite his demonstrable lies, Finkelstein is a popular speaker at anti-Israel events on university campuses around the world. He is not quite as popular as Chomsky and Cockburn, but he is paid handsomely by student groups anxious to promote his anti-Zionist rants. The members of the McCarthyite triumvirate are invited to campuses far more frequently than centrist, moderate pro-Israel speakers. There is something very wrong with this picture, but now that the pattern of literary McCarthyism has been exposed, perhaps the picture will change.
If you've never seen evidence of the deeds of these three or even if you've never heard of them, this article is an excellent primer and something with which you should definitely make yourself familiar.