Dershed By Harvard’s Giftzwerg

Could there be a more contemptible slime thrower than Alan Dershowitz? He is supposed to be a renowned defense attorney, but he is best known for his offense in defaming anyone who questions Zionism and the apartheid and misery it has brought to Palestine and to other parts of the world, including the United States.

Jimmy Carter, John Mearsheimer, Richard Goldstone, Desmond Tutu, Susan Abulhawa, and Norman Finkelstein have all been scourged by this infamous Dershbag. But ironically, to be dershed is no longer a “scarlet letter” but rather a badge of honor.

His latest venom is directed towards Gilad Atzmon, a world class jazz musician, who has just written a spectacular book The Wandering Who? A Study of Jewish Identity Politics (Zero Books, 2011). This short piece of non-fiction is a well-researched, systematic approach to understanding the psycho-social dynamics (in the words of Kathleen Christison) of how so many Jews, believing themselves to be doing “what is good for the Jews,” have managed to carve the heart out of the Palestinian nation and make this tragedy look like the natural order of things. Such sentiments violate the Zionist narrative and are hence open season for Professor Dershbag.

Of course he begins with the charge of anti-Semitism; the fact that Gilad Atzmon is Israeli and served in the IDF is ignored. Then comes the charge of Holocaust denial; the self-victimizing history of the Holocaust as told by Elie Wiesel must be believed and never questioned. Even Norman Finkelstein whose parents were both real survivors of Nazi concentration camps, was labeled a Holocaust denier after he dared to write a book revealing the duplicity of “The Holocaust Industry.”

The vile rants of this Harvard professor should embarrass this premier American university that claims to promote human rights and diversity, but most academic criticism is muted out of fear of also being slimed by this “poison dwarf”, which after all is the very definition of “Giftzwerg.”

Since Dershowitz is an advocate of torture, especially if it involves a ticking bomb, he has been invited by the sponsors of An Evening with Gilad Atzmon (March 13th, The Cracker Factory, Geneva, NY) to personally waterboard Gilad Atzmon in front of a crowd expected to be about 300, including students from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. It should be quite a performance. (Tickets are $18 and all proceeds go to the Deir Yassin Remembered Scholarship Fund.)

Daniel McGowan is a Professor Emeritus at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Because of admonishment by the administration, it is hereby stated that the above remarks are solely those of the author. Hobart and William Smith Colleges neither condone nor condemn these opinions. Furthermore, the author has been instructed to use his personal email address of and not his college email at for those wishing to contact him with comments or criticisms. Read other articles by Daniel, or visit Daniel's website.