Wednesday, November 13, 2013

"The Case for Israel: Democracy's Outpost" with Alan Dershowitz

The Case for Israel: Democracy’s Outpost” (2009), by Michael Yohay, from Doc-Emet, features Alan Dershowitz speaking at Brandeis University near Boston, giving at first his personal reasons for supporting Israel, which includes mention of gay rights.   He quickly takes issue with Jimmy Carter’s 2007 book “Palestine: Peace, not Apartheid”, which I got for Christmas from my mother in 2007. 
Dershowitz recounts many opportunities for Palestinians to have their own state, going back to the 1930’s.  He says that every time the Palestinians refused, if that meant accepting the existence and presence of Israel.  He also says that the land taken to make settlements on the West Bank was purchased from absentee Palestinian landowners legally, and the people evicted were tenants, not homeowners.  That would certainly seem to contradict what George Meek (from the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program) has been saying at some church-sponsored meetings in northern Virginia (see International Issues blog, May 20, 2013 and Dec. 23, 2012).

The film notes that the security fence in the West Bank is often near the major north-south highway in Israel.

Toward the end of the film there is discussion of the possible dire consequences of Iran’s getting nuclear weapons.  This could eventually include being able to reach the eastern US with missiles, or more likely, giving them to terrorists to launch dirty bomb or EMP attacks. 
The film says that radical Islam, whether of the Shiite or Sunni variety, is hostile to the idea of democracy.
The link for the film is here
The film can be watched in Netflix instant play. 

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