Monday, April 25, 2005

Lie after Lie after Lie for Israel

In the article, The Case Against Alan Dershowitz Public Committee Against Torture in Israel vs. Dershowitz, Regan Boychuk exposes more of Dershowitz's lies in the service of Zionism. Boychuk writes, "In the course of arguing that Israeli authorities no longer torture Palestinians, Dershowitz claimed he had a long conversation with the Israeli human rights organization, Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI), in which PCATI not only conceded that there was no longer any torture for them to investigate, but that they refused to change their name because it helped them attract media attention. Although organizers of his lecture wore shirts arrogantly proclaiming, “Dersh knows more than you”, I decided to check his claim."
And Boychuk finds that Dershowitz is lying, "PCATI was still reporting that “Instances of torture, abuse, prisoners held incommunicado and excessive violence against [Palestinian] detainees continue to grow in both numbers and severity”, while “interrogators and perpetrators of torture, their commanders and superiors enjoy impunity.”

Norman Finkelstein also exposes Dershowitz as a liar in his new book Beyond Chutzpah : On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History

Finkelstein documents the fact that apologists for Israel contrive controversy. "Whenever Israel comes under international pressure, another media campaign alleging a global outbreak of anti-Semitism is mounted." "The core analysis of Beyond Chutzpah sets Dershowitz's assertions on Israel's human rights record against the findings of the mainstream human rights community. Sifting through thousands of pages of reports from organizations such as Amnesty International, B'Tselem, and Human Rights Watch, Finkelstein demonstrates that Dershowitz has systematically misrepresented the facts."

"A very solid, important and highly informative book. Norman Finkelstein provides extensive details and analysis, with considerable historical depth and expert research, of a very wide range of issues concerning Israel, the Palestinians, and the U.S."--Noam Chomsky, author of Hegemony or Survival America's Quest for Global Dominance also available at Powell's: Hegemony or Survival

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