From the Department of You Just Can’t Make This Shit Up

Dershowitz at Brooklyn College

The Brooklyn College Excelsior reports:

Author, civil rights lawyer, and political commentator Alan Dershowitz spoke at an event Wednesday evening in the Woody Tanger Auditorium on academics and the Israel-Palestine conflict, and criticized campus departments that sponsored controversial events that he said were one-sided.

The Brooklyn College Israel Club hosted the event, entitled “Israel-Palestine: The Case for Nuance.” The Brooklyn College Department of Political Science, along with the Tanger Hillel at Brooklyn College, three other academic departments, and other groups all sponsored the event.

“I objected to the fact that several Brooklyn College departments sponsored anti-Israel events,” Dershowitz said in an interview with The Excelsior after the event.  “Any department should not sponsor controversial speakers unless they are prepared to sponsor both sides.”

Got that? At an event co-sponsored by four academic departments, where he is the only speaker, Alan Dershowitz complains that academic departments are sponsoring events that are one-sided.

Alan Dershowitz is incapable of listening to anyone. Including, apparently, himself.


  1. xenon2 May 5, 2015 at 9:05 pm | #

    Oh, my!

  2. martin May 5, 2015 at 9:05 pm | #

    It is one sided because Dershowitz is not arguing with another Dershowitz.

    • John T. Maher May 5, 2015 at 9:45 pm | #

      Au contraire. Dersh is always argues with Dersh. We are merely voyeurs to his externalized interior cogitative meditations. I get the impression that the expression of narcissism here is so extreme that Dersh only responds to what he imagines the Other would have said if that Other had been possessed of Dersh-like majesty It must be like entering a black hole and finding Mathew McCaughnahy (sic) playing Dersh on the other side.

  3. John T. Maher May 5, 2015 at 9:15 pm | #

    You have made this point before and it remains valid. That said, I must now report you to the anti-BDS police for daring to criticize the Dersh and the idea of an ethnically pure Apartheid Zion subsidized with your tax dollars. Perhaps Dersh meant that Pam Geller ought to have been invited to represent the Palestinian viewpoint? All hail the Dersh!

  4. Glenn May 5, 2015 at 9:39 pm | #

    My bet is that Dershowitz does not consider himself to be a controversial speaker, so things were just as they should always be.

  5. RickM May 5, 2015 at 10:48 pm | #

    The derp is strong with the Dershowitz. Makes my skin crawl that I bought and enjoyed “The Best Defense” way back in the day.

  6. Mushin May 5, 2015 at 11:04 pm | #

    I am actually starting to feel pity for you as a professor…..never thought I could have such a feeling…….professors are like prostitute’s and nothing is free, someone is paying the bill. So you get paid as you play. My question seriously is how do you operate in so much continuous bullsh$t everyday? Do you have some special vacuum sleeping device that sucks bullsh$t out of you while your resting? Maybe special anti-bullsh$t diet regime? Have you looked into any new career possibilities? Now on the other hand Dershowitz is one of the most entertaining lawyers I have ever listened to, and that is a compliment because I literally hate lawyers…..for years if you told me you were a lawyer, I proceeded to humiliate you until you cried. Later.

  7. Judith Osterman May 6, 2015 at 1:54 am | #

    How come the Committee to Protect Teen-Age Prostitutes wasn’t there to debate him?

    • Bart May 6, 2015 at 1:48 pm | #

      He gives generous tips?

  8. Snarki, child of Loki May 7, 2015 at 8:41 am | #

    “From the Department of You Just Can’t Make This Shit Up”

    Was this one of the four departments that co-sponsored Dersh?

    Do they have many majors?

  9. Trevor May 11, 2015 at 5:39 pm | #

    This is what happens when you appease the right.

  10. jonnybutter May 12, 2015 at 12:36 pm | #

    Meanwhile, other professional assholes are rapt re: Professor Grundy and her ‘gaffes’.

  11. SC May 13, 2015 at 8:08 pm | #

    Not sure this is quite the right place to post this (and, of course, it’s new to me but I might have missed a discussion of it elsewhere) . . .

    See also:

    (Note the Pipes tweet “A new org’n that builds bios of US campus anti-#Israel fanatics so future employers will know their full college records.”)

    Canary Mission seems kinda one-sided to me. Maybe Dershowitz can help.


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