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Alan Dershowitz Praises UC-Berkeley Chancellor for Slamming Anti-Semitic Cartoon

Alan Dershowitz Praises UC-Berkeley Chancellor for Slamming Anti-Semitic Cartoon
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By    |   Wednesday, 25 October 2017 05:42 PM

Alan Dershowitz praised the chancellor of the University of California-Berkeley on Wednesday for condemning the student newspaper's publication of an "anti-Semitic" cartoon depicting him negatively, calling for the artist to be fired.

"There must be a single standard for criticizing all forms of bigotry," the Harvard Law School professor emeritus told The Washington Free Beacon. "The chancellor would have criticized a racist, sexist, homophobic, or anti-Muslim cartoon."

Chancellor Carol Christ "was right to criticize the anti-Semitic one," Dershowitz said.

The cartoon was published last Wednesday in The Daily Californian. It was by student cartoonist Joel Mayorga.

It depicts Dershowitz advocating the "liberal case for Israel," yet it shows him squashing one Palestinian activist under his foot and holding another in his hand — apparently shot to death by a soldier of the "IDF," or Israel Defense Force.

Christ wrote a letter to the editor, published Tuesday by the Daily Wire.

"Your recent editorial cartoon targeting Alan Dershowitz was offensive, appalling, and deeply disappointing," Christ said. "I condemn its publication.

"Are you aware that its anti-Semitic imagery connects to the centuries-old 'blood libel' that falsely accused Jews of engaging in ritual murder?

"I cannot recall anything similar in the Daily Cal, and I call on the paper's editors to reflect on whether they would sanction a similar assault on other ethnic or religious groups," Christ said.

"We cannot build a campus community where everyone feels safe, respected and welcome if hatred and the perpetuation of harmful stereotypes become an acceptable part of our discourse."

Karim Doumar, the Californian's editor-in-chief, published an editor's note to the cartoon Wednesday.

"The artist's intent was to argue that the contents of Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz's recent lecture at UC Berkeley were hypocritical," Doumar said. "We regret that the artistic rendering distracted from the discussion the artist was trying to start.

"The criticism we have received reaffirms for us a need for a more critical editing eye, and a stronger understanding of the violent history and contemporary manifestations of anti-Semitism.

"We appreciate those who have reached out offering to help us better our understanding of these issues," Doumar said. "We will be taking them up on the offer."

In a letter to the editor Tuesday, Rabbi Adam Naftalin-Kelman, director of Berkeley's Hillel Jewish Student Center, has offered to educate the paper's staff on anti-Semitism in the United States.

"There should be no excuse or rationalization for why this cartoon is 'simply' a critique of Israeli policy or the speaker's opinion," Naftalin-Kelman said.

Still, Dershowitz told the Free Beacon that Mayorga's work should no longer be published by the newspaper.

"They wouldn't publish a cartoonist who drew sexist or other bigoted cartoons. They would fire him," he said. "The same standards must apply."

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Alan Dershowitz praised the chancellor of the University of California-Berkeley on Wednesday for condemning the student newspaper's publication of an "anti-Semitic" cartoon depicting him negatively, calling for the artist to be fired.
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