Avi Shlaim’s peer review on Beyond Chutzpah

An extract [Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol. 35, No. 2 (Winter, 2006), pp. 88-89]

Above all, the book is a devastating indictment of Alan Dershowitz, The Case for
Israel (2003). Finkelstein seems to have read everything that Dershowitz has ever said
or written on the subject and related matters such as the role of the advocate. Finkelstein
exposes Dershowitz beyond any reasonable doubt as a liar, a bigot, a racist, a plagiarist
(from Joan Peters!), and an out-and-out opportunist. Dershowitz’s lies and fabrications
are nailed down one by one, systematically and comprehensively. By the time Finkelstein
has finished, nothing is left of Dershowitz’s reputation as a scholar or of the spurious
case he built up for Israel. In my 34 years as an academic, I have never come across a
more thorough and comprehensive demolition job.


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