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If America has the right to target Osama bin Laden, or terrorists, of course Israel has the right to defend itself from terrorism.
Alan Dershowitz

There is a paranoid streak in American life. Radio talk show hosts tend to foment that paranoid streak in American life.
Alan Dershowitz

The pervasiveness of guns in our society is destroying America.
Alan Dershowitz

When you discriminate against anyone, you discriminate against everyone. It’s a display of terrible intolerance.
Alan Dershowitz

I generally don’t select my chicken or my hamburgers based on the personal ideology of the person who is either flipping the hamburgers or making the money back at corporate headquarters. But if people want to do that, they’re free to do it.
Alan Dershowitz

Every celebrity case I’ve been involved in – I’ve been involved in a great many – the one thing you can be sure of is they don’t get the same justice as everybody else. It could be worse, it could be better, it’s never the same.
Alan Dershowitz

I think we’re seeing privacy diminish, not by laws… but by young people who don’t seem to value their privacy.
Alan Dershowitz

When I was growing up, my mother would always say, ‘It will go on your permanent record.’ There was no ‘permanent record.’ If there were a ‘permanent record,’ I’d never be able to be a lawyer. I was such a bum in elementary school and high school… There is a permanent record today, and it’s called the Internet.
Alan Dershowitz

It’s every lawyer’s dream to help shape the law, not just react to it.
Alan Dershowitz

The same independence that got me into trouble in high school got me praise in college.
Alan Dershowitz

I feel like my 50 years at Harvard were an interlude. I’m really a New Yorker.
Alan Dershowitz

We have to fulfill what the real meaning of the Second Amendment is: reasonable access to guns for self-protection and for hunting. And there’s no room in America for these semiautomatic, automatic and other kinds of weapons that are simply designed to cause mass havoc.
Alan Dershowitz

I’ve thought of publishing a book of my hate mail, but I don’t own the rights to the letters.
Alan Dershowitz

I talk with my hands. Some people don’t like that. That’s who I am.
Alan Dershowitz

I’ve written important articles on prevention, on the concept of the preventive state, how the law is moving much more in an area of trying to prevent wrongs than trying to deal with them after they occur. That will be my academic/intellectual legacy.
Alan Dershowitz

I never had a strategy about my life. I didn’t have enough information to have a strategy. I’m the first person in my family to go to college. I had no family mentors.
Alan Dershowitz

I’m a very tough guy, and I fight hard, and I don’t give up. And that makes me friends and that makes me enemies, and I know that.
Alan Dershowitz

I’ve had such a satisfying life professionally and personally. I hope my tombstone says, ‘Never boring.’
Alan Dershowitz

What the United States has to do is send a clear message to Iran that they will not be able to develop nuclear weapons. Why endure the difficulty of sanctions if they are not going to be able to develop nuclear weapons anyway?
Alan Dershowitz

There will never be another Ed Koch. He was an original, but he represented a significant, if shrinking, segment of American Jewry who refused to compromise their liberal values, their support for Israel or their Jewish pride.
Alan Dershowitz

Ed Koch will never ‘rest in peace.’ That was not his way. He was always nervously squirming, while making others squirm as well. Comfort was not his goal. He understood that to be a proud and assertive Jew meant never being able to leave a sigh of relief and say, ‘It’s over, we are at peace, we can now put down our guard and relax.’
Alan Dershowitz

The threat or fear of violence should not become an excuse or justification for restricting freedom of speech.
Alan Dershowitz

Individuals have the right to pick and choose which expressions to condemn, which to praise and which to say nothing about. Governments, however, must remain neutral as to the content of expression. And governments must protect the rights of all to express even the most despicable of views.
Alan Dershowitz

Being offended by freedom of speech should never be regarded as a justification for violence.
Alan Dershowitz

I’m never satisfied unless I get the last word.
Alan Dershowitz

A criminal trial is never about seeking justice for the victim. If it were, there could be only one verdict: guilty.
Alan Dershowitz

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