July 13, 2012, - 5:36 pm
Palestinian Statist Dershowitz Values Egyptian Sarcophagus Collection More Than Live Jews in “Settlements”
Harvard plagiarist (he admittedly stole his “The Case for Israel” book from Joan Peters’ “From Time Immemorial: The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict over Palestine“) lawyer Alan Dershowitz misses no chance to support a Palestinian State and attack Jews’ rights to live where they want including in Jerusalem (which he derides as “illegal settlements”), all while he pretends to be a strong advocate for Israel (he isn’t) and supports Barack Obama. Now, he’s whining over a financial loss he might take because the idiot bought an Egyptian sarcophagus he now can’t unload. My heart bleeds for him.
Alan M. Dershowitz, the Harvard law professor, is in a . . . bind. An antiquities collector, he is eager to sell an Egyptian sarcophagus he bought from Sotheby’s in the early 1990s. But he is stymied, he said, because auction houses are applying tighter policies to the items they accept for consignment.
“I can’t get proof of when it came out of Egypt,” Mr. Dershowitz said.
Across the country measures taken to curb the trade in looted artifacts are making it more difficult for collectors of antiquities to donate, or sell, the cultural treasures that fill their homes, display cases and storage units.
Museums typically no longer want artifacts that do not have a documented history stretching back past 1970, a date set by the Association of Art Museum Directors, whose guidelines most institutions have adopted. Drawn up in 2008, the rules have been applauded by countries seeking to recover their artifacts and by archaeologists looking to study objects in their natural settings. . . .
Mr. Dershowitz said that while he is disappointed, he is not distraught about his inability to sell the wooden Egyptian sarcophagus he purchased from Sotheby’s. He had sent it to Christie’s several months ago for auction, but Christie’s demurred.
“They told me it was perfectly legal to keep or sell it,” he said, “but it was not their policy to sell it unless it was absolutely documented that it left Egypt before 1970,” something he and both auction houses are unable to establish. So for now it’s in limbo.
Meanwhile, he said, he had another Egyptian sarcophagus at home in Cambridge, this one of granite, that he bought for about $35,000 from Christie’s about the same time. He isn’t even trying to sell that one. “I’m keeping that in the house,” he said, “in the hall.”
Must be nice. I guess that’s what getting a murderer (Klaus Von Bulow) acquitted buys you. Or miserably losing Mike Tyson’s and Leona Helmsley’s appeals and taking a ton of their money for it.
Since this walking sarcophagus, Dershowitz, was a big supporter of democratic elections in the Muslim world, maybe his newly elected buddy, Mohammed Morsi, can give him a Muslim Brotherhood backdated receipt.
Or maybe his good buddy, Obama, whom he’s supporting for Prez yet again, can help pull some strings. Afer all, Obama’s the father of Muslim Bro’hood democracy in Egypt.
Bottom Line: Alan Dershowitz values dead Egyptians far more than he does live Jews who are trying to live in peace in what he claims are “settlements” and wants to liquidate. Priorities.
BTW, I once debated this schmuck on ABC’s “Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher,” and I kicked his ass. He didn’t know what hit him.
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