July 13, 2012, - 5:36 pm

Palestinian Statist Dershowitz Values Egyptian Sarcophagus Collection More Than Live Jews in “Settlements”

By Debbie Schlussel

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.

Dershowitz: Likes Dead Ancient Egyptians & Obama More Than Live Jews in Israel

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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36 Responses

Right on!

DS, I would expect you to kick his ass! He could learn a lot from you.

Skunky on July 13, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Skunky, I suspect that Mr. Dershowitz many not have acquired his sarcophagus legitimately. If he bought it in the 1990’s from a legitimate dealer, he would have been given paperwork on the art object pursuant to that 1970 regulation. As an attorney, it would have been amazing if Mr. Dershowitz had not demanded possession such documentation prior to his purchase. There is something fishy here.

    Worry on July 13, 2012 at 6:08 pm


      Its certainly fishy! If you’re buying a genuine antique artifact, you’d want to get the papers to prove they have not be altered, stolen, smuggled, etc. and you would think an attorney like Dershowitz would have done that homework prior to acquiring them in the first place.

      And this man presumes to give Israel advice when he can’t even verify the items he has in his collection are authentic antiquities and not fakes.

      What an idiot!

      NormanF on July 13, 2012 at 6:57 pm

        Dear Worry & Mr. F: You took the words right off my keyboard/

        Think of keeping an Egyptian sarcophagus, a mummy case, in your foyer. WHO, outside of a Vincent Price, movie, would do such a thing?

        Miranda Rose Smith on July 15, 2012 at 8:59 am

    & I as WELL SUPORT Palestinian State & asking Jews to go where they came from,,,,,,, Get the ” elbow ! ”
    OUT from ocuppied Palestinian teritory …..OUT !

    MAYA WIERTEL on July 14, 2012 at 9:12 am

Alan Dershowitz seems unaware the Arabs reject peace with Israel.

No amount of unilateral Israeli concessions are going to get them to change their minds.

Perhaps its fitting Dershowitz’s Egyptian sarcophagus being in limbo is exactly what happened to the non-existent “peace process” he has endorsed.

I recommend he read the just released Edmond Levy Report in Israel that reaffirmed the long-standing Jewish national right to settle in Judea and Samaria. He probably won’t get around to reading it – but then again the Left of which he is part will always be in denial about the reality of the Middle East.

The mirage of peace is just that – a mirage. Just like with the Egyptian sarcophagus he can’t off-load. And oh yeah one other thing needs to be mentioned – the Egyptian worship of the dead remains as true today as it was thousands of years ago in that country under the Pharaohs – nowadays under the Muslim Brotherhood.

They hated Jews way back then and they hate Jews now and Dershowitz needs to get a frickin’ clue!

NormanF on July 13, 2012 at 5:58 pm


I was hoping to see something from you about a creep named Max Blumenthal, an award winning journalist from the NY Times. Despite being a Jew himself, he has made a career out of smearing Israel and it’s ‘opression’ of the Palestinians and it’s ‘illegal’ occupation of Palestinian land. He just put out an article in the Nation about the right wing elitists who fuel ‘Islamaphobia’ in the US. He calls Geert Wilders an anti-Muslim bigot. I think someone like you needs to expose this dirtbag!


Jim Colorado on July 13, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Your implying that you actually believe the occupation and the apartheid policies of Israel is in fact legal. I guess hundreds of legal scholars, the UN, the ICC, and the entire international community is wrong in their determination of the legality of the occupation. Your suggestion that the conditions in the OT doesn’t amount to oppression is equally humorous. Why don’t you go to Gaza and experience the “paradise” Israel created for them.

    Max Blumenthal, as you accurately point out, is an award winning journalist…..for good reason (search “feeling the hate” on YouTube and you’ll understand why). He doesn’t smear Israel, he exposes it. Sorry you don’t like learning the truth. The only thing islamaphobes accomplish such as Geert Wilders, Pam Geller, Robert Spencer, and big Debbie is creating hateful terrorists like Anders Breiviks

    daniel stein on July 15, 2012 at 2:05 am


      Dear Mr. Stooge: Where does Anders Breivik, may he rot in hell, mention Ms. Schlussel?

      Have you any idea what countries sit, or have sat, on the International Criminal Court? You know what the human rights record of those countries is like?

      If the conditions in Gaza, swimming pools, shopping malls, getting supplied with water, electricity and humanitarian aid from the people you supply with rockets, amount to oppession, I’d like to know what doesn’t. You want oppression? Go to Sederot and get shot at.

      You do know that Israel, which has no miscegenation laws and where the Arabs vote, sit in the Knesset, attend universities, ride the same buses as Jews, eat in the same restaurants as Jews, is the least apartheid country on the planet, don’t you? People call Israel an apartheid country out of projection, because they want to ban and ostracize Jews.

      Miranda Rose Smith on July 15, 2012 at 8:55 am

        Miranda, your reply, which sounds like it came out of an hasbara handbook, displays your utter lack of knowledge of the conflict or your willful denial of the truth. I suspect the latter.

        According to your expertise Gaza is a comfortable place to live and has an abundance of water, electricity, and humanitarian aid. You neglected to mention that 70% of Gazans are without sufficient water due to theft/reallocation, poisoning, and destruction of Palestinian water wells by the settlers and security forces. With just as many villages not integrated into the electrical power grid leaving Gazans in the dark. These are not opinions but facts supported by every humanitarian organization to visit the OT.

        Do your research before you regurgitate Israeli propaganda. I’m surprised you didn’t mention the recent Levy report released this week, backed by netanyahoo, where the “legal experts” determined that THERE IS NO OCCUPATION! Hahaha! The ground is shifting, Israelis, gentiles, and Jews worldwide are not buying Zionists bullshit anymore. Sorry but Brand Israel failed.

        daniel stein on July 15, 2012 at 7:38 pm

          You neglected to mention that 70% of Gazans are without sufficient water due to theft/reallocation, poisoning, and destruction of Palestinian water wells by the settlers and security forces.

          Dear Mr. Stooge: Are you making these posts, via time machine, from the 15th century? Jews poisoning wells is a medieval blood libel.

          Miranda Rose Smith on July 17, 2012 at 5:53 am

I liked The Case For Israel and his later book, The Case Against Israel’s enemies. He may be a liberal, and I may agree with you on most things, but I think we need more Alan Dershowitz’s writing about Israel’s history and legitimacy. Also, why do you think he plagiarized the book? He cited many, many sources including the words of many of our enemies.

K: The sources “he” cited were the same that Joan Peters cited b/c he flat out ripped her off. It’s well known. Google it. He’s a thief. Plain and simple. And no, he agrees with me on nothing. He just pretends to agree, but then supports Obama, a Palestinian state, and kicking Jews out of all their homes in the “settlements.” He agrees with Palestinians more than me. Far more. DS

Karen on July 13, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Debbie is right – why would any pro-Israel supporter want to take the word of a demonstrated plagiarist on Israel? What Dershowitz wants, besides seeing Obama re-elected, is a Hamastan created alongside Israel’s major population centers and industry.

    An Arab state in the so-called “West Bank” just like in Gaza will sooner or later be taken over by Hamas. If Dershowitz doesn’t know that, then he’s far dumber than than being a muddle-headed antiquities collector.

    As Debbie puts it well, he shows far more concern for his ill-fated Egyptian sarcophagus collection than for the fate of his fellow Jews in Israel. A Palestinian Arab state will never lead to peace.

    Ask Dershowitz why he still supports its establishment.

    NormanF on July 13, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    No, no. I wrote that I agree with you on many things, not Alan.

    Karen on July 13, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Why doesn’t he collect Jewish artifacts and Jewish art instead of the garbage that he currently collecting?

Little Al on July 13, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Little Al, seriously?!…haven’t you always wanted an ancient coffin to grace your hallway?
    Impress the ladies! 🙂 Maserati GT?…pffft, big whoop. I’ve got a sarcophagus in my hall, babe. Wanna go check it out?

    theShadow on July 14, 2012 at 9:17 pm

How does one explain that Dershowitz is a semi-regular columnist for David Horowitz’s pro-Israel web site, Front Page? His articles seem to make sense there. Could it be that he saves his pro-Israel side for Horowitz?

S: David Horowitz has zero backbone and is the standard for nothing, except promotion of David Horowitz and his income. He still has a long column on his site memorializing open Jew-hater, HAMAS supporter, and enemy of Israel, Robert Novak, as a great guy. He refuses to take it down, despite my many requests. But he took a column down that criticized anti-Israel Muslim Hussein Ibish b/c his good friend, Christopher Hitchens, told him to. Horowitz openly opposed the release of Jonathan Pollard. And as I noted on this site, Horowitz paid and employed two scumbags who praised Muslim rape, death, and torture threats against me and my Holocaust survivor grandparents. If you see any actions by Horowitz or Frontpage Mag as any sort of standard for anything on Israel or Jews, you are far too naive. He’s a hypocrite in many, many ways. WAKE UP. Just as you need to wake up on your anti-Semitic friends at The American Spectator, whose links you posted on my site (they were removed). DS

Seek on July 13, 2012 at 6:19 pm


    Any one is pro-Obama and a Palestinian Arab statist is NOT pro-Israel!

    Dershowitz wants to play both sides of the street. Sorry, that doesn’t wash with friends of Israel.

    His “solution” is a sure-fire recipe for unending conflict and war in the Middle East.

    Of course he won’t have to pay the price if he should get it his way. Israel’s people would have to deal with the consequences.

    What a miserable excuse this man is for a Jew and a human being!

    NormanF on July 13, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Conservatives should NOT patronize and support phony conservative sites like FrontPageMag, The American Spectator, National Review, etc.

    The reason is the people who run them have zero principles and ethics and openly support anti-Semites and anti-Israel Muslims.

    Not to mention that they have banned Debbie from contributing to them for the reasons I just mentioned.

    So what if Dershowitz might post on them? What on earth does that have to do with price of tea in China or with where Deshowitz stands on Israel? Its been well documented and conservatives need to wake up and realize they neither help America or Israel.

    As long as conservatives continue to flirt with the poseurs and frauds among them, we won’t get the kind of people we need in public life to save our country from decline and to keep Israel strong.

    That’s the bottom line.

    NormanF on July 13, 2012 at 6:41 pm

      I would read them, but I would never subscribe to them. A really bad one is The American Conservative. They still accept columns from Pat Buchanan. That man is fit for a John Birch website, and nothing more at this point. He has become as bad as the late Joseph Sobran.

      Worry on July 13, 2012 at 8:42 pm


How could you forget his role in the OJ trial? That was the first time I heard of him.

Infidel on July 13, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Dershowitz was willing to take a lot of money to advance his career – no matter the client he represented. And to take this man’s advice about Israel at face value? Dershowitzian ethics is of the slithery kind.

And that’s not a compliment!

NormanF on July 13, 2012 at 6:44 pm

“Any one [who] is pro-Obama and a Palestinian Arab statist is NOT pro-Israel!” – NormanF

Ex-New York mayor (and certified alter-kocker) Ed Koch also belongs on that list, for reasons Debbie has cited in earlier columns, plus this particular issue.

ConcernedPatriot on July 13, 2012 at 7:08 pm

I am ONLY pro – Obama when it comes to Palestiune .
Israely get out of Palestine …… wrong, wrong, wrong no matter how U DRESS IT ;-((((

MAYA WIERTEL on July 14, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Israel out of Palestine? Your kidding right Maya or you really being serious? Then again, your Polish folks seem to not amaze me.

    Listen Maya, that land (whether it’s Israel or Palestine) has ALWAYS been predominately jewish, going way back to biblical times. And more and more jewish people moved to Israel during the post WWII era you know why Maya, because the jews who lived in many European countries where being “persecuted” and murdered (the holocaust comes to mind) by your fellow Europeans.

    Now if the Palestinans (and there are PLENTY of Palestinan-Arabs in Israel who are treated VERY fairly, live a good/great life and have TONS of opportunities to improve their lives, etc.) and the rest of the arab-muslims put down their fire-arms first, then there will be peace in that half of the middle east, if the Israelis decide to put down their fire-arms first, it’ll be hell and chaos and a heaven-forbid another holocaust! And at the sametime I don’t condone everything the Israeli government does, nor I’m not a fan/supporter of their government and leadership, and DS and all of us here in the past have called out and scrutinize the Israeli government whenever they do BS policies, etc.

    “A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

    Sean R. on July 14, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Maya darling, you’re a liar. You LOVE Hussein.

    Anyway, the Fakestinians are squatters in Eretz Israel. They should have been expelled decades ago.

    skzion on July 14, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    MAYA WIERTEL, what is the relation between the Plastinians and Egyptian antiques ?

    jerry1800 on July 14, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    MAYA get out of world and this blog!! YOU stink and no matter how many times you bathe it is just wron, wrong for you to bring your smelly carcass here! Now get OUT of the WORLD….your excess BullSh-tz weight is making it wobble on its axis.

    Alabama Pride on July 14, 2012 at 8:42 pm


Let us not forget that this man received a lot of publicity for getting involved in the Jonathan Polllard case, yet he did NOTHING except promote his own interests.

Fundamentally, he is a LOUSY attorney. The Klaus von Murderer case was a slam dunk that could have been wone by any third year law students. Basically, the cops violated the Fourht Amendment, plain and simple. Other than that, I do not know of any other cases he has won where he was the principal attorney.

His support for Obama shows he puts his liberalism before his Americanism and Judaism. His continued call for a freeze on settlements, which was done before for 10 MONTHS, shows that he bends over backwards to say, “Well, I am Jewish, as long as it does not interfere with Obama’s agenda of stomping on Israel and America.”

He is another Harvard jackass, that no one would listen to if he was not a professor at this infamous institution of anti-Americanism with a long history of anti-Semitism.

Dershowitz only uses Judaism as a means to promote himself.

Jonathan E. Grant on July 14, 2012 at 9:52 am

Hey Debbie,
if you could find the video of that debate between you and Dorkowitz on ‘Politically Incorrect’ I’m sure i wouldn’t be the only one here who would thoroughly enjoy watching it.

Airmet Tango on July 14, 2012 at 1:10 pm

He looks like he should be in that sarcophagus. Where does Debbie get some of these pictures from? They cross the entire spectrum from hilarious, to frightening (like the on in this post), or to downright gross.

CornCoLeo on July 14, 2012 at 2:18 pm

alan dingbat dershowitz is a radical, left-wing traitor.

Dave on July 15, 2012 at 12:56 am

Dershowitz needs to step down from the podium and spend a few months in Hebron, Ariel, Jerusalem (all of it), and Sederot. A few weeks as a bus driver on the Jeru-Hebron route (#60) might enlighten him as well.

Not Ovenready on July 15, 2012 at 1:10 am

Debbie, you say you debated Dershowitz on ABC’s “Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher” and kicked his ass (along with one of my favorite comics, Joan Rivers). I’d enjoy seeing a video clip of that. Is it available anywhere?

Ralph Adamo on July 15, 2012 at 2:43 am

We have far worse enemies of the Jewish State and Jewish People than Alan Dershowitz.

That being said, Dershowitz has an obvious shortcoming. He wants to be identified as a Liberal (Capital “L”) and will make more than a few senseless compromises in order to avoid being alienated by the Liberal mainstream. This is sad as it is doomed to fail.

The Liberal mainstream now demands total obedience and regimentation. Support for Israel to ANY degree is “verboten”.

Yet Dershowitz keeps trying to make “The Case for Israel” failing to realize that the Liberal establishment starts with “I hate Jews” and rationalizes backwards from that foundation.

The Democratic Party is funded by King Abdullah (Saudi Arabia) and George Soros; both Jew-haters. When Dershowitz cuts ties with the Democratic Party, perhaps he’ll gain some respect.

There is NO Santa Claus on July 15, 2012 at 10:40 pm

Debbie – Can you post a link to the debate? I’d love to watch it. Remember: You can be liberal and Jewish, but not unless you dump all that traditional Torah-stuff. That’s the rule.

Phil on July 16, 2012 at 11:59 am

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