December 15, 2018

Alan Dershowitz cartoon in UC Berkeley paper criticized for being anti-Semitic

UC Berkeley’s student newspaper, The Daily Californian, is under fire for publishing an editorial cartoon of Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz that has been criticized for being anti-Semitic.

Dershowitz spoke at Berkeley on October 11 defending Israel from a liberal perspective. A few days later, The Daily Californian published the following cartoon:

“The Liberal Case For Israel” referenced in the cartoon was the name of Dershowitz’s event at Berkeley.

The cartoon has been accused of being anti-Semitic:

Some defended it:

The Daily Californian has not responded to the Journal’s requests for comment.

UC Berkeley initially blocked Dershowitz from speaking, citing a new policy that requires invitations for speakers who weren’t invited by campus faculty and staff to notify the administration eight weeks prior to the event. Dershowitz argued that the policy was skewed against pro-Israel speakers like himself because the Berkeley faculty only invites anti-Israel speakers. Berkeley relented and let him speak.

After Dershowitz’s event, someone drew a swatstika on a photo of Dershowitz on a flyer:

It is not known who put the swatstika on the flyer.

Dean of Berkeley Law School Erwin Cherwinsky sent a letter condemning the swatstika, writing, “Several of our students expressed their disagreement with him [Dershowitz] and did so in a completely appropriate way that led to discussion and dialogue. I was pleased to hear of how this went, but then shocked to learn of the swastika drawn on a flyer that someone had posted about him.”

Dershowitz is a liberal Democrat and a staunch supporter of Israel. He has written books that include The Case for Israel and The Case Against Israel’s Enemies.