Outspoken lawyer offers to defend IDF officers abroad

Wednesday, March 08, 2006 | 
American-Jewish attorney Alan Dershowitz has volunteered to defend Israeli soldiers who face legal proceedings abroad. He said It is "a shame that officers have to hide like criminals and are afraid to visit democratic countries, only because they carried out the policies of their elected government." Recent threats by leftist organizations in the United Kingdom to prosecute Gaza Brigade commander Brigadier General Aviv Kokhavi for war crimes led Kokhavi to cancel his study plans there. In September, Brigadier General (res.) Doron Almog did not get off the plane in London after he was warned that he was going to be served with a similar complaint for war crimes. Dershowitz, a law professor at Harvard and author of the book The Case for Israel, became famous for his successful defense of O.J. Simpson in his trial for murder.

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