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Dershowitz Sparks Harvard Protest

March 21, 2002

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) _ Harvard University students have twice confronted law professor Alan Dershowitz outside class, criticizing his proposal that Israel put Palestinian villages on notice that they will be destroyed in the event of an Arab terrorist attack.

About two dozen students gathered last Thursday and again on Tuesday to challenge Dershowitz over a column published in the Jerusalem Post last week.

They carried signs, some of which had pictures of demolished homes, and passed out copies of Dershowitz’s column, with a list of counterarguments on the back.

``He wants to threaten innocent civilian homes to get them to affect third parties that they don’t have any control over,″ said Najeeb Khoury, 24, president of the law school group Justice For Palestine. ``Making the occupation more draconian has never decreased the level of violence.″

In the newspaper column, Dershowitz, who is Jewish, proposed that Israel circulate a list of specific locations that would be demolished if Palestinians carried out attacks.

``It will announce with precision exactly what it will do in response to the next act of terrorism _ for example, the destruction of a small village which has been used as a base for terrorist operations,″ he wrote.

Dershowitz said he is willing to debate the matter. Justice for Palestine said it has not decided whether to do so.

``The terrorist has to know that when he gets on the bus and blows up Israeli citizens, he’s also blowing up buildings in his village. If any one can think of a better way to do this, I’m open,″ Dershowitz said in an interview.

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