In order of gravity, here is the most disturbing of lies and propaganda in the article:
While Israel digs deeply into its treasury and manpower to send medical assistance a quarter of the way around the world, Arab and Muslim nations are generally missing in action when it comes to relief efforts.
It's really mind boggling, given this article is published at the 24th. It couldn't have taken long for this fine lawyer to search Google for info on Arab aid to Haiti. Just type 'Arab aid Haiti' and you'll get several articles saying more or less the same thing: listing the volume and form of initial aid Arab states have rushed to put together (that has also been increased, later). Dershowitz couldn't have not known this, it's obvious that he'd chosen to lie.
And he's not even alone. Here's David Harris of the AJC yesterday:
The Israeli effort far exceeds the nation’s small size and dwarfs the response of many larger countries. Of course, some countries, most notably in the Arab world, shamefully sat on their hands, doing nothing in the face of a human calamity.
What's going on? why is this semi-campaign of lies and propaganda?
You can only understand this in light of Israel's desperate attempt to score some PR brownie points out of the aid it's providing -- something Dershowitz calls Realpolitik (isn't it also Realpolitik to call you out on it, Dershowitz?). And Israel, government and IDF, isn't keeping this a secret. NYTimes reports on the 21st of Jan:
The government has been trying to figure out how to make the most of the relatively rare positive news coverage, especially after the severe criticism it has faced over its Gaza offensive a year ago.
(note that 'severe criticism' is actually a reference to the war crime charges set by the UN fact finding mission, aka the Goldstone report.)
So there you have it. Before I'd read the above (and many other) articles, I didn't think much of the Israeli aid. Although I knew it's going to be exploitedand politicized in one way or the other. Israel set up a field hospital? Jordan did the same. Israel sent 9 metric tons of aid? (Which Dershowitz, mind you, says it had to 'dig deep into its treasury and manpower' to put together), the UAE sent 117 tons of supply. Iran promised to send 30.
So, what exactly warrants this exceptional 'positive news coverage' for Israel's aid? am I missing something here? does helping out in Haiti erases war crimes in Gaza? does the rap sheet of a Mafioso become squeaky clean out of the sudden just by contributing to charity?
A friend of mine observed: 'but I don't see any Muslim governments stepping up'. Of course you'll not see them, they're not going in to a disaster zone, cameras rolling and all, with full blown publicity and grinding gears of PR machine.
But why am I not surprised? if you use the Holocaust tragedy to justify the persecution of Palestinians and the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, it's not far fetched for you to use humanitarian aid to Haiti to cover up for war crimes against Palestinians and Palestine.