To the Editor:
After winning the Palme d’Or at Cannes, Michael Moore quipped that there is only one country whose people can’t see his film. He was, of course, referring to the United States. What Moore didn’t say is that if he had his way, the people of another country, Israel, would also be unable to see his film.
According to an article in New Yorker Feb. 16, Moore has tried to prevent his films from being shown in Israel. By participating in the boycott against Israel, he may or may not be violating federal law, but he is joining in a wholly reprehensible action. His efforts would prevent all Israelis — peaceniks, Arabs, Christians and people with no politics — from viewing his documentaries.
This is discrimination based on national origin. Moore is in very bad company in his attempt to boycott Israel. He joins the Arab League, Hamas and other extremists who have pushed this boycott. Even Israeli basher Noam Chomsky has called the boycott of Israel immoral and foolish. Now Moore is hoisted by his own petard. He is complaining that Disney is refusing to distribute his film on political grounds, while at the same time insisting on his right to deny people the right to see his films on political grounds.
I would love to see another documentary filmmaker do an ambush interview on Moore and confront him with his own hypocrisy.
Alan Dershowitz (Dershowitz is a distinguished litigator and author.)
Editor’s note: Michael Moore claims that the New Yorker story cited by Dershowitz is incorrect. Further, he states that all his films have played in Israel, and that “Fahrenheit 9/11” has a distributor for Israel.