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Norman Finkelstein: Profile
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Demeaning Jewish Victims of Terrorism
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Israel Blocks US Professor from Entering Country
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May 27, 2008

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May 26, 2008

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January 11, 2008

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U.S. Academic Finkelstein Meets Top Hezbollah Official in Lebanon
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January 8, 2008

Norm Finkelstein Praises Hezbollah
By Judeosphere
January 5, 2008

The Coney Island Exile of a Scholar Who Would Be Noam Chomsky, but Isn't
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December 10, 2007

Finkelstein the Sexist
By Alan M. Dershowitz
November 21, 2007

USC "Middle East Awareness Week" Features the Usual Suspects
By Cinnamon Stillwell
November 9, 2007

The Israel Lobby Destroys Academic Freedom?
By Anthony Paletta
October 19, 2007

The Passion of Norman Finkelstein
By Steven Plaut
September 17, 2007

The Next Piece of Housekeeping for DePaul?
By Steven Plaut
September 6, 2007

Finkelstein’s Sexism
By Alan M. Dershowitz
June 26, 2007

The Fight Against the Israel-Haters in Academia
By Asaf Romirowsky
June 15, 2007

DePaul Denies Tenure to Finkelstein
By Jewish Telegraphic Agency
June 11, 2007

Go Ahead, Circle Your Wagons around Finkelstein
By David French
June 6, 2007

Radical Reverse Psychology
By Alan M. Dershowitz
June 4, 2007

Student Group Petitions against Finkelstein
By Jewish Telegraph Agency
June 4, 2007

Match Point
By Noam Chomsky and Alan Dershowitz
June 1, 2007

An Unstable Academic Threatens Alan Dershowitz
By Steven Plaut
May 24, 2007

Taking the Bait
By Alan Dershowitz
May 21, 2007

Democracy Not!
By Alan M. Dershowitz
May 16, 2007

DePaul's Disgrace
By Marty Peretz
May 12, 2007

Academic Questions
By The Jewish Exponent
May 10, 2007

Finkelstein's Bigotry
By Alan Dershowitz
May 4, 2007

The Unsolicited Outside Letter; A Regular Part of the University Tenure and Appointment Process
By Emmet Trueman
May 2, 2007

The Finkelstein Affair
By Steven Plaut
April 23, 2007

A Bitter Spat Over Ideas, Israel and Tenure
By Patricia Cohen
April 12, 2007

Unethical Sponsorship
By Greg Collins
April 12, 2007

Will America’s Largest Catholic University Give Tenure to a Fan of the Hezbollah?
By Steven Plaut
April 5, 2007

Harvard Law Professor Works to Disrupt Tenure Bid of Longtime Nemesis at DePaul U.
By Jennifer Howard
April 5, 2007

In Every Generation, They Rise Up
By Jonathan Tobin
March 29, 2007

Appearance of Staunch Israel Critic Sends Penn Campus Into a Tailspin
By Bryan Schwartzman
March 29, 2007

Behind New Sponsors, Controversial Middle East Writer Norman Finkelstein to Speak
By Miranda Neubauer
March 27, 2007

Pro-Israel Forum at Bryn Mawr
By Candace de Russy
March 23, 2007

Would the Political Science Department Invite David Duke?
By Alan Dershowitz
March 19, 2007

Timeline of Finkelstein Event
by David Pepose
March 16, 2007

Radical Student Alliance/SDS Disavows Member, Finkelstein Visit
By David Pepose
March 16, 2007

Brandeis University President Jehuda Reinharz, Israel and Me
By Daniel Pipes
February 13, 2007

Norman Finkelstein, Benny Morris and Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid
February 7, 2007

Is Norman Finkelstein in Tehran?
By Alan M. Dershowitz
December 13, 2006

Professor May Testify for Defense in Salah Trial
By Chris Hack
December 13, 2006

Finkelstein Hits New Low
By Alan M. Dershowitz
December 12, 2006

Norman Finkelstein's Obscenities
By Alan Dershowitz
August 22, 2006

'Contradictions, Lies, and Exaggerations' in Number Killed in 'Jewish Holocaust'
June 30, 2006

Finkelstein Rethinks Israel-Palestine
By Lisa Hirschmann
March 10, 2006

Finkelstein Reflects Poorly on GU Campus
By Robert Lieber
December 2, 2005

DePaul U Confronts Amerikan "Empire"
By Steven Plaut
January 3, 2006

Political Agenda Out of Place
By Ariel I. Ahram
November 18, 2005

Finkelstein Condemns Israeli Policies
By Sarah Mellott
November 18, 2005

Norman Finkelstein's World
By Isi Leibler
November 1, 2005

Finkelstein’s Fan in Israel
By P. David Hornik
November 1, 2005

Silencing Finkelstein Is the Easy Way Out
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October 25, 2005

Finkelstein and the YCIAS: Misusing Yale, Abusing Students
By Rachel Bayefsky-Anand, Ari Evans and Rena Traube
October 24, 2005

Norman Finkelstein's Fraudulent Scholarship
By Deborah Passner
October 10, 2005

What Lies Beyond Chutzpah?
By Jacob Laksin
October 4, 2005

Why is the University of California Press Publishing Bigotry?
By Alan M. Dershowitz
July 5, 2005

DeNial at DePaul: The Thomas Klocek Affair
By Steven Plaut
April 18, 2005


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  • Professor of Political Science at DePaul University
  • Asserts that the Holocaust has been exaggerated and exploited by Jews to justify Israeli human rights violations and crimes against humanity
  • Supported Hezbollah’s “armed resistance against the Israeli Army in Lebanon”

Born in December 1953 to parents who had survived the Nazi Holocaust in Europe, Norman Finkelstein is a political scientist specializing in the Arab-Israeli conflict. After graduating from Binghamton University in New York, he went on to earn a doctorate in political science at Princeton. He has been a faculty member at Brooklyn College, Rutgers University, Hunter College, New York University, and most recently, DePaul University, where he was an Assistant Professor from 2001 to 2007. When he was recruited by DePaul, he had recently been fired from two New York-area adjunct teaching jobs (NYU and Hunter College) because of his pseudo-scholarship and rantings against Jews and Israel. In June 2007, Finkelstein was denied tenure at DePaul and was placed on administrative leave for the 2007-2008 academic year.

Professor Finkelstein is a disciple of the discredited historian and Holocaust denier David Irving, whom he considers an authoritative scholar. Finkelstein refers to the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis as the “Six Million” in quotation marks, and says that nearly every self-identified Holocaust survivor is a fake, a thief, and a liar. In an interview with the German paper, Die Welt, he said: “Not only does the 'Six Million' figure become more untenable but the numbers of the Holocaust industry are rapidly approaching those of Holocaust deniers. . . . Indeed, the field of Holocaust studies is replete with nonsense if not sheer fraud.”

In his 2003 book The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering, Professor Finkelstein wrote, “‘If everyone who claims to be a survivor actually is one,’ my mother used to exclaim, ‘who did Hitler kill?’”  “My parents often wondered why I would grow so indignant at the falsification and exploitation of the Nazi genocide,” Finkelstein added. “The most obvious answer is that it has been used to justify criminal policies of the Israeli state and U.S. support for these policies.” Elsewhere in the book, Finklestein wrote:

“The Zionists indeed learnt well from the Nazis. So well that it seems that their morally repugnant treatment of the Palestinians, and their attempts to destroy Palestinian society within Israel and the occupied territories, reveals them as basically Nazis with beards and black hats.”

In a December 2001 interview with CounterPunch Magazine, Finkelstein said:

“[Jewish organizations that seek compensation for Holocaust survivors] bring to mind an insight of my late mother, that it is no accident that Jews invented the word ‘chutzpah.’ They steal, and I do use the word with intent, 95% of the monies earmarked for victims of Nazi persecution, and then throw you a few crumbs while telling you to be grateful. . . . They have disgraced the memory of the Jewish people’s suffering on the one hand by turning it into an extortion racket.”

He also stated:

“If you understand terrorism to mean the targeting of civilian populations in order to achieve political goals, then plainly the U.S. qualifies as the main terrorist government in the world today …”

When asked whether he thought that “the West was in some way responsible for the tragedy of September 11,” Finkelstein replied:

"Regrettably, it’s payback time for the Americans and they have a problem because all the other enemies since the end of World War Two that they pretended to contend with . . . were basically fabricated enemies. . . . Frankly, part of me says ... ‘you know what, we deserve the problem on our hands because some things bin Laden says are true.’ One of the things he said on that last tape was that ‘until we [Muslims and Arabs] live in security, you’re not going to live in security,’ and there is a certain amount of rightness in that. Why should Americans go on with their lives as normal, worrying about calories and hair loss, while other people are worrying about where they are going to get their next piece of bread? Why should we go on merrily with our lives while so much of the world is suffering, and suffering incidentally not with us merely as bystanders, but with us as the indirect and direct perpetrators."

From time to time, Finkelstein speaks at events sponsored by chapters of the Muslim Student Union and the Muslim Students Association, where he brings to bear his anti-Israel animus.

In October 2005, Finkelstein was a special guest speaker at Yale University, where he delivered a speech titled "Israel and Palestine: Misusing Anti-Semitism, Abusing History.” In that address, according to a report in the Yale Daily News, Finkelstein derided Jewish Americans for their "level of mental hysteria" about Holocaust denial. He asserted that the phenomenon of the so-called “new anti-Semitism" had been fabricated out of whole cloth by Jewish organizations. He referred repeatedly to the "Jewish lobby" that was allegedly manipulating U.S. foreign policy. He depicted the Arab-Israeli conflict as a "simple one" that was rooted in what he called Israel’s long history of  ethnic cleansing and egregious human rights violations. He did not once use the words "terrorists" or "militants" in describing the Palestinian side.

At the invitation of the Muslim Students Association of Columbia University, Finkelstein delivered a March 2006 speech titled "Israel and Palestine: Misuse of Anti-Semitism, Abuse of History." Co-sponsors of Finkelstein's appearance included the United Students of Color Council, the Arab Students Association, the Organization of Pakistani Students, and the International Socialist Organization.

According to a report in the Columbia Spectator, Finkelstein (at the foregoing event) characterized the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a "contrived and fabricated controversy"; he declared that "regardless of intent, Israel is in effect guilty of state terrorism"; and he alleged that the "only difference between Israel terrorism and Hamas terrorism is that Israeli terrorism is three times as lethal."

Finkelstein also criticized Columbia University President Lee Bollinger's refusal to support an anti-Israel divestment campaign or to depict Israel's treatment of Palestinians as "apartheid." Accusing Bollinger of "intellectual terrorism," Finkelstein declared: "I think it's a sorry truth when the president of ... [Columbia] subordinates the pursuit of truth to the pursuit of fundraising."

In May 2007, UC Irvine's Muslim Student Union (MSU) sponsored a talk by Finkelstein in which he stated, "Most peace initiatives came from the Arab world.... Arabs showed a remarkable tendency for compliance with negotiations. It was Israel that violated formal and informal agreements." Finkelstein also said the following about the terrorist group Hezbollah: "I have no interest whatsoever in Hezbollah as a political organization. I have only one interest: ... Do the Lebanese people or does Hezbollah have the right to resist foreign occupiers? ... Every victory of Hezbollah, I celebrate." In response to this, the audience cheered loudly and shouted "Allahu Akbar" ["God is great"].

In a January 2008 interview on a Lebanese television station, Finkelstein (who very recently had met with Hezbollah leaders) said this about Hezbollah:

"I was of course happy to meet with the Hezbollah people ... And I have no problem saying that I do want to express solidarity with them ... People have the right to defend their country from foreign occupiers, and people have the right to defend their country from invaders who are destroying their country.... There is no way that the United States and Israel are going to tolerate any resistance in the Arab world.... Israel is determined, with the United States, to put the Arabs in their place and to keep them in their place.... Israel and the United States are attacking, because they will not allow any military resistance to their control of the region.... If Hezbollah laid down its arms and said, 'We will do whatever the Americans say,' you wouldn't have a war -- that's true. But you'd also be the slaves of the Americans. I have to respect those who refuse to be slaves.... There will [someday] be a leader who comes into power in Israel, who is willing to make the concessions, after the conditions have been created -- namely, Israel has to suffer a defeat."

In 2009 Finkelstein blamed the Arab-Israeli conflict on Israel's desire to "terrorize the region into submission," even as "Hamas was signaling ... they had joined the international consensus" in seeking "a diplomatic settlement of the conflict along the June 1967 border." Historically, he said, "the Palestinians were willing to make concessions. They made all the concessions. Israel didn’t make any concessions."

Finkelstein has expressed great admiration for Ralph Nader and his "hard-hitting critique of U.S. capitalism."



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