[THS] Norman Finkelstein: Zionism`s Version of History
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Fri Nov 6 19:17:22 CET 2009
Zionisms Version of History
By Norman Finkelstein
Video Posted November 05, 2009
My guest tonight is a Jewish American political scientist and author who Jewish
supporters of Israel right or wrong love to hate. He is Norman Finkelstein.
Norman Finkelstein grew up in New York City where, before he obtained academic
employment, he was a part-time social worker with teenage dropouts.
He completed his undergraduate studies at New Yorks Binghampton University in
1974. After studying in Paris, he went on to get his Masters degree in political
science, and later his PhD in political studies, from Princeton University. He has held
faculty positions at five American universities.
The reason why Finkelstein is vilified by Jewish supporters of Israel right or wrong
can be simply stated. In his writing and public speaking, as in his doctoral thesis, he
is committed to exposing books which present Zionisms version of history. They are,
he writes and says, part of a monumental hoax, fraud and nonsense.
His friend Noam Chomsky once warned him in a letter that he would get into trouble
because, Chomsky wrote, youre going to expose the American intellectual
community as a gang of frauds, and they are not going to like it, and theyre going to
A dramatic moment in Zionisms on-going attempt to destroy Finkelstein, and also its
highly successful strategy for restricting academic freedom in general, came in June
of last year (twenty o seven) when, giving in to Zionist pressure, Chicagos DePaul
University denied him tenure. Prior to that decision, Finkelstein had been an assistant
professor at DePaul for six years, and described in an official university statement as
a prolific scholar and outstanding teacher.
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Alan Hart is a former ITN and BBC Panorama foreign correspondent who covered
wars and conflicts wherever they were taking place in the world and specialized in
the Middle East. Author of Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews: The False Messiah
(Zionism, the Real Enemy of the Jews). He blogs on www.alanhart.net
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