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Posted on 05/24/2008 7:10:32 PM PDT by F15Eagle
American political scientist and fierce critic of Israel, Prof. Norman Finkelstein, was denied entry to Israel and deported from the country early Saturday morning. Officials said that the decision to deport Finkelstein was connected to his anti-Zionist opinions and fierce public criticism of Israel around the world.
Finkelstein landed at Ben-Gurion International Airport at 2 a.m. Friday morning and was immediately taken for questioning by the Immigration Authority and the Interior Ministry. He arrived in Israel from Europe, where he was on a speaking tour. According to his Web site, his last talk was at the University of Amsterdam.
His lawyer, Michael Sfarad, said he was interrogated for several hours and told that he would not be allowed into the country on security grounds. He was held overnight and forced to board a flight to Europe early Saturday morning.
Sfarad said that Finkelstein arrived in Israel on a private trip to visit a friend. He said it was possible that the American professor, who last visited Israel two years ago, would appeal the decision.
A son of Holocaust survivors and a harsh critic of Israel, Finkelstein was denied tenure last year at DePaul University in Chicago.
Finkelstein reportedly said that Israel uses the Holocaust as an excuse for the fight against anti-Semitism and has managed to trick Germany into paying exorbitant sums of money in compensation. He also called Holocaust survivor and scholar Eli Wiesel a "clown prince."
Prof. Alan Dershowitz of Harvard was active in campaigning against Finkelstein. His most recent book, Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History, is largely an attack on Dershowitz's The Case for Israel. In his book, Finkelstein argues that Israel uses the outcry over perceived anti-Semitism as a weapon to stifle criticism.
AP contributed to this report
Remember Cynthia McKinley? All black staff, calling everyone racist?
I wonder what BHO's staff looks like, and how many token 'whites' are on it.
Just a thought...
He's the equal-opportunity anti-messiah
Brezhinski and Samantha Power are white (she'll be back).
At least when it comes to bashing Israel, b. Hussein Obama doesn't discriminate on the basis of color.
I'm sure he'll turn up back here playing the martyr before all his lefty/America/Israel hating pals.
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A student told his professor he was going to "Palestine" to "fight for freedom, peace and justice,"Orwellian leftist code words that mean "murder Jews."
Using that criteria, Obama will also be denied entry.
Obama is strange, deracinated man, claiming roots were he has none, abandoning the roots he has. In many ways he exhibits an admirable character, but he is naive, opportune and faithless in his allegiances. It would require a genius of the stature of Shakespeare to do his character justice. None of this makes him a suitable candidate for president.
Count on it
I give him end of tommorow really badmouth Israel for not allow him in the country
HEY I think to safe to say Israel had standards
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Excellent observation! I commend you!
Deport him? Does that mean he’s coming back here? Please, please, Israel, send the moron to the Palestinians or Iran. We don’t want him!
When I saw the headline, “US Professor Denied Entry into Israel,” my first guess was Noam Chomsky. But Finkelstein would possibly have been second on my list.
Great post. Also great tagline. That was pretty much what she told him with the Robert Kennedy line
This guy is the prototypical self-hating Jew. Good for Israel on this. If he hates them so bad, why the hell should he be able to enter their country?
It's an old amalgam technique. If you look back in history, you'll see that the Catholic Church was constantly stifling criticism by calling anti-Christian all attempts to comment on the Church's abuses.
I am really afraid for Israel's survival. I think that they have a tendency to ignore even friendly criticism by labeling it antisemitism. It doesn't help their chances.
“I don’t think the guy is self-hating at all.”
I do. He’s rejected his Judaism, and he’s hot to appear at every anti-Israel rally that he can. He was a popular guest at some “Nacqba” rallies.
Fecalstein is just upset that Wiesel survived. He is jealous that Wiesel maintained his humanity and dignity in an impossible situation. Some people throw away their humanity and dignity until nothing is left. Such miserable people spew hatred against those better than themselves. Maybe he can write a book with David Irving and they can go on tour together in Iran?
He hates Judaism and Jewishness. Finklestien rejects all calis of antisemtisim and uses them as a way to claim that antisemites and antizionists are the real victims. He is a leftist who openly associates with neo-nazis.
He’d be a great candidate for Mr. Caterpillar”Bulldozer”!
the decision to deport Finkelstein was connected to his anti-Zionist opinions and fierce public criticism of Israel around the world.
and finklestein was on b. HUSSEIN’S short list as mideast advisor!!!!
The US communists I encounter are so Palestinian obsessed that they ignore Obama’s actual promises. This proves that they really don't care about Iraq, Health care, Housing reforms and so forth.
Finkelstein sat for an interview with a racist blog called Liberal White Boy it is at homo-sapien-underground.blogspot.com/ in the last few days.
This blog should be in a anti-semitic Hall of Fame.
I don't really believe that but the most intelligent woman in America made an easy target of herself with that incredibly maladroit observation. You notice we don't hear that "most intelligent woman in America" riff any more. The string musta broke. Thank God, even the LSM has better sense than to regale us with a few bars of "the most intelligent [semi] negro in America." We have Joe Biden for that.
He dislikes his own mother because of the color of her skin, and resents her because she gave him some of her color.
Perhaps this drove him to attend a racist church - to punish himself, allow him to hate 'whitey,' and appear hip to the blacks he wants to be.
The vast majority of Israeli Arabs share his opinions. When are they going to be deported?
No, he’s not self-hating. He’s a Jew hater.
I would appear this incident confirms Mr. Finkelstein's assertion.
So, here are a few selections and reviews of the fellow you defend:
"In his controversial book The Holocaust Industry, Finkelstein argues that Jewish elites have created an industry to perpetuate the memory of the Holocaust as a ploy to extort money and to gain influence, as well a tactic to crush any dissent, any criticism, of the State of Israel. The New York Times review of the book described its premise as a novel variation of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the fraudulent essay concocted in the late nineteenth century by the Czarist secret police which purports to uncover a Jewish conspiracy to take over the world. Accordingly, the Times reviewer described Finkelstein as juvenile, arrogant, and stupid (Aug. 6, 2000)."
Finkelstein tries to convince readers that the Holocaust Industry exists as an ideological weapon to gain unqualified support for Israel against the Palestinians.
Finkelstein routinely compares Israelis with Nazis and told the Jeruslem Post that he cant imagine why Israels apologists would be offended by the comparison (Aug 28, 2000).
While Finkelstein expresses nothing but contempt for Israel, he lavishes praise on the terrorist group Hezbollah. In a letter posted on his Web site he states, I did make a point of publicly honoring the heroic resistance of Hezbollah to foreign occupation ...Their historic contributions are...undeniable. He appeared on the official Hezbollah television network al-Manar, because, he said, If Im willing to appear on CNN the main propaganda organ for Americas terrorist warswhy shouldnt I appear on al-Manar?
Anti-Zionists and anti-Semites often reference Finkelstein's books despite the fact that they are marred by factual inaccuracies, omissions and selective mention of fact. Much of his work is seemingly shaped by his antagonism toward the Jewish establishment and his avowed anti-Zionism. Thus, he routinely accuses pro-Israel writers of being "frauds" and "plagiarists," and labels their work "hoaxes."
Read up on this pig. You just might change your opinion.
I never said I approved of this guy - just pointed out that Isreal was proving his point in this situation. Such moral posturing, preening, and assuming the right to “hate the hater” is pretty much the same thing he does. Two sides of the same coin. It makes the middle east situation easier to understand, though.
You are falling for his con.
As I said earlier,
Finklestien rejects all calis of antisemtisim and uses them as a way to claim that antisemites and antizionists are the real victims. He is a leftist who openly associates with neo-nazis.
His own words reflect the level of hatred he holds for Israel and Jews in general.
We, in the US, turn away people who we consider to pose a threat to our national security and Israel, of course, has that very same right.
There is no "moral posturing, preening". Finkstein praises Hezbollah and pontificates on behalf of Hamas, both organizations committed to the destruction of the State of Israel.
There is no reason whatsoever that Israel should allow this animal into the country. And claiming Israel's decision to be "moral posturing" and "preening" is sophistry.
They denied this bozo entry and kicked him right out! Excellent!