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06 September 2007

Joint statement of Norman Finkelstein and DePaul University on their tenure controversy and its resolution

Click the title of this post to read; watch below, along with some video of the protest and another angle on the events of yesterday:




And here's Finkelstein's encomium to the late Raul Hilberg, author of The Destruction of the European Jews. Hilberg was a dogged supporter of Finkelstein's; a conservative, traditional historian with the intellectual honesty to call it as he saw it. Not the only one, by the way -- Sara Roy, Noam Chomsky, Avi Shlaim, Edward Said, Christopher Hitchens (pre-Kool Aid), Ian Kershaw, and on and on and on... Check the blurbs on all his books.

That, plus his outstanding teaching -- nah, not for DePaul. Clearly didn't deserve tenure. As Chomsky has said, this was a complete travesty, but it was loud and public. Along with the Carter book, Walt & Mearsheimer, Tony Judt, and a variety of other critical voices (who don't necessarily agree with each other, of course), the propaganda edifice is cracking.

A side effect of this crumbling ideology that, appallingly, considers itself to be "pro-Israel," is the exquisite pleasure of watching propagandists writhe in utter hysteria.

"The party's over..."

2 comments:

  1. What do you think of Obadiah Shoher's extensive reply to Ed Said at http://samsonblinded.org/titles/edward_said_end_peace_process.htm ?

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  2. I think the following quote pretty much shows what this yahoo is all about: "Palestinian apologists say that all people are equal and deserve equal treatment. That is wrong on both points. Egalitarianism is a totalitarian policy, and to demand political equality is as wrong as to demand economic equality. Equal opportunities produce unequal outcomes. Jews and Palestinians had equal opportunities in 1948. The Jews used theirs better and have prevailed against Palestinians."

    That's Nazi thinking, pal, aside from being a complete misrepresentation of history. I don't think I need to delve further into that "Machiavellian" analysis. Enjoy the free ad on my blog, though.

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