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24 May 2008

Israel Detains Norman Finkelstein; Bans Him for 10 Years from Entry

Finkelstein was detained by Shin Bet when trying to enter Israel in order to go to the OTs. Banished from Israel for 10 years. I guess some Jews are less equal than others. Another example of The Only Democracy in the Middle East in action:

Israel Arrests Outspoken Academic Norman Finkelstein
And the American academic Norman Finkelstein has been arrested and ordered deported from Israel. Finkelstein arrived in Tel Aviv earlier today on his way to the Occupied Territories. He was immediately detained and told he is banned from Israel for ten years. He's expected to be deported tomorrow. Finkelstein is known one of the most prominent academic critics of Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.
More here, here and here. Yeah, he's working for Al Qaida and Hezbollah. Morons. Major backhanded compliment; they're this afraid of his pen?

Alternative or supplementary explanations: Or maybe they're just that paranoid, or thought they could deter other academics/journalists by doing this. Whatever. Totalitarians just control for its own sake after a while, of course....

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