Foxman is Finkelstein’s arch enemy
“After seeing “Defamation” we can only say the film fell far short of our expectation. Rather than document anti-Semites and their hatred of Jews and the Jewish State of Israel, the film belittles the issue and portrays the work of ADL and that of his own country as inconsequential. There was so much more Shamir could have and should have done. Defamation” is neither enlightening, nor edifying, nor compelling. It distorts the prevalence and impact of anti-Semitism and cheapens the Holocaust. It is Shamir’s perverse, personal, political perspective and a missed opportunity to document a serious and important issue.”
It’s no wonder that Finnish TV aired that documentary, though they have yet to aire “Jenin: Massacring Truth” by Martin Himmel, of an Israeli soldier who fought in Jenin and wanted to confront the journalists in the BBC and elswhere who branded him and others as “war criminals”. No, the Finnish state broadcastors have no time for any such hard hitting documentary as that.
But this kind of crap documentary is the stuff that actually feeds anti-Semitism, giving those who practice it on a daily basis, a large portion of the news media in its reporting on Israel (think of the Swedish Aftonbladet blood libel here), absolution for all of their wrong doings. But one of the main attractions in the film was the tin hat, pseudo academic, Norman Finkelstein, who states the following about American Jews and the ADL’s Abe Foxman:
“The best that could ever happen to Israel, if they get rid of these American Jews who are war mongers from Martha’s Vinyard, and they’re war mongers from the Hamptons, and they’re war mongers from Beverely Hills, and they’re war mongers from Miami. It’s been a disaster for Israel. It’s the best thing if they can ever get rid of American Jewery. It’s a curse.”
That’s right folks, Norman lets every jihadi in the world know that if they get rid of the Jews in America, then things will be that much better off for everyone else. For Norman, American Jews are a curse, and that’s something that both he and his jihadi buddies could agree upon. The Tundra Tabloids has a video in the works, and as soon as it’s up on YouTube, I’ll post it here. KGS
Norman Finkelstein’s luck was to be born (in 1953) to parents who had survived the Holocaust. With audacious perversity, Finkelstein has drawn upon this birthright in legitimating the anti-Semitism that he has perfected into something like a nightclub routine in his appearances on the college speaker circuit.
A political scientist who has made a point of specializing in the Arab-Israeli conflict, Finkelstein 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 lack of substantive scholarship and his obsessive rants against Jews and Israel. In June 2007, Finkelstein was denied tenure at DePaul.
A disciple of the historian and Holocaust denier David Irving, Finkelstein typically places in quotation marks his references to the “six million” Jews exterminated by the Nazis – to demonstrate his belief that the figure is a grossly exaggerated fabrication. In an interview with the German paper, Die Welt, Finkelstein 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, Finkelstein (drawing again on his family narrative) wrote, “‘If everyone who claims to be a survivor actually is one,’ my mother used to exclaim, ‘who did Hitler kill?'” He added: “My parents often wondered why I would grow so indignant at the falsification and exploitation of the Nazi genocide. 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 stated: “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 radical left CounterPunch Magazine, Finkelstein said of Jewish organizations that seek compensation for Holocaust survivors, “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.”
From time to time, Finkelstein speaks at events sponsored by chapters of the Muslim Student Union and the Muslim Students Association, where his anti-Israel animus has made him a superstar.
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 high “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 made numerous references to the “Jewish lobby” that was allegedly manipulating U.S. foreign policy. And he depicted the Arab-Israeli conflict as a “simple one” rooted in what he called Israel’s long history of ethnic cleansing and egregious human rights violations. Notably, he did not once use the words “terrorists” or “militants” in describing the Palestinian side.