Reading Finkelstein in Palestine

Anees of Jerusalem writes to me:

Another North American college professor, Margo Ramlal-Nankoe of Ithaca College, alleges pro-Zionist prejudice was the reason behind her career block. Norman Finkelstein is quoted saying that it's a case of "tenure tragedy": "It simply cannot be disputed that she is the victim of a political witch-hunt."

Two such stories in the same month! (Last being the U of Ottawa
one.) Those peeps should start a club! Ok, bad joke; they need moral
and financial support, especially if they truly were discriminated
against.

I liked the joke. I asked Anees whether Palestinians derive any measure of solidarity from the experience of American intellectuals who have sacrificed career or advancement because of the Palestinian issue. He responded:

I live more in the Internet Cloud than I do in Palestine, so I am kind
of not so representative of 'what people here think or know'. My
news-crawling habits and tastes are Western influenced because I lived
in the US close to 9 years.

So to answer the question, stories of this scale and nature don't
make it to the newspapers and tv reports here. At best al-Jazeera
(English or Arabic), which I follow, might have someone like
Finkelstein on one of its talk shows and he might bring to light cases
like these.

So speaking for me, from my MondoAnees perspective, I sympathize
with and admire people like Finkelstein immensely, though in his
particular case I disagree with his occasional backlash-induced vitriol
like calling Israel a Nazi state—it's unhelpful and wrong. That reminds me of Salman Rushdie,
who went rightwardly ballistic against Islam because of the fatwa, and
become a darling of the right. I do wish Finkelstein would find it in
his heart to tone down some of the polemic and not succumb to anger, to
put it simply.

So, yeah… the non-Arab people who get fired because they speak
out on I/P: I myself feel bad for them as a Palestinian. They're real
people with nothing to gain, who have lives to live and maybe children
to worry about, and they get thrown in the dumpster for having
integrity. It's especially infuriating when it's happening in the Land
of the Free (and the country north of it), where the discourse on I/P
can be so Orwellian. Palestinians owe them thanks, but most don't know
it.

Posted in Israel Lobby, Israel/Palestine, US Policy in the Middle East

{ 5 comments... read them below or add one }

  1. Colin Murray says:

    off-topic link:

    The Shamelessness of Jane Harman, She should have the decency to step down

    excerpt:

    The outlook of this shocking case doesn’t look too good at the moment, but that could change — if enough Americans are informed and angry enough to protest. The decision to drop the case, as of this writing, has yet to be made: it’s only that they’re considering dropping it. There’s just one way to lodge your protest, at this point, and that is to contact the US Attorney’s office in the Eastern District of Virginia, where the case is being tried.

    Remember, there are no doubt people in that office fighting to keep this case alive — so be polite. Briefly express your disappointment upon reading news reports that the case might be dropped, and your hope that this is not the case.

    Call 703-299-3700 — and remember, be nice!

    Or, better yet, write a letter, send a telegram, or whatever, and address it to:

    US Attorney

    Justin W. Williams United States Attorney’s Building
    2100 Jamieson Ave
    Alexandria, VA 22314

    *********************************

    Get off your duffs folks! Make that call, and be respectful! Followup with a priority mail letter.

  2. D. says:

    I made my call. Thanks for the heads up.

    I Had to leave a message with an attorney who was away from his desk, but talking to the switchborad I got the impression that I was far from the only one expressing an opinion.

  3. Richard Witty says:

    Support Jane Harman from the orchestration of slurs and illegal leaking.

  4. wittys anonymous critic says:

    Oh definitely. I'm sure she's no more sleazy and corrupt and hypocritical than numerous other sleazy and corrupt and hypocritical politicians. She was stupid enough to be caught by the sort of wiretapping that she favored and I like that in a politician–if they are going to be dishonest, I want them to be stupid about it.

    So yeah, keep her in office. Anyone who replaces her might be both corrupt and smart.

  5. witty's a traitor says:

    Leave it to Witty to support this rabid pro-Israel hack.