Two weeks ago the scholar Norman Finkelstein held an expert’s forum on Reddit about the Israeli election and related matters. SputtleTuts asked him:
Do you have any opinion/observations on the recent sex-slave allegations against Alan Dershowitz?
It’s caused me to doubt my atheism.
The back story, for those who do not know it, is that the two commentators engaged in a bitter dispute ten years ago over Dershowitz’s sourcing for his book, The Case for Israel. Dershowitz sought to have the University of California Press censor Finkelstein’s book on the matter. Then in 2007 Dershowitz interceded at DePaul University, where Finkelstein was on tenure track, to argue that he should be denied tenure. Finkelstein lost his job at the school.
Finkelstein’s latest book is, Method and Madness: The Hidden Story of Israel’s Assaults on Gaza.