Author Archives: Norman G. Finkelstein

About Norman G. Finkelstein

Norman G. Finkelstein received his doctorate in 1988 from the Department of Politics at Princeton University. He taught political theory and the Israel-Palestine conflict for many years and currently writes and lectures. Finkelstein is the author of eight books that have been translated into 50 foreign editions, and is currently completing a book with Palestinian political analyst Mouin Rabbani entitled "How to Resolve the Israel-Palestine Conflict."

What Comes Next: If the goal is to change U.S. policy, American Jewish opinion can’t be ignored

Norman Finkelstein says it is hard to conceive how the struggle to change U.S. foreign policy can be won in the face of determined Jewish opposition, and thus American Jewish opinion on a just resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must be taken into account. This post is part of “What Comes Next?: A forum on the end of the two-state paradigm.”

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Finkelstein on ‘cults and flunkies’

Recently we ran a piece by Gabriel Ash, first published on “Jews sans frontieres,” that was critical of Norman Finkelstein for his repeated assertion that those pushing Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) of Israel are a cult. Finkelstein has responded at his site with a post titled “Of cults and flunkies.” He encouraged us to post it.

Posted in Activism, BDS, Israel/Palestine, Occupation | 105 Comments

How Benny Morris transformed a patriotic struggle into a ‘holy war’ for ‘sacred Islamic soil’

An excerpt of Norman Finkelstein’s new book, Knowing Too Much: Why the American Jewish Romance with Israel Is Coming to an End

Posted in Israel/Palestine, US Policy in the Middle East, War on Terror | 45 Comments

Richard Goldstone and ‘the rendezvous of victory’

OR Books is publishing a revised and updated edition of Norman Finkelstein’s book on Israel’s invasion of Gaza, ‘This time we went too far.’ Below is an excerpt that ended the first edition, and still seems relevant in light of … Continue reading

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‘NYT’/Bronner push the legality of settlements

In today’s New York Times, Ethan Bronner writes that the United States AND JAPAN consider the settlements legal. The United States and Japan take no stand on the settlements’ legality, according to spokesmen of their embassies in Israel, although they … Continue reading

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They asked for it

The Israeli Intelligence and Information Center has done a report on the flotilla raid raid saying that 7 out of 9 victims wanted to be martyrs. Big news in Israel. About the Israeli Intelligence and Terrorism Center: In March 2010 … Continue reading

Posted in Gaza, Israel/Palestine | 59 Comments

Israeli whitewasher on flotilla inquiry once called for ‘suffering of 100s of 1000s of people’

The head of the investigation that said Israel made some mistakes but basically did the right thing in raiding the Mavi Marmara on May 31 is General Giora Eiland. A note from Norman Finkelstein: It’s useful to remember who Giora … Continue reading

Posted in Gaza, Israel/Palestine | 54 Comments

Questions Ethan Bronner could have asked

The New York Times lately published a story on the flotilla raid, by Ethan Bronner and Sabrina Tavernise. Finkelstein’s interpolations are in shaded segments: In Israel, ideas on how to halt the boats — sabotage of propellers or engines, the … Continue reading

Posted in Beyondoweiss, Gaza, Israel/Palestine | 31 Comments

‘Amnesty International’ contradicts Benny Morris

During my debate with Benny Morris, he stated: We know that during the campaign in Gaza…, the bulk of the Hamas leadership hid in the basement of one of the hospitals in Gaza, and did so knowing that Israel would … Continue reading

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Finkelstein on Morris, on the root cause of the conflict

On Russian tv the other day, debaters Benny Morris and Norman Finkelstein were asked what the root of the conflict is in Israel/Palestine, and Morris said it was Arab resistance to Zionism. "The Arabs didn’t want the Jews to be … Continue reading

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The Wiesel industry

Today’s Washington Post reports that a Jewish theater company in Washington allowed Elie Wiesel to put the kibosh on a play that treated his role in the Bernie Madoff scandal. Norman Finkelstein responds: What the Washington Post left out: Wiesel … Continue reading

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Explaining a Gaza atrocity

Norman Finkelstein has reportedly been disinvited from a speaking gig at DePaul, but he speaks at Harvard Law School tonight about the Goldstone Report. A teaser he sent this site : I was rereading the Israeli Intelligence and Terrorism Information … Continue reading

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Finkelstein in Gaza

This month OR Books publishes Norman Finkelstein’s important new book about the Gaza conflict, ‘This Time We Went Too Far.’ What follows is an excerpt from the book, Chapter 5, "Inside Gaza." (all rights reserved to Finkelstein and OR Books.) … Continue reading

Posted in Gaza, Israel/Palestine | 147 Comments