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American Jewish relationship with Israel is debated at New School

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Yesterday before more than 400 people jammed into a hall at the New School in New York, Adam Shatz, Norman Finkelstein, and Anna Baltzer had a fascinating discussion of the American Jewish relationship with Israel. “Romance,” as Shatz put it. Above is part 1, featuring Shatz’s opening and Norman Finkelstein’s presentation. I will get Baltzer’s speech up later today. I was not able to record the often energetic back and forth between Finkelstein and Baltzer over boycott of Israel (she is for it; he says it goes against international law) but I believe the New School recorded the event, and I will post it when I get it. And I will give my report on the event within a day or two.

Update: Here is Anna Baltzer’s speech. I lost the first minute or so due to equipment malfunction…. Oh and I forgot to say, Noam Chomsky had to scratch the event because of laryngitis. He was missed

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“If they finally do the right thing, this long dark night may soon come to an end” Well, yeah. This could be applied to any problem anywhere in the world where someone is taking advantage of another. What kills me about Finkelstein is that he lives in America and knows… Read more »

Dan Crowther: “What kills me about Finkelstein is that he lives in America and knows how things work here…” What kills me about Finkelstein is that I think he’s subordinating considerations of general and abstract justice to his own personal agenda. As soon as he can no longer be the… Read more »

Like many, I long admired Finkelstein for his leonine courage and steadfastness. I think the sad decline in his analysis and views is due to the influence of Chomsky, whom he has cited as a major influence and close friend. The failings of NF are also Chomsky’s failings, and more,… Read more »

I was intrigued by the following comment “I was not able to record the often energetic back and forth between Finkelstein and Baltzer over boycott of Israel (she is for it; he says it goes against international law)…” Phil, can you please provide the exact quote where Norman says that… Read more »