QUOTE(Allen @ Dec 2 2006, 08:12 PM)
I usually don't respond when someone doesn't register. It is usually a hit and run comment and they are never heard from again. Having said that, I am interested in your comments about Finkelstein.
Like his close friend and mentor Noam Chomsky, Norman Finkelstein is not one to mince his words. In his eyes the mainstream Jewish organisations are 'hucksters', 'gangsters' and 'crooks'; Elie Wiesel (celebrity Holocaust survivor) is the 'resident clown' for the Holocaust 'circus'; reparations claims against Germany for Nazi era slave laborers are 'blackmail'; and he infamously dismissed Professor Goldhagen's critically acclaimed Holocaust bestseller 'Hitler's Willing Executioners' as the 'pornography of violence'. Small wonder then that he has few friends amongst the American Jewish establishment.
Shortly after the publication of Alan Dershowitz's 2003 book The Case for Israel, Norman Finkelstein accused Dershowitz, of "fraud, falsification, plagiarism and nonsense." Following Dershowitz's counter-complaints about Finkelstein's charges of plagiarism being unwarranted, Harvard University President Derek Bok investigated them at the request of the Law School's dean, Elena Kagan, resulting in Harvard's complete exoneration of Dershowitz.
I agree it is hard for a Jew to be anti-semitic but Finkelstein comes as close as your going to get. I suggest you read more from him and his buddy Chomsky. http://www.chomsky.info/debates/20020530.htm
While I can't say I know enough of Finkelstein's work to fully support him (and I don't think I would), I simply wanted to point out that it's becoming common to label critics of Israeli policy anti-Semitic to scare people from actual discussion and discredit those with actual concerns. I wasn't trying to argue that Jew can or cannot be anti-Semitic.
I plan (whenever I get free time) to read more of Finkelstein's work. I am well aware of Professor Chomsky's work and am actually in contact with him, arranging a speaking event.
Your post has been informative on Finkelstein's controversial points and I found this interesting piece on Finkelstein's website in regards to Wiesel:
In the meantime, dismissing criticism of Israeli atrocities as driven by anti-Semitism, Holocaust Industry CEO Elie Wiesel lent unconditional support to Israel - "Israel didn't do anything except it reacted.... Whatever Israel has done is the only thing that Israel could have done…. I don't think Israel is violating the human rights charter.… War has its own rules" - and went on to stress the "great pain and anguish" endured by Israeli soldiers as they did what "they have to do." Boasting that he "left them a football stadium," one of Wiesel's agonized Israeli soldiers operating a bulldozer in Jenin later recounted in an interview: "I wanted to destroy everything. I begged the officers…to let me knock it all down, from top to bottom. To level everything…. For three days, I just destroyed and destroyed…. I found joy with every house that came down, because I knew that they didn't mind dying, but they cared for their homes. If you knocked down a house, you buried 40 or 50 people for generations. If I am sorry for anything, it is for not tearing the whole camp down.…I had plenty of satisfaction. I really enjoyed it."