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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Truth raiders

Norman Finkelstein is "shaped by his antagonism toward the Jewish establishment and his avowed anti-Zionism."

So says Camera (the Orwellian named "Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America). Truth and justice is on its side:

"It's hardly surprising that Finkelstein's fabrications and attack strategy intimidate. All the more reason that the facts about his reckless charges be widely disseminated. Finally, the grossly flawed writings of the DePaul 'professor' point to yet another example of the failure of the academic world to uphold genuine standards of scholarship–such as accuracy, truthfulness and rigorous sourcing."

A major adversary, Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, is humbled:

"'I could own him and I could own the University of California Press."

Finkelstein's new book, Beyond Chutzpah, is an essential read, by the way.

6 Comments:

Blogger Jon said...

CAMERA and other "media monitors" based in the US are silly, intellectually dishonest organisations which consider any media left of the right wing Jerusalem Post to be biased against Israel.

I have read "Beyond Chutzpah" and found it an interesting read. He demolishes the main thrust of Dershowitz's book and seems to have fun ridiculing Dershowitz's arguments in the process. I did not agree with all aspects of the back. His chapter on the 'New Anti-Semitism' whilst certainly making some valid points was a bit over the top. I also disagreed with parts of his introduction. His attack on the Israeli Supreme Court, largely based on an excellent book by an Israeli Professor 'occupation of justice' which I have read I also found over the top.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005 1:59:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

I most certainly don't agree with all of Finkelstein's arguments, but the main thrust and rebuttal of his book - calls that 2005 is 1933 Germany - is strong.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005 2:01:00 pm  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

Finkelstein's arguments do not hold water, so while on the surface he appears to have bested Alan, below, he is just another sad sack.

Finkelstein has never gotten over the fact that his last book proved he was just anther antisemite wasting his time. It made him a poster child of all sorts of nazi-like entities.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005 10:40:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

I disagree with some of your suggestions ibrahamav. Filkenstein's book has been received with parise for the depth of his rearch. His book has in fact forced Alan Dershowitz to make some important qualifications and riased doubts as to his credibility.

He makes many arguments ibrahamav, so to make a blanket accusations that none fo them hold water is a huge extrapolation.

If his works are being used by nazi-like entities for their own misguided cause, then that's unfortunate. But his contention that Dershowitz has plagiarised passages in his book is a matter of intellectual honesty, and does not make him such an individual and certainly does not imply he is antisemitic.

Thursday, October 13, 2005 1:07:00 am  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

Fink has proven himself to be an antisemite, therefore, his criticism of the subject can rightfully be assumed to stem from his antisemitism. As for certain criticism being not antisemitic... well even a blind pig finds an acorn once in a while.

Funny how the publisher forced Fink to remove passages as there was absolutely no proof of his charges.

Let us change the critique of Fink as to say most of his arguments do not hold water.

Thursday, October 13, 2005 2:36:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

Rather than ask for a qualification of what makes Fink's stance antisemitic, I await your explanation of guidelines fo what constitutes antisemitism to better understand your argument.

Thursday, October 13, 2005 3:08:00 am  

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