Dershowitz Redux

On Wednesday, April 12th, 2006 in Beyond Chutzpah, News.

Editor’s note: Finkelstein comments after Dershowitz’s article. Here’s the Irish Times article Dershowitz mentions. By Alan Dershowitz Fifteen years ago I said in an interview that the typical American Jewish leader “is moderate in his politics, successful in his business or profession, exercises considerable restraint in criticizing the powers that be, [and] is slow in seeing anti-semitism.” In fact, while we are regularly among the first to identify and combat any sort of injustice or bigotry against other groups, many

Harvard Crimson on Dershowitz, Walt, Mearsheimer & Finkelstein

On Friday, April 7th, 2006 in Beyond Chutzpah, News.

By PARAS D. BHAYANI Crimson Staff Writer The debate over a Kennedy School administrator’s paper criticizing pro-Israel activists in the U.S. is heating up, with both sides accusing each other of manipulating and misusing sources. The debate has academics and activists questioning the integrity of two prominent Harvard professors’ scholarship. The Kennedy School of Government (KSG) website is the field of battle, with Frankfurter Professor of Law Alan M. Dershowitz posting a 46-page rebuttal Wednesday charging that his opponents have

Charley Reese on Finkelstein, Walt & Mearsheimer.

On Tuesday, April 4th, 2006 in Beyond Chutzpah.

by Charley Reese April 1, 2006, The first weapon of choice for the Israeli lobby when someone with prestige publishes a soundly researched paper or book critical of Israel or its powerful lobby is silence. If it’s a book, it rarely gets reviewed; its author doesn’t get interviewed. If it’s a paper, there are no news stories in the big corporate press, no interviews with the authors, no television appearances. For the average American who depends on the press to

Die Zeit reviews Beyond Chutzpah

On Saturday, April 1st, 2006 in Beyond Chutzpah, News.

Editor’s note: German original below the English translation. German edition of Beyond Chutzpah. Hans-Martin Lohmann, “Wenn Antisemitismus politisch instrumentalisiert wird,” Die Zeit, 30 March 2006. When Anti-Semitism Is Used For Political Gain Don’t worry. Unlike Norman Finkelstein’s polemic against “the Holocaust industry,” published a few years ago, this book will not elicit a storm of protest. The facts regarding the Israel-Palestine conflict and its historical background are so well known by now that surely no one can reasonably contest

Dershowitz promotes free speech at Columbia

On Wednesday, March 29th, 2006 in Beyond Chutzpah, News.

Editor’s note: Reader letters below article. By Wendy Francois March 28, 2006 No matter where you fall in the political realm, the recent talks that took place on campus provide useful insight into the current state of affairs at Columbia. There is a clear and frightening absence and rejection of healthy dialogue even in classrooms. I am not someone who holds a stake in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I attended the controversial Finkelstein event to hear a different perspective and the


On Tuesday, March 28th, 2006 in Beyond Chutzpah, News.

Editor’s note: Update: The Wikipedia entry was corrected, then returned to the pro-Dershie version, then back again several times since 03.29.2006. This will likely go on for a little while until the sysop in charge of the page gets tired of it. Here’s the Wikipedia entry in question: From 03.28.2006: Professor Finkelstein, You might be interested to know that one section of the article about yourself on, the world’s largest Encyclopedia, is completely slanted against you. The section

Israeli civil libertarian's introduction to German edition of Beyond Chutzpah

On Sunday, March 26th, 2006 in Beyond Chutzpah, News.

Preface to the German edition of Beyond Chutzpah by Felicia Langer It was high time a book on the misuse of anti-Semitism as a political weapon got written. Now it has found its author: Norman Finkelstein. He is no stranger to daring challenges, and as this book clearly shows, Finkelstein has got what it takes. The precision and meticulousness of his research and analyses are admirable. In the first part of the book, Finkelstein focuses on the misuse of anti-Semitism

German edition of Beyond Chutzpah

On Friday, March 17th, 2006 in Beyond Chutzpah, News.

German edition of Beyond Chutzpah published 22 March. Antisemitismus als politische Waffe: Anhang (German translation of the Appendices; PDF) Reviews: Contrived Controversies: Norman G. Finkelstein fights ‘anti-Semitism as a political weapon’ with real commitment, but his argumentation is a tad too simple (Oliver Tolmein, Die Tageszeitung,, 01.07.2006) Crown Witness with Chutzpah: Norman G. Finkelstein Has Embarked on a New Anti-Israel Crusade (Ludger Heid, Süddeutsche Zeitung, 06.06.2006) The Specter of Anti-Semitism (Rolf Helfert, Frankfurter Rundschau, Vorwärts, 12.05.2006) A forum for the

Local press & organizer on March 15, 2006 Santa Cruz talk

On Thursday, March 9th, 2006 in Beyond Chutzpah, News.

Editor’s note: 05.09.2006, latest article on Santa Cruz talk here. Santa Cruz Sentinel articles below (03.22.2006), organizer’s post mortem, reader letters (03.27.2006) & photo (03.24.2006). See Real Axis of Evil at it again on ACLU observers for 03.15.2006 talk. Norman: I thought you might like to see the cartoon in our “alternative” weekly newspaper, Metro Santa Cruz. DiCinzo regularly bashes our Center and me, so don’t take it too personally! Take care, Scott Kennedy As we see it: Protest backlash

NY Newsday/AP articlepre-Columbia talk

On Wednesday, March 8th, 2006 in Beyond Chutzpah, News.

Editor’s note: complete coverage of Columbia talk here (video of event & articles) By KAREN MATTHEWS Associated Press Writer March 7, 2006, 3:21 PM EST NEW YORK — Columbia University students including the College Conservatives and campus Democrats plan to protest a speech Wednesday by a professor who has written that Jewish organizations exploit the Holocaust to deflect criticism of Israel and to extort European banks and governments for compensation. Norman Finkelstein, an assistant professor of political science at DePaul