And we’re advertising it?
I knew I’d catch a lot of flack for putting up that banner. Failed academic Norman Finkelstein has a new book out called This Time We Went Too Far, which is, I assume, his tired, one-sided, distorted and dishonest assessment of the Palestine/Israel conflict applied to the recent war in Gaza. Here, watch the promotional video:
I don’t know if you caught it, but the most telling quotes are as follows:
There is a possibility for resolving the conflict… a two state settlement of the June 67 border and a resolution of the refugee question based on the right of return and compensation. Everybody agrees. The Palestinians agree. Hamas agrees. Iran agrees. If you look at the actual record, the only outliers are Israel and the United States and a few South Pacific Islands. That’s what the record shows. There is a solution. It can be resolved… It’s not so complicated… The problem is not the terms for resolving it, everyone agrees on the terms except for Israel and the United States, the problem is the political will to impose those terms on the recalcitrants, and there I think there’s alot of reason for hope.
Finkelstein makes it look so simple! So straightforward! Israel/America=bad. Palestinians=good. And you know what I think of world views that are black and white. By seeking to impose a, uhm, final solution upon Israel, Finkelstein once again reveals himself to be a highly partisan party who seeks only to pander to those idiotic groups who pay him top dollar to lecture for them and feed them the bile they crave to continue with their depraved perception of the Israel/Arab conflict. Finkelstein’s distortions have never done anything to advance the peace process. The only thing they advance is his career as a lecturer who panders to those whose hatred of Israel knows no bounds.
And the thing is, he’s not even good at it. His arguments are ridiculous. Imagine this statement: “There is a possibility for resolving the problem of the Sudetenland… Everybody agrees. Neville Chamberlain agrees. Germany agrees. The Italians agree. The ethnic Germans in Czechoslovakia agree…” Heh. So the notion that hostile parties committed to Israel’s destruction agree on a course of action is supposed to make that course more compelling? Are you kidding me Norman?
Thus when the ad was offered to me, I pondered what I should do. I mean I have intensely disliked Finkelstein for decades, ever since I saw him lecture in Montreal. After the lecture, an elderly Jewish woman got up and angrily declared to the audience that she was a holocaust survivor and what the Zionists were doing to the Palestinians was exactly the same as what the Germans had done to the Jews. People were amazed at this spontaneous admission. Except it turned out that unbeknown to the audience, this woman was Finkelstein’s Mother and that she was a part of Finkelstein’s dog and pony theatrics. Gross.
So when faced with two choices, a safe one where I wouldn’t be yelled at or a fun one where I could enjoy myself in a mischievous manner, of course I took the ad! I’m not scared of Norman Finkelstein. Not only that, but I will take the money paid for the ad and I will use it to buy kosher for Passover wine produced in settlements behind the green line and donate it to poor families who voted for either Netanyahu’s Likud or Lieberman’s Israel Shelanu parties… and I don’t even particularly like those guys!
Heh. Fuck you Norman Finkelstein!