The controversial author and political scientist Norman Finkelstein, who was recently embroiled in an ill-fated struggle to be granted tenure at De Paul University in Chicago due to his criticisms of "Israeli" policy, kicked off a tour of Lebanon on Friday with a news conference at Ta-Marbouta Cafe in Hamra.
...On Saturday, Finkelstein plans to conduct a workshop at the Center for Palestinian Youth in the Palestinian refugee camp of Chatila in Beirut at 1 p.m. Later in the day, he will deliver a lecture entitled "Memoirs of an anti-Zionist" at 6 p.m. at the Babel Theater in Hamra. Both lectures will be presented in English and again in Arabic.
Sunday will see Finkelstein travel to the southern town of Qana to hold a public meeting with the title of "Why Pro-Resistance Lebanese Were Right to Give Human Rights Watch the Boot," at 3 p.m.
...In a statement read at the news conference, Finkelstein noted that since his previous visit, "three brutal wars" have been fought in the region at the behest of the US, namely the invasion of Iraq, the 2006 "Israeli" war against Lebanon and the increased stranglehold by the Jewish (Zionist) state on the Palestinian economy and lands following the 2006 electoral victory by Hamas.
On the invasion of Iraq by US-led forces, Finkelstein said that the architects of the war were not members of the US-based "Israeli" lobby, as some outspoken academics have asserted, but US Vice President Richard Cheney and former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
...Regarding "'Israel's' [note the quotation marks the paper inserted - YM] brutal war of aggression" on Lebanon in the summer of 2006, the Jewish author disputed the notion that actions by Hizbullah were to blame for the onset of hostilities. Finkelstein said that "Israel" had long been planning the war, which claimed the lives of 1,200 Lebanese, mostly civilians, and 160 "Israelis", mostly soldiers. The US, he claimed, signed off on the invasion with the hope that it would destroy Hizbullah, thus facilitating a US strike on Iran. While Finkelstein said that there is never a victor in war, he added: "However, it is also true to say that the Lebanese resistance inflicted a historic and well-deserved military defeat on the invading foreign army and its chief supporter."
Friday, February 15, 2008
Remember Finkelstein? Norman, That Is
Here's his latest (unless he was "misquoted"):-