Friday, October 06, 2006

The F-word from DePaul "University"

DePaul University's Moment of Truth
(go to web site for links)
October 5th, 2006

The new academic school year is well underway. But there is one school in
which this year will determine once and for all whether it will henceforth
be considered to be a *bona fide* "university", or merely a make-pretend
parody of one.

That institution is DePaul University.

This year will witness the most important decision in DePaul's entire
history, ever since it was first founded
by<>the Catholic
"Vincentians". Over the next few months, DePaul will be
deciding whether or not to grant Norman Finkelstein tenure on the basis of
his "record". The same university that fired Prof. Thomas
to defend Israel<>in
a campus conversation outside the classroom is now seriously
granting tenure to Finkelstein on the basis of his hate-filled
pseudo-scholarly screeds. Finkelstein serves as assistant professor of
political science at DePaul, but scholarship is the last thing that occupies
his time.

Before coming to DePaul he had been fired from several adjunct jobs at
academic institutions in the New York area for his lack of serious academic
credentials and scholarship. Virtually Finkelstein's *entire* publication
record consists of anti-Jewish and anti-Israel books and non-professional
articles. He has no publications
any refereed academic journals, although he has hundreds in
Holocaust Denial, and neo-nazi web magazines. The closest Finkelstein ever
got to journal publication was with a couple of propaganda pieces in *New
Politics <>*, a "socialist"
non-academic magazine of far-leftist agitprop, sponsored by � among others �
Noam Chomsky. This "journal" openly states that it "stands in opposition to
all forms of imperialism, and is uncompromising in its defense of feminism
and affirmative action." Finkelstein also writes in assorted pro-terror
Palestinian "journals".

Finkelstein's "books" have been dismissed as scholarly frauds and
hate-filled propaganda by just about every serious historian or other
scholar who has reviewed them. In the *New York Times, *Prof. Omer Bartov*
*(Brown University historian)* *described Finkelstein's book on the
Holocaust as a "novel variation of the *Protocols of the Elders of Zion*,"
the fraudulent essay concocted in the late nineteenth century by the Czarist
secret police. He also described Finkelstein as "juvenile," "arrogant," and
"stupid" (Aug. 6, 2000). Professor Marc Saperstein described Finkelstein's
*Beyond Chutzpah: On the misuse of anti-Semitism and the abuse of
* as a "prolonged diatribe," replete with "outrageous *ad hominem* attacks"
and written in the "rhetorical style of the arrogant academic pit bull."

The eminent historian Daniel Jonah
Goldhagen<>has dismissed
an anti-Semitic crackpot, as a pseudo-scholar, and as an apologist for
the Hamas terrorists. The historian Israel Guttman dismissed
Finkelstein <>as
an anti-Semitic buffoon.
Professor Hans Momsen from Germany described it
most trivial book, one that appeals to easily aroused anti-Semitic
prejudices." University of Chicago Professor and author Peter Novick
Finkelstein's writing<>as
Novick has written,

"Such an examination reveals that many of those assertions are pure
invention� No facts alleged by Finkelstein should be assumed to be really
facts, no quotation in his book should be assumed to be accurate." [1]

He adds,

"I had not thought that (apart from the disreputable fringe) there were
Germans who would take seriously this twenty-first century updating of the
'Protocols of the Elders of Zion.' I was mistaken." (Offene Fenster und
Tueren,*'Sueddeutsche Zeitung*, February 7, 2001)

The Anti-Defamation League has repeatedly
as an open Holocaust Denier.
So has the Simon Wiesenthal
. The French group "*Avocats Sans Frontieres*" (Lawyers without
Borders) filed
a suit in a French
Finkelstein and his publisher two years back for libel and Holocaust
Denial. Finkelstein readily adopts the language of neo-nazis; his web site a
few days ago described a meeting of pro-Israel Jews in Europe as an assembly
of the "Elders of
. His personal web site recently carried a banner heading asserting that the
Jews themselves fabricated photos of the murdered at

"The field of Holocaust studies is replete with nonsense, if not sheer

writes Finkelstein<>
*. * Among his most famous pronouncements
*, *

*"*If everyone who claims to be a survivor actually is one," my mother used
to exclaim, "who did Hitler kill?" (Norman Finkelstein, The Holocaust
Industry, Verso, London 2000).

He describes the
by Germany to the families of victims of the Holocaust as "
*"*the greatest robbery in the history of mankind*."* He dismisses all
research into the Holocaust at universities: "Indeed, the field of Holocaust
studies is replete with nonsense, if not sheer
Even Benny Morris, himself an radical "New Historian" from whose books
Finkelstein frequently quotes, has dismissed
a fraud and quack.

The *Washington Post* columnist Marc Fisher wrote (Dec. 3, 2002), that
Finkelstein is a writer

"celebrated by neo-Nazi groups for his Holocaust revisionism and comparison
of Israel to Nazi Germany."

Leon Wieseltier
<>from the
*New** Republic* wrote,

"He's poison, a disgusting self-hating Jew, something you find under a

Gabriel Schonfeld, the editor of the neo-conservative *Commentary *Magazine,
has written (*Commentary*, January 2001) that Finkelstein's writings are

"crackpot ideas, some of them mirrored almost verbatim in the propaganda put
out by neo-Nazis around the world."

Finkelstein is beloved by ultra-extremists of both the Right and the Left. He
is a regular columnist on the pro-terror Israel-bashing web magazine *
Counterpunch* <>, published by
neo-Stalinist Alexander Cockburn.

Finkelstein has long led a personal campaign of defamation and smear against
Nobel Prize winning writer and philosopher Elie
. A concentration camp survival, Wiesel has been smeared by Finkelstein as
"The Resident Clown of the Holocaust Circus." Finkelstein charges that
Wiesel is responsible for creating a "meaningless version of the Nazi
Holocaust" and for only exposing "genocides that serve the interests of the
US and Israel" (**, Aug. 30, 2000).

In contrast, Finkelstein has described the
Denier David Irving, at the moment rotting in an Austrian prison,
as "a good historian", one who has "made an indispensable contribution to
our knowledge of World War II." Irving claims there were no gas chambers
at all, no Holocaust of Jews in WWII, and that Hitler was in fact a friend
of the Jews.

Finkelstein has dismissed the *Simon Wiesenthal Centre* (which documents the
Holocaust and pursues Nazi war criminals) as
. Finkelstein has also led a long vendetta against Harvard professor of law
Alan Dershowitz. But unlike Finkelstein, Dershowitz is a serious scholar
with real academic publications. Finkelstein has called Dershowitz a nazi,
has campared Dershowitz<>to
Adolf Eichmann,
and has even called for the targeted assassination of
. He has run as "illustration" for his articles a cartoon by a Brazilian
neo-nazi cartoonist ("Latuff") showing Dershowitz

Finkelstein has a long history of justifying and celebrating
against the US and against Israel.
He has justified bin Laden and al-Qaeda attacks on the US. He repeatedly
called for "solidarity with the
as it fired rockets loaded up with ball bearings at Israeli children. He
has stated <>,

"I say this without fear: for those who believe in freedom and dignity, we
are all Hezb'Allah now."

Neo-nazi organizations all over the world celebrate
the "Jewish David Irving", as the person who proves as accurate their
claims that there was no Holocaust, and that people like David Irving are
simply telling the historic truth. Ernst Zundel
<> (deported from
Canada for his open neo-nazi activities) and his wife repeatedly sing the
praises <>of
So do almost all the pro-terror web sites of Islamofascists in the world.
Finkelstein has appeared on the official Hezb'Allah television network
al-Manar, because, he
"If I'm willing to appear on CNN � the main propaganda organ for America's
terrorist wars�why shouldn't I appear on al-Manar?"

Finkelstein today is the symbol of DePaul's dishonorable decline, someone
who has even endorsed death
pro-Western Moslem dissidents.
Irshad Manji runs Muslim Refusenik <> a web
site for dissident Muslims who reject Islamofascism and terrorism. She has
been using her site to collect signatures to a petition that
<>denounces Islamist
violence and Islamofascism. In her site, she explains that she and her
friends have received a serious death threat from a British-based Islamist
website. Finkelstein cheered those threats and wrote the Muslim Refusenik
web site <>asking, "Is there a petition *
supporting* the death threats?"

In a few months we will know whether DePaul is to adopt real academic
standards and strive to morph into a real university. The litmus test is
how it handles Finkelstein.

Anyone wishing to express an opinion to DePaul's heads about that can find a
list of DePaul officers with their email addresses

[1] *The Holocaust in American Life* (1999) Houghton Mifflin

2. Cleaning stables at Columbia Madrassah?

Israel backed by army of cyber-soldiers
by Yonit Farago The Times Online (UK) July 28, 2006

WHILE Israel fights Hezbollah with tanks and aircraft, its supporters are
campaigning on the internet.

Israel.s Government has thrown its weight behind efforts by supporters to
counter what it believes to be negative bias and a tide of pro-Arab
propaganda. The Foreign Ministry has ordered trainee diplomats to track
websites and chatrooms so that networks of US and European groups with
hundreds of thousands of Jewish activists can place supportive messages.

In the past week nearly 5,000 members of the World Union of Jewish
Students (WUJS) have downloaded special .megaphone. software that alerts
them to anti-Israeli chatrooms or internet polls to enable them to post
contrary viewpoints. A student team in Jerusalem combs the web in a host
of different languages to flag the sites so that those who have signed up
can influence an opinion survey or the course of a debate.

Jonny Cline, of the international student group, said that Jewish students
and youth groups with their understanding of the web environment were
ideally placed to present another side to the debate. saying to these people that if Israel is being bashed, don.t ignore
it, change it,. Mr Cline said. .A poll like CNN.s takes just a few seconds
to vote in, but if thousands take part the outcome will be changed. What.s
vital is that the international face of the conflict is balanced..

Doron Barkat, 29, in Jerusalem, spends long nights trawling the web to try
to swing the debate Israel.s way. .When I see internet polls for or
against Israel I send out a mailing list to vote for Israel,. he said. .It
can be that after 15 minutes there will be 400 votes for Israel.

.It.s very satisfying. There are also forums where Lebanese and Israelis

Israel.s Foreign Ministry must avoid direct involvement with the campaign
but is in contact with international Jewish and evangelical Christian
groups, distributing internet information packs.

Amir Gissin, the Israeli Foreign Ministry.s public relations director,
said: .The internet.s become a leading tool for news, shaping the world
view of millions. Our problem is the foreign media shows Lebanese
suffering, but not Israeli. bypassing that filter by distributing
pictures showing how northern Israelis suffer from Katyusha rocket

4. More on Foley:

5. Sanitizing Fatah:

6. The Disgrace of Middle East Studies:

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