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Hezbollah Is ‘Hatikvah’ To Norman Finkelstein’s Ears

By Daniel Treiman

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Anti-Israel firebrand turned academic-freedom martyr Norman Finkelstein recently paid a visit to his favorite Lebanese extremist group.

The AP reports that the “Holocaust Industry” author and former DePaul University professor met with Hezbollah’s commander in south Lebanon and toured a village that was the scene of heavy fighting in the summer of 2006.

“After the horror and after the shame and after the anger there still remain a hope, and I know that I can get in a lot of trouble for what I am about to say, but I think that the Hezbollah represents the hope. They are fighting to defend their homeland,” Finkelstein told reporters.

UPDATE: At least Finkelstein apparently thinks Israel has a right to exist, as this bizarre debate lineup at the Oxford Union seems to suggest.

Hat tip: Solomonia

Ruth Wed. Jan 9, 2008

He's a delusional crackpot, but it's illuminating to know what the anti-Israel crowd is blathering about. I'm grateful to the Bintel Blog for filling me with righteous indignation over Finkelstein every month or so.

julie Tue. Jan 8, 2008

In trouble? In his dreams! Now he's just one more loudmouth without portfolio. Big Deal.

Alex Cacioppo Fri. Jan 11, 2008

Finkelstein is not "anti-Israel." Why are such smears allowed to go unchallenged? He doesn't support Hezbollah's position on Israel but rather that it has in fact helped rebuild southern Lebanon after the 2006 war, which was, I'm sorry to say, in truth a war of aggression committed by the State of Israel. Why is it anti-Israel to condemn wrongful actions by Israel; should he instead praise aggression, and encourage Islamist fundamentalists to be goaded by it? Should he become the militarist you want him to become, thus endangering Israel?

Zionist Sat. Jan 12, 2008

For your information Hezzoballah started the war by kidnapping two Israeli soldiers and launching an attack on the Israeli military. The terorrist group Hezzobollah are at fault for the aggression in the Middle East against Israel. Israel has been on the offensive for decades. You're just another anti-semitic idiot who has nothing better to do than attack Israel.

Richard Silverstein Mon. Jan 14, 2008

First, Hezbollah is perhaps an "extremist group" in your eyes. But as a political force that gained almost one-third of the vote in the last election calling it such shows your journalistic partisanship. It would've been better to use descriptive, rather than judgmental terms. Second, Finkelstein said nothing about Hatikvah in his statement & while this may be a witticism to you it is entirely misleading & journalistically irresponsible. Finally, the Oxford debate lineup may be bizarre to you, but there are many of us (& perhaps even a few Forward readers) who find the lineup intriguing, daring and even refreshing. Norman Finkelstein believes in a 2 state solution to the IP conflict. That's why calling him "anti-Israel" is factually incorrect. "Critic of Israel" would've been much more accurate. But I guess you don't see a difference bet. those 2 terms & many of the rest of us do. Too bad.

David L Nilsson Fri. Jan 18, 2008

Ruth: "I'm grateful to the Bintel Blog for filling me with righteous indignation over Finkelstein every month or so." Whether this is heartfelt or satire, it's an illuminating comment on the psychology of the non-aliyah-making, guilt-projecting Jew who lives in safety in the USA and gloats over the ruination of a brave man's career. G-d is not mocked- and certainly not by Zionists.

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