The Arabist

The Arabist

By Issandr El Amrani and friends.

Norman Finkelstein denied tenure

I don't really have anything to add to what Richard Silverstein has written on the subject. It's sad for Finkelstein, sad for DePaul University, and sad for academia generally speaking, especially as it is generally recognized that Finkelstein is an accomplished scholar and it appears he was denied tenure essentially because of his personality. Finkelstein is an aggressive debater, some people (even among his ideological allies) may think he is too polemical but I think that kind of aggressivity is essential when the party he opposes (Alan Dershowitz and his ilk) had the resources to wage entire campaigns of obfuscation and slander.

See also Kafr al-Hanadwa and of course Finkelstein's own website, where there is a statement of support by noted Holocaust historian Raul Hilberg as well as an interesting interview on the 1967 war I recently listened to.

And of course, if you haven't already, read his books:

Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict, New and Revised Edition

The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering, New Edition 2nd Edition

Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History

P.S. Can someone explain to me whether this means it is unlikely Finkelstein will be hired anywhere else? Can a campaign be organized for him to be hired elsewhere? Perhaps in the region, since Finkelstein is interested in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict...