Monday, April 16, 2007

Darth Dershowitz Returns

I just learned when I looked at the blog Filasteen that Alan Dershowitz, the fanatically pro-Israel Zionist activist operating out of Harvard, has been outrageously intervening to prevent Professor Norman Finkelstein from successfully obtaining tenure at De Paul University.

Dershowitz has no connection with De Paul, just as he had no connection with Brandeis University when he undertook to sabotage former President Jimmy Carters’ scheduled speech there. Dershowitz’s motivation in both cases was the same: Prof. Finkelstein and Carter wrote books criticizing Israel. (Please click on "Finkelstein" and "Dershowitz" in this blog's Labels to see all that I've already written on Dershowitz.)

If you are interested in academic freedom and freedom of speech generally, please look at this story and support Prof. Finkelstein in any way you can. I can say from reading both Dershowitz and Finkelstein that Finkelstein is far more honest and scholarly than Dershowitz. Indeed the words "honest" and "scholarly" do not apply to Dershowitz at all. The libelous things which Dershowitz has been saying about Finkelstein in his campaign to prevent the professor's tenure make me smile because they are all applicable to Dershowitz himself!

Unfortunately, although the whole acadamic world (except Zionists) seems to be expressing support for Finkelstein and disgust with Dershowitz, my impression is that the only person at De Paul University who is opposed to the tenure is one of the two individuals who can prevent it. The decision may already have been made. Let's hope that it is a favorable one.

Here is a >link to a relevant portion of Prof. Finkelstein’s website. There’s also a link to his webpage on my blogroll.

A Solidarity Campaign” “in favor of Professor Finkelstein is online with links to a lot of information.

Another informative article


Daniel said...

Hey Fleming, someone on my blog (Holocaust) has had a bit of a go at both you and me. You may care to respond!


Fleming said...

Thanks, Daniel. I will have a look and probably leave a comment on your blog. If you're got'em mad, you're doing good work -- and I know from your blog that you're always doing good work.