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American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein


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Comment: "Dr. Finkelstein is a true hero. What has been done to him is a crime against humanity! An honorable scholar with integrity got destroyed by propaganda machine! Shame on you! You know who you are!"



   

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. (0)
Monday March 8, 2010, 8:49 am
"From Maryla[his mother], Mr. Finkelstein says that he inherited the conviction that Jews have a special obligation to ease the suffering of humanity because of what was done to them, and that it is not enough to pay lip service to one’s convictions; they must be acted on. A childhood friend remembers her emotional investment in left-wing humanitarian causes as bordering on hysteria. Mr. Finkelstein recalls that as his notoriety spread, she came to feel he had taken her too literally and become a “Frankenstein’s monster” on a path toward self-destruction....."

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/11/movies/11radical.html?scp=1&sq=norman%20finkelstein&st=cse
 

Dave C (867)
Monday March 8, 2010, 8:58 am
MOVIE REVIEW | 'AMERICAN RADICAL: THE TRIALS OF NORMAN FINKELSTEIN'
Is This a Man Who Sheds Light, or Simply Sets Fires?

By STEPHEN HOLDEN

“American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein” is a cautiously respectful documentary portrait of a political firebrand who presents himself as a beacon of moral truth in the murk of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A scholar, author and passionate advocate of the Palestinian cause, Mr. Finkelstein, 56, is a thorn in the side of the Israel lobby.

Early in the film, directed by David Ridgen and Nicolas Rossier, Mr. Finkelstein is shown at a 1982 rally in front of the Israeli consulate in New York carrying a poster urging “Israeli Nazis” to “stop the Holocaust in Lebanon,” referring to the Israeli invasion of that country. Until he was banned from traveling to Israel, he paid regular visits to Palestinian friends on the West Bank. He is a supporter of Hezbollah.

Mr. Finkelstein’s inflammatory rhetoric has earned him many powerful enemies, most notably the civil liberties lawyer Alan M. Dershowitz, whose book “The Case for Israel” Mr. Finkelstein has called a fraud, accusing the author of plagiarism. Leon Wieseltier, the literary editor of The New Republic, describes Mr. Finkelstein as “poison: a disgusting self-hating Jew.” Even Mr. Finkelstein’s political ally Noam Chomsky questioned his judgment in picking some of his fights.

Born in Brooklyn, Mr. Finkelstein explains in the film that he inherited his temperament from his mother, Maryla Husyt Finkelstein. Both Maryla and Mr. Finkelstein’s father, Zacharias, were survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto and of concentration camps. His father was interned in Auschwitz, his mother in Majdanek.

From Maryla, Mr. Finkelstein says that he inherited the conviction that Jews have a special obligation to ease the suffering of humanity because of what was done to them, and that it is not enough to pay lip service to one’s convictions; they must be acted on. A childhood friend remembers her emotional investment in left-wing humanitarian causes as bordering on hysteria. Mr. Finkelstein recalls that as his notoriety spread, she came to feel he had taken her too literally and become a “Frankenstein’s monster” on a path toward self-destruction.

The film chronicles the controversies in which Mr. Finkelstein has become embroiled, beginning with his attack on Joan Peters’s widely praised 1984 best seller, “From Time Immemorial: The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict Over Palestine,” which he denounced as a hoax. In a television interview after the publication of his best-known book, “The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering” (2000), he declares, “A handful of American Jews have effectively hijacked the Nazi Holocaust to blackmail Europe” and “divert attention from what is being done to the Palestinians.”

The cost of Mr. Finkelstein’s outspokenness has been steep. In 2001 he left Hunter College, where he had taught for nine years, after his teaching load and salary were reduced. He was subsequently hired by DePaul University in Chicago, where he became an assistant professor of political science. But in 2007 his bid for tenure, opposed by Mr. Dershowitz — who called him “a propagandist” and “not a teacher” — was denied, despite strong on-campus support.

Because it is a film, “American Radical” can only begin to sketch the complicated historical and political debates that engage Mr. Finkelstein and his detractors, but it allows both sides to make their cases. In his more reflective moments Mr. Finkelstein demonstrates an acute analytical intelligence and even an inkling of humor. “Speaking as a devout atheist, thank God in his Almighty wisdom that he made us mortal,” he says.

But he also appears to be a man who reflexively rises to the bait: a strident polemicist who, however right or wrong, has chosen to travel a long, hard road.

AMERICAN RADICAL

The Trials of Norman Finkelstein

Opens on Thursday in Manhattan.

Produced and directed by David Ridgen and Nicolas Rossier; directors of photography, Mr. Ridgen and Mr. Rossier; edited by Cameron Clendaniel; music by Judd Greenstein; released by Typecast Releasing. At the Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue, at Second Street, East Village. Running time: 1 hour 24 minutes. This film is not rated.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:

Correction: February 12, 2010
A film review on Thursday about “American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein” misstated a word in a comment Mr. Finkelstein made in a television interview shown in the documentary. He said, “A handful of American Jews have effectively hijacked the Nazi Holocaust to blackmail Europe” and “divert attention from what is being done to the Palestinians” — not “divert attention to what is being done to the Palestinians.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/11/movies/11radical.html?ref=movies&pagewanted=print

http://www.normanfinkelstein.com/new-york-times-reviews-american-radical/
 

Yvonne Mendes Siblini (218)
Monday March 8, 2010, 11:27 am
God help you Dave with this discussion here... I just wish everyone would be civil to one another and be nice.
 

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Monday March 8, 2010, 11:45 am

While I appreciate your concern, Yvonne, I think that -- at least thus far -- this is a civil debate, with both sides presenting their arguments, using logic and reference materials.

I respect that.
 

Sam H (410)
Monday March 8, 2010, 6:54 pm
It's amazing how some can find a way to turn Finkelstein's basic human decency into such a horrible thing.

What can be more noble than when a Jewish fellow declares his "conviction that Jews have a special obligation to ease the suffering of humanity because of what was done to them"?

Humanity is far better off for what Dr. Finkelstein's mother instilled in him as a child and for what he did himself as a grown man.

Had Alan Dershowitz's mother been equally caring, she would have raised a decent son instead of the thug her son turned out to be.

May all Jewish mothers (and all mothers for that matter) follow in the footsteps of Dr. Finkelstein's mother so we can have a gentler, kinder world!
 

. (0)
Monday March 8, 2010, 7:00 pm
Actually, Sam, it appears that it was Mr. Finkelstein's mother herself who felt her son had become a "Frankenstein's monster." So she obviously didn't think that her 'footsteps' are ones that others should follow in, wouldn't you say?
 

Sam H (410)
Monday March 8, 2010, 7:21 pm
I think it's the mother's guilt for what her son had to go through for being the decent human being she raised.

Dershowitz and his ilk can't even relate to that.

"A childhood friend remembers her emotional investment in left-wing humanitarian causes as bordering on hysteria." I guess being passionate is a crime! That's a lot better than being indifferent even by Wiesel's standards.

Of course from the perspective of the warmongers, Finkelstein is as notorious as Dershowitz is famous. Very objective indeed!
 

. (0)
Tuesday March 9, 2010, 2:45 am
Well, since I don't know the man personally, I suppose I'll just have to assume that his mother knew him better than I did and could evaluate his character better than I.
 

Sam H (410)
Tuesday March 9, 2010, 8:10 pm
I'm sure Barbara bush thinks very highly of her accomplished, little Georgie. And I would imagine that Klara thought very highly of her little Adolph.

Now I'm going to make a wild guess that you did not know either George bush or Adolph Hitler personally.

My second wild guess is that you're not going to accept what the mothers of these two evil men said about them.

My third wild guess is that you were able to form your opinion about these two men by observing their actions, not by accepting what their mothers said about them.

My fourth wild guess is that you are biased against Finkelstein because he exposes militant Zionists for what they really are.

I believe that organized religion is the source of a good deal of all the evil we see in this world. But if I didn't, then I would want somebody with Finkelstein's integrity to defend my faith. I certainly would not want somebody whose values are as debased as Dershowitz's to take up the task.

And I reached this conclusion by judging these two men by their own actions not by what their mothers said about them.
 

Locan Sleeping-Squirrel (209)
Thursday March 11, 2010, 11:12 pm
OMG! That is the funniest thing I've read on Care2 in quite a while.

TY Sam.
 
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