Monday, May 26, 2008

US professor denied entry to Israel

US professor denied entry to Israel

The Jerusalem Post

American political scientist and fierce critic of Israel, Prof. Norman Finkelstein, was denied entry to Israel and deported from the country early Saturday morning. Officials said that the decision to deport Finkelstein was connected to his anti-Zionist opinions and fierce public criticism of Israel around the world.

Finkelstein landed at Ben-Gurion International Airport at 2 a.m. Friday morning and was immediately taken for questioning by the Immigration Authority and the Interior Ministry. He arrived in Israel from Europe, where he was on a speaking tour. According to his Web site, his last talk was at the University of Amsterdam.

His lawyer, Michael Sfarad, said he was interrogated for several hours and told that he would not be allowed into the country on security grounds. He was held overnight and forced to board a flight to Europe early Saturday morning.

Finkelstein reportedly said that Israel uses the Holocaust as an excuse for the fight against anti-Semitism and has managed to trick Germany into paying exorbitant sums of money in compensation. He also called Holocaust survivor and scholar Eli Wiesel a "clown prince."

Prof. Alan Dershowitz of Harvard was active in campaigning against Finkelstein. His most recent book, Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History, is largely an attack on Dershowitz's The Case for Israel. In his book, Finkelstein argues that Israel uses the outcry over perceived anti-Semitism as a weapon to stifle criticism.

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Blogger Abe Bird said...

Good! Israel in nauve any more. Why let an Anti Semite Jews to come into Israel which he hates so much? Why let him to meet the Falsetinian Arabs that use hin as ProPALganda device?

That propeled furunclestein is Dancing With evils and he should be denigrated!

3:27 PM  
Blogger Robertcw72 said...

I am so glad he has been banned in Israel. A good start, next the ISM needs to go!

11:33 AM  
Blogger Puckpan said...

I understand they are burning New Testaments now too in Israel.

God what a primitive, backwards, close-minded, old testament place that is.

The holocaust is the new religion of the jews and they tolerate no blasphemy.

6:19 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

I don't know anything about the guy they denied entry to, but Israel oftentimes denies entry for whatever reason they feel fit. My sister, who is married to a Palestinian refugee, came back to the US briefly this summer to visit family, and she was real worried that Israel would not let her back into the country because she'd married a Palestinian. Thankfully they did, but every single time, she has to worry. They interrogate her, pat her down, lock her in a room for hours, all the sorts of things America doesn't realize is going on over there or ordinary people.

2:09 PM  

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