Skip to comments.Controversial Professor Plans to Risk Arrest After University Cancels His Classes
Posted on 08/31/2007 8:21:09 AM PDT by Froufrou
A professor whose views on the Holocaust irked critics plans to risk arrest by showing up on the first day of classes next week at DePaul University after officials canceled his courses, took away his office and put him on leave.
The private Chicago Catholic university recently informed professor Norman Finkelstein that his three courses were canceled after a dispute over tenure that drew charges of anti-Semitism against him.
Critics find issue with Finkelstein, the son of Holocaust survivors, who believes that some Jews have exploited the Holocaust. Finkelstein is the author of five books, including "The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering."
When classes start on Sept. 5, Finkelstein, who teaches political theory, will return to campus in response to "an attack on academic freedom and due process," he said. He was expecting to return this semester to teach "Equality in Social Justice," "Freedom and Empowerment" and an honors seminar.
"As usual I will show up for class on the first day and go to my office. I fully expect to be arrested," Finkelstein told FOXNews.com.
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Why can’t he go to his office? Paranoia?
Seems to boil down to this: “some Jews have exploited the Holocaust”
Climatologists take note.
I presume the University wants to keep him at arm’s length and to attempt to keep anything he publishes from being associated with them...?
Isn’t he the one who spoke at an anti-Israel rally yelling “We’re all Hamas!”?
Hmmmm... I don’t know the background on this but something came to mind when reading it. Supposedly, this issue is about him writing that some Jews have made an industry out of exploiting the Holocaust... wouldn’t that be about the same as Ann Coulter’s Jersey Girls comment?
It doesn’t deny the holocaust (9/11) took place just that some Jews (Jersey Girls) have exploited it.
What don’t I know about this guy?
just from reading that little snipet, he seems to have a point. i’m jewish by heritage. i don’t practice, never have. i’m not touching this story. my views might not be taken too kindly, and i like being a member of FR.
When they make a movie of this, they can call it, “Fear and Self-Loathing in Chicago.”
His class was cancelled. Was his office cancelled?
The guy’s view is that Jews have exploited the Holocaust to defend Israel’s right to exist. He thinks that’s a bad thing. I’m scratching my head trying to figure out just what is wrong with justifying Israel’s existence with reference to the massacre of half the world’s Jews. Isn’t the point of nationalism that every nation should have its own country? The Arabs have many countries. Shouldn’t the Jews have one as well?
He’s a charlatan, who has been fired by every college at which he taught. I’m not a big fan of Alan Dershowitz, but you might want to go to his website and read the short essay on “Finklestein’s Bigotry.”
He’s a self-hating Jew. Really really bucked up. And really sad. He’s a ready tool for the far left to bash Israel.
I know, I even hesitated before posting it! But what strikes me is the way that what used to be required academia has given way to notorious posturing ala Ward Churchill. That they get away with it is what is shocking, and it’s indicative of the decay of education, IMHO.
This fink has an opinion, as do we all. Doesn’t make him ‘worthy’ of tenure! He needs to do some SCHOLARLY writing to earn that!!!
Thank you. I’ll check it out.
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