Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish


“Rat Fink” Norman Finkelstein has learned the hard way that Israel does not look too kindly on people supporting her destruction.

Ok, maybe not such a hard way.

The Shin Bet security service detained and deported an American Jewish professor who is a prominent critic of the Israeli occupation when he landed at Ben-Gurion International Airport on Friday.

Actually, Mr Ha’aretz writer, he is a critic of Israel and not just of the so-called “occupation.” If you can call showing pathological hatred “being a critic.”

Professor Norman Finkelstein was interrogated for several hours and held in an airport cell before being put on a plane back to Amsterdam, his point of departure. Finkelstein said he was told he could not return to Israel for 10 years.

The Shin Bet said Finkelstein “is not permitted to enter Israel because of suspicions involving hostile elements in Lebanon,” and because he “did not give a full accounting to interrogators with regard to these suspicions.”

However, in e-mail and phone interviews with Haaretz after leaving Israel for Amsterdam, Finkelstein said, “I did my best to provide absolutely candid and comprehensive answers to all the questions put to me. I am confident that I have nothing to hide. Apart from my political views, and the supporting scholarship, there isn’t much more to say for myself: alas, no suicide missions or secret rendezvous with terrorist organizations.

He does have a point. His rendezvous’ with terrorist organizations have been anything but secret.

I’ve always supported a two-state solution based on the 1967 borders.

That’s why he mourns as “the Nakba” the establishment of the state of Israel 19 years before the 1967 war, and has refused to celebrate her 60th birthday.

I’m not an enemy of Israel.”

Of course not. It’s just that some of best friends are.

Finkelstein visited Lebanon a few months ago and met with Hezbollah operatives there, and subsequently published articles.

Finkelstein, 55, has accused Israel of exploiting the Holocaust for political ends. He recently left DePaul University following pressure by Jewish organizations and individuals, including Professor Alan Dershowitz.

He also said in the interview that he was “en route to Palestine to see one of my oldest and dearest friends, Musa Abu-Hashhash.”

The good news for him is that he may just be enjoying the company of hashhash after all.

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A lawyer by education, David Lange - founder and managing editor of Israellycool - found his calling in advocating for Israel and the Jewish people. He is available for public speaking engagements.