The Rat Fink has a gig…thanks to a German institute.
The Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in the city of Halle sparked international criticism because the pro-Hezbollah and allegedly antisemitic activist Norman Finkelstein is slated to hold talks on academia and Gaza on Monday and later in January.
“Finkelstein is not a scholar or academic. He is a polemicist who misuses sources and violates accepted standards of academic integrity,” Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday. “That is why he was fired ( or not renewed) at universities at which he taught. It would be scandalous for the Planck Institute to lend its academic imprimatur to so non-academic a person,” he argued.
Dershowitz added:”Let me add that the Planck Institute would never seriously consider inviting an anti-Palestinian polemicist with a comparable lack of academic standing. He is invited because of his anti-Israel and borderline antisemitic polemics, not despite them.”
Finkestlein told the Post that “DePaul University and I reached a private settlement of my tenure case. The joint statement issued after the settlement said that I was ‘an excellent teacher and prolific scholar.'”
Max Privorozki, head of the small Jewish community in Halle, called on the MPI to cancel the lectures. He told the Post it is a “disgrace” that MPI is hosting the controversial activist.
Finkelstein is banned for ten years from entering the Jewish state because of his support for Hezbollah—a US and EU classified terrorist organization.
This is indeed a disgrace. Besides being a vile terror supporter, Finkelstein is also someone of bad temperament who has a hard time even remembering people’s names.