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I think Finkelstein's discussion brings a much needed perspective to the causes and reasons of the on-going Israel conflict. It's safe to assume we will hear pro-Israeli viewpoints on a fairly regular basis, which tends to condemn the group the majority of Palestinians as "terrorists", and there are plenty of situations which sustain that generalization. But Palestinian perspectives are rarely offered. If a Palestinian perspective is offered, it's almost always labeled as "anti-semetic" or dismissed as naive. Finkelstein tries to present this often missing and unstated perspective to bring more balance to understanding the issues which lead to continuing conflict in the region. It's definitely worth reading.
I agree with the previous review...Finkelstein is bias against Israel,but presents some interesting facts to support his position. I think there is relevance in a lot of what he has to say. He also happens to be a good speaker..
The self-proclaimed Communist, Finkelstein does provide some interesting facts that I wasn't aware of. But clearly he is very biased against the Israelis. It's ok to listen to if you're aware of that going in and aren't expecting a more informative explanation of what both sides have done wrong and right.
I gave this a 1-star rating because the review guidelines didn't offer a 0-rating. Finkelstein is one of those completely annoying and hypocritical "intellectuals" who claim to offer an unbiased look at an issue, but instead cherry-picks the "facts" to present an off-the-charts one-sided point-of-view. It seems Norman Finkelstein got his talking points from Syrian President Assad and Iranian President Ahmedinejad, then used his academic credentials to pretend to offer an objective look at a conflict where both sides have made mistakes. He capitalizes on the currently "hip" trend of the radical far left to see terrorists like Hezbollah and Hamas as blameless victims that just can't help it if they decide to blow up innocent people with suicide bombers, or lauch bombs at Jews from the basement of civilian Palestinian apartment buildings. I've got news for Finkelstein, if he continues to peddle this dribble, a truly terrible situation will take much longer to resolve.
Norman Finkelstein was born in New York City in 1954. He received his B.A. from Binghamton University and his Ph.D. from Emory University. He is a Professor of English at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he has lived since 1980. His books of poetry include Restless Messengers (Georgia, 1992), PASSING OVER (Marsh Hawk, 2007), and the three-volume serial poem Track: Track (Spuyten Duyvil, 1999), Columns (Spuyten Duyvil, 2002), and POWERS: TRACK VOLUME THREE (Spuyten Duyvil, 2005). He has also written extensively about modern and postmodern poetry, and about Jewish literature. His boo