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Norman Finkelstein

‘It’s Suffering and Sacrifice That Moves A Public’ Norman Finkelstein and Harry Fear



It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that Israel has just suffered a historic defeat.
One only had to watch the international news coverage.
BBC persisted in its typically awful reportage on the Israel-Palestine conflict during Israel’s latest rampage.
But tonight it had to acknowledge that the people of Gaza were out in the streets celebrating.
It desperately sought some “balance” by positing that “some people in Israel are probably also celebrating.”
Fat chance.
CNN aired Christiane Amanpour’s “exclusive” interview with Khaled Meshal.
Despite, or perhaps because of, her silly histrionics (“What do you want?” she tearfully pleaded), Meshal came across as remarkably articulate.
It could not have failed to register even on the terrifyingly stupid Abu Mazen that the PA Comedy Hour will soon be cancelled.
Meshal also explicitly endorsed a settlement on the June 1967 border, which won’t please the BDS/One-State cultists.
CNN then televised the Israeli news conference of Netanyahu, Lieberman and Barak.
They looked like three sixth-graders called down to the Principal’s Office, counting the minutes until the humiliation was over.
Israel suffered a double defeat.
Its announced goal when it went into Gaza was to restore its “deterrence capacity.”
But at the end of the day its deterrence capacity had been drastically reduced:
The once mighty Israeli army that caused the whole Arab/Muslim world to tremble could not even defeat the impoverished and weaponless tiny enclave of Gaza.
Israel demanded an unconditional and unilateral secession of Hamas “rocket” attacks.
But Israel had to accept a mutual ceasefire.  It also had to make promises regarding the siege of Gaza.
It is highly improbable that anything will come of these Israeli promises, but still, Israel could not unilaterally impose its will.
Let it, finally, be said:
In praise of the ever-martyred but ever-heroic and ever-renascent people of Gaza.
May they live to see the full brightness of dawn.

Norman Finkelstein

On Gaza

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

It cannot be doubted the turning-point in Israel’s latest murderous rampage.  

It came when Hamas leader Khaled Meshal taunted Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, Go ahead, attack!  

At that moment Netanyahu stood exposed in all his nakedness.  

The bluff had been called.

Only the ninth-rate hacks at the New York Times preserved until the last second the fiction that the IDF still stood poised for an offensive.  Isabel Kershner, the ex-beautician from Sderot Coiffures, whose only known scholarly work is The Complete History of Mah Jong Tournaments in the Catskills, dutifully repeated the party line that Netanyahu held back on the ground offensive because he of course preferred a diplomatic solution.   

Just like Genghis Khan.

Israel couldn’t attack because the population won’t accept any IDF casualties, while the presence of foreign journalists and the honor of Egypt and Turkey prevented Israel from fighting in its usual style: the scorched-earth destruction of everything and everyone in its path, no questions asked.  

The 2006 Lebanon War ended when Hezbollah escalated its rocket attacks on Israel’s heartland, while Israel dreaded the prospect of a ground invasion on the terrain of the Party of God.  So, Israel called on the bail it out and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice engineered a U.N. resolution, which she had blocked during the first weeks of the Israeli massacre–or, what this Witch from the Pits of Hell  called the “birth pangs of a new Middle East.”   

This time it’s Scarecrow Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who is flying in to rescue Israel from another debacle, as Hamas escalated its–albeit, largely symbolic–retaliatory strikes.  

It’s unlikely that Palestinians will win much in the ceasefire–the interests of Egypt, Turkey and Qatar, on the one hand, and the Palestinians on the other, diverge more than they converge.  

But still, the IDF’s Achilles heel has once again been revealed, and consequently, although Tel Aviv’s proclaimed goal in launching the attack on Gaza was to enhance its “deterrence capacity”–i.e., its capacity to terrorize the Arab/Muslim world into submission–in fact, under the supremely stupid leadership of Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Israel emerges with a diminished deterrence capacity.  

No doubt, these Draculas are thrilled at the sight of the rubble and corpses in Gaza.  

But they cannot be pleased that all the world now knows just how cowardly they are.  

In the end, notwithstanding its super-space-age arsenal of death, the IDF trembled at the prospect of engaging the weaponless men, women and children of Gaza.  

It was a prudent move on Netanyahu’s part.  

The Ubermenschen of Israel’s Wehrmacht would probably have been slaughtered.

As Turkey Freezes Israel Ties, Critics Decry “Whitewashed” U.N. Report on Gaza Flotilla, Blockade

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Amy Goodman

Finkelstein in Gaza

by Norman Finkelstein on March 1, 2010 · 134 comments

normanThis month OR Books publishes Norman Finkelstein’s important new book about the Gaza conflict, ‘This Time We Went Too Far.’ What follows is an excerpt from the book, Chapter 5, “Inside Gaza.” (all rights reserved to Finkelstein and OR Books.)

To preserve my sense of purpose, and keep the Palestine struggle from becoming a lifeless abstraction, I need periodically to recharge my moral batteries by reconnecting with the actual people living under occupation and by witnessing firsthand the unfolding tragedy. From each trip I invariably carry away a handful of stark images that I fix in my mind’s eye to dispel the occasional hesitations about staying the course. When the memories begin to fade I know it is time to return.

And so, in June 2009, six months after the invasion, I joined a delegation that journeyed to Gaza for a brief visit. Though I had been to Gaza before, most of my time during previous trips to the region was spent with friends in the West Bank. Israel has prohibited me from entering the country for ten years, thereby making it impossible for me to visit the West Bank, allegedly because I am a “security” risk. An editorial in Haaretz titled “Who’s Afraid of Finkelstein?” cast doubt on the decision’s premise—“Considering his unusual and extremely critical views, one cannot avoid the suspicion that refusing to allow him to enter Israel was a punishment rather than a precaution”—and went on to argue against banning me. Nonetheless it is unclear if or when I will be able to see my Palestinian friends again. In the meantime, going to Gaza via Egypt at least enabled me to get some feeling for developments on the ground.

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Norman Finkelstein Interviewed on Danish TV November 13 2009

Norman Finkelstein interviewed on Danish public service TV by Jewish, and pro-Zionist host Adam Holm.

Adam Holm was corrected by his superiors from Danmarks Radio recently for having published a news paper article expressing his strong support for Israel.

On this occation a stoic Finkelstein manages to get Adam Holm off balance as Holm more and more desperately tries to counter Finkelsteins simple message: Uphold international law in connection with Israel as with any other state. Adam Holms clearly emotional approach says more than a thousand words.

Also see: Norman Finkelstein to Jewish TV-host: Listen to yourself spouting Israeli propaganda

See whole the interview with Israeli Ambassador Danny Ayalon in Denmark (just a few days old, appears in the Finkelstein interview) here: More here:

Denmark: No government support for closer EU ties to Israel after visit by Avigdor Lieberman

Exploiting the Holocaust for political purposes – Avigdor Lieberman visits Denmark and Holland

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