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Israel Arrests Outspoken Academic Norman Finkelstein"

Original post made by Dr. Ferragamo, Stanford, on May 24, 2008

Democracy NOW! reports: American academic Norman Finkelstein has been arrested and ordered deported from Israel. Finkelstein arrived in Tel Aviv earlier today on his way to the Occupied Territories. He was immediately detained and told he is banned from Israel for ten years. He's expected to be deported tomorrow. Finkelstein is known as one of the most prominent academic critics of Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. He was detained by the Interior Ministry and Shin Bet.


More on Finkelstein's arrest here:

US political author Norman Finkelstein denied entry to Israel

05.23.2008 | MOnsters & Critics

Jerusalem - The US political author and critic of Israel Norman Finkelstein was denied entry to the Jewish state on Friday, his lawyer said.

Finkelstein landed at Ben Gurion international airport near Tel Aviv in the early morning and was told by a representative of the ministry of interior that he would not be allowed into the country on 'security' grounds, attorney Michael Sfard told dpa.

'This usually means a 10-year ban on entry,' Sfard added.

Finkelstein, who is Jewish and the son of Holocaust survivors, has written critical books on Israeli policies in the Palestinian territories and on what he called 'exploitation' of the Jewish tragedy during World War II.

Finkelstein has received with the fierce disapproval of some authors and academics, while others have praised his controversial works.

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Posted by Not Dr Ferragamo
a resident of Stanford
on May 24, 2008 at 2:23 pm

He can appeal to the courts in Israel I am sure--more than can be said about the way the law is upheld in most of the terrorist supporting countries that Finkelstein supports.
He is a disgrace to his parents, who were Holocaust survivors and a disgrace to the jewish people.
Goodbye to bad rubbish

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Posted by pk
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on May 24, 2008 at 2:44 pm

As he is Jewish he has an right of return and israeli citizenship, unlike the palestinians at least up to now

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Posted by Not Dr Ferragamo
a resident of Stanford
on May 24, 2008 at 3:16 pm

He does, but the government has the right to reject his request based on criminal record, support of terrorists etc. Anyway, I do not think he is asking for citizenship.
BTW, pk, will Jews have the right to request Palestinian citizenship when the Palestinian state is formed??? (I doubt it)

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Posted by Good for Israel
a resident of Midtown
on May 26, 2008 at 6:40 am

Thank God Israel has some good sense. Its citizens, even its Code Pink ladies after the last time Lebanon invaded, have finally understood what they need to do to survive.

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