Beyond Chutzpah! By Norman Finkelstein

Anti-Semitism has long been used by Zionists, Israelis, and Radical Jews, to deflect criticism from the horrific Nazi-like holocaust devastation and South African type apartheid policies of Israel on the Palestinians.

Norman Finklestein, a Jew, and a Nazi Holocaust survivor, tears apart this oh you’re being Anti Semitic argument used by Zionists and Israelis and their supporters in mainstream western media as happened with FM SQM.

Every Pakistani Prime Minister, senior government leaders, Foreign Minister, senior Foreign Office officials, all our Ambassadors should read this book to respond to this “you’re being Anti Semitic” googly they throw at us and whoever criticizes Israeli terror!

Here’s the link to the overview of the book on Wikipedia which I’ve appended below as well!

Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History is a book by Norman G. Finkelstein published by the University of California Press in August 2005.

Overview of the book

Finkelstein’s doctoral dissertation was to disassemble a book by Joan Peters, From Time Immemorial (1984), which claimed that Palestine had been largely empty in the early 20th century and that both Jewish and Arab ethnic groups were immigrants.

Finkelstein declared the book a fraud.

Two decades later, Finkelstein saw the record of the Israel-Palestine conflict as much less complex than previously. Finkelstein claims that the official Zionist “Exodus version,” that Arab radio broadcasts had instructed the Palestinians to flee, has been largely swept away.

He believes that proof of this became available in the 1960s but had little impact.

In the late 1980s, however, some studies, including some by Israelis, claimed to dispel much of what Finkelstein refers to as “the Zionist mythology” enveloping the origins of the conflict.[1]

Some scholarly debate now focuses on much narrower questions such as whether what in Finkelstein’s view was “ethnic cleansing” was the intentional consequence of Zionist policy or the unintentional by-product of the 1948 Arab-Israeli war.

The topic remains controversial, particularly in Israel, where mainstream historians continue to dispute the view of Israel’s 1948 war of independence presented by Finkelstein.

In this book, he analyses “The Not-So-New ‘New Anti-Semitism'” from published sources.

Finkelstein argues that the specter of the “new antisemitism” has been invented by supporters of Israel to brand any serious criticisms of Israel’s human rights abuses as anti-semitism.

The aim, Finkelstein contends, is to silence criticism of Israel’s policies and to provide a cover for that country’s expansionistic and illegal policies in the Palestinian territories.

I’m writing an article on this view, very soon. Insha Allah.

 

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