Norman Finkelstein on Israel-Palestine conflict

04/30/10 Doris Norrito
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A lecture by Norman Finkelstein concluded a week long program on “Demystifying the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict”. Finkelstein gave a recent history of the invasion of Gaza. He said the reaction to the democratic elections held in Gaza in 2006 is the “ghost that won’t be buried.”

Finkelstein quoted Mary Robinson, the former high commissioner for human rights who went to Gaza after the invasion.

Finkelstein considers Sarah Roy the world’s leading authority on the Gaza economy. Roy has described the invasion as the breakdown of an entire society. Finkelstein concedes that given the option to fight or die, Hamas reacted.

'It was not a war', Finkelstien said, 'there was no battle. It was a massacre He adds that according to Israeli soldiers, there was no engagement.'

Finkelstein said a collection of testimonies by Israeli soldiers can be found on the Internet by searching for “breaking the silence.”

Justice Richard Goldstone headed a UN fact-finding mission that found strong evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the Gaza conflict. Finkelstein gave credence to the Goldstone Report.

Bob Kunst and one other person protested the Finkelstein lecture on the edge of the USF campus. Kunst said he did not want to attend the lecture.

Norman Finkelstein received his doctorate in 1988 from Princeton and taught political theory and the Israel-Palestine conflict in several universities. Finkelstein is he author of five books and is currently an independent scholar.

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