Monday, June 28, 2004

Meet Chomsky's Disciple: Norman Finkelstein

There is another Chomsky clone, I wonder if there is a minting factory or something, who made a name for himself by publishing a review of Joan Peters' From Time Immemorial: The Origins of the Arab–Jewish Conflict Over Palestine, his name: Norman Finkelstein. The past couple of years this Chomsky-te has been roaming the world and the internet promoting his screed of a book: The Holocaust Industry. Paul Bogdanor has a nice review of his book and I think it's important for all to understand what type of person Finkelstein really is:

Finkelstein calls the Holocaust an "ideological representation" whose "central dogmas serve significant political and class interests" (3). He argues that American Jews are the class enemy, ruthless collaborators with capitalism and imperialism, who use the memory of the gas chambers to oppress their victims. The result is a gruesome parody of ethnic self-hatred: "Lording it over those least able to defend themselves: that is the real content of organized American Jewry's reclaimed courage" (38). Furthermore: "By conferring total blamelessness on the Jews, the Holocaust dogma [sic] immunizes Israel and American Jewry from legitimate censure" (52). The Holocaust "dogma" must be overcome, so that the Jews can once again be "censured" with impunity. If Arab extremists wish to annihilate the Israelis, then the Israelis clearly deserve it. If black racists blame the Jews for their problems, then the Jews must be at fault. "Ever chastised, ever innocent," he sneers, "this is the burden of being a Jew" (53).

Finkelstein and Chomsky they make a perfect pair.