Friday, October 18, 2019

The Comical Decline of Norman Finkelstein

Hat tip Campus Watch

Norman Finkelstein

Cinnamon Stillwell has the latest report on discredited former professor Norman Finkelstein (He was fired years ago by DePaul University) and his recent speaking appearance at Princeton. As always, Finkelstein delivers when it comes to zany, oddball statements about Israel.

I should find it noteworthy that Princeton is Finkelstein's alma mater whether Princeton wants to own up to it or not. In fact, the last time I saw him speak at UC Irvine, in 2010, his sponsors at the Muslim Student Union were forced to advertise him as an "independent scholar with a PhD from Princeton". That's because he was unemployed! That appearance, by the way, could only be described as a total fiasco since he was humiliated and exposed as the fraud he is. I was there and can attest.

That was only the second time I have caught his circus act. The first time was in 2009 when he appeared on a day long panel of other oddballs at an event at UCI called, "Whither the Levant". As always, he put on a  great show which you can read about here.

The last time I saw him was 2013 at Southern California's Cerritos Community College, where he raised a few eyebrows even among his supporters by calling then-President Obama "a murderer".

In between, it's been a sad odyssey for Norm as he has drifted from teaching gigs in Turkey to speaking gigs at various college campuses and most recently teaching a course at the Brooklyn City Library (probably on card cataloging or the mysteries of the ISBN system). Some people have tried to put him on TV debates, but he usually winds up blowing his stack and stalking off the stage when contradicted by his better-informed adversaries. Where Norm (he doesn't like being called Norm) is in his wheelhouse is on some college campus dressing down some young Jewish student trying to defend Israel. In short, he is a bully, but like most bullies, he can't take it when somebody gets the better of him, which most people over the age of 23 can easily do whether they have a PhD, masters, bachelors, or GED.

So if you are ever in Brooklyn (for some strange reason) drop on by the library and check him out. He's probably in the basement. He might even invite you over for a cup of coffee since he lives in the neighborhood. Just don't call him Norm.

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