So says this article about a book soon to be published by University of California Press. The book, "'Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History," by anti-Semitic hack Norman G. Finkelstein, contained charges that Dershowitz did not write "The Case for Israel," and plagiarized work from others.
It should be published. Let it be devastated in the marketplace, but I don't think a university press should be publishing this kind of garbage. Harvard University Press would never publish trash like that.UC Press got to gittin' and eliminated the objectionable passages. Harvard University conducted its own probe into the accusations of plagiarism and found no evidence to support the claim. Finkelstein, who teaches at DePaul University in Chicago, had writtenin an e-mail to Harvard Law School Dean Elena Kagan last year that his book would document that Dershowitz plagiarized ''The Case for Israel," and that Dershowitz ''almost certainly didn't write the book, and perhaps didn't even read it prior to publication."
The First Amendment protects mistakes that are inadvertent, but it doesn't prevent willful lies.
I told the UC press, 'If you say I didn't write the book or plagiarized it, I will own your company.
Finkelstein had best watch himself. Alan Dershowitz is not the guy to piss off in academic circles, politcal circles nor legal circles.
Finkelstein is the son of holocaust survivors who wrote a book titled "The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering," which argues that American Jews exploit the Holocaust. The New York Times ripped that book, calling it, "a novel variation on the anti-Semitic forgery, 'The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,' which warned of a Jewish conspiracy to take over the world."
By the way Noam Chomsky calls Finkelstein's "Chutzpah", "a very solid, important, and highly informative book." Which guarantees that it is tripe.
Hello Roger Simon readers. Roger makes a point in his post that I failed to raise. Self hatred by Finkelstein. It is difficult to understand how the son of Holocaust survivors could write such anti-Semitic stuff. I hate myself sometimes, too, but I try to contain it to I, me, or my and not "them" and "they".