Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History

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University of California Press, Jun 2, 2008 - History - 488 pages
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"A very solid, important, and highly informative book. Norman Finkelstein provides extensive details and analysis, with considerable historical depth and expert research, of a very wide range of issues concerning Israel, the Palestinians, and the U.S."—Noam Chomsky, author of Hegemony or Survival

"The most comprehensive, systematic, and well-documented work of its kind. It is one of the harshest—rational and nonemotional—texts about the daily practices of the occupation and colonization of the Palestinian territories by Israel, and it is an excellent demonstration of how and why the blind defenders of Israel, by basing their arguments on false facts and figures, actually bring more damage than gains to their cause."—Baruch Kimmerling, George S. Wise Professor of Sociology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

"A brave and daring challenge, meticulously researched. Must reading for anyone committed to a just and enduring peace in the Middle East."—Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!

Beyond Chutzpah is a brilliantly illuminating study of the lengths to which some American Jews will go to present Israel in a favorable light. On display are all the sterling qualities for which Finkelstein has become famous: erudition, originality, spark, meticulous attention to detail, intellectual integrity, courage, and formidable forensic skills.”—Avi Shlaim, Professor of International Relations, Oxford University

“The scholarship is simply superb. Finkelstein has clearly done his homework, and consulted and mastered a breathtaking range of material: primary sources and documents, scholarly works, reports old and new, correspondence with relevant individuals, and numerous other sources too. He has left no stone unturned.”—Mouin Rabbani, Contributing Editor, Middle East Report
 

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Professor Finkelstein starts his book with the assertion the that while the basic facts and causes of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict have been pretty conclusively established by historians, they are ... Read full review

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This book has two main themes: the "new anti-semitism" and the poor Israel human rights record. What unites both is an utterly devastating rebutal of the book The Case for Israel by the Harvard Law ... Read full review

Contents

PART
xi
THE NOTSONEW NEW ANTISEMITISM
19
2
32
3
66
THE GREATEST TALE EVER SOLD
87
Three in the Back of the Head
131
Return of the Vandals
168
Blight unto the Nations
190
Conclusion
221
Reconciling Irreconcilables
227
Of Crimes
273
History of
299
Peace Process
323
Dershowitz v Finkelstein
363
Index
395
Copyright

High Court Takes the Low Road
207

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About the author (2008)

Norman G. Finkelstein is currently an independent scholar. For many years he taught political theory and the Israel-Palestine conflict. His books include The Holocaust Industry (2000); A Nation on Trial (1998; with Ruth Bettina Birn), named a notable book for 1998 by the New York Times Sunday Book Review; and Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict (1995).

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