Voices of the Middle East and North Africa

Voices of the Middle East and North Africa – October 12, 2005

Tonight we will have a discussion with Professor Norman Finkelstein about his latest, groundbreaking book, Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History. Professor Finklestein is a well-known historian who teaches Political Science at De Paul University in Chicago. His books include The Holocaust Industry, A Nation on Trial, and Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict. www.normanfinkelstein.com. Uncompromising in his methodical truth-telling approach, Professor Finkelstein exposes a number of sensitive truths and taboos from which much of the left still shies away to this day, such as, for example, how class dynamics within the American Jewish community directly affect the struggle for peace and justice in Palestine. His detailed and unflinching critique of the abuse of the term of New Anti-Semitism helps deflate a boogeyman fabricated and manipulated by Israel apologists, opening up, by the same token, a proverbial can of worms from which many of his fellow left thinkers have long run away and abdicated their responsibility. Don’t miss this interview! During the program, we will also listen to selections from The wall by Palestinian oud player Wasim Qassis. The selections include the sound tracks of the films The Last Moon, Women in Struggle and The Stolen Youth.

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