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Saturday, January 26, 2008

Marathon Pundit brings news of a gathering of the persecuted at DePaul University (former digs of Norman Finkelstein): Ignorance is strength: Free speech at DePaul University. It'll be an all-star lineup of poor, persecuted wretches (thanks to MP for many of the links):

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Sara Roy ('Gone native' in Gaza with Hamas)
As'ad Abukhalil (the 'Angry Arab!')
Bill Ayers (former Weather Underground leader)
Ken Butigan (Apparently boring)
Juan Cole (You know who)
Marc Ellis (on the board of both the anti-Semitic Deir Yassin Remembered and Tikkun. Exploring a Jewish version of Liberation Theology. 'nuff said)
Scott Hibbard (Who?)
Robert Jensen ("God condemn America, so the world might live.")
Joel Kovel (Zionism? He's so over it.)
Marcy Newman ('Former Jew' winging in from Lebanon. Captain Underpants!)
Peter Novick (Finkelstein defender)

Quite an invitation list! What's the matter? Wasn't Arthur Butz available? And, more seriously, what about DePaul's own Thomas Klocek? Marathon Pundit notes that it is, in fact, DePaul itself that booted its only conservative member of its "Free Speech and Expression Task Force." Seriously. (Much more on that at MP.)

Enjoy the show. Be sure to pick up a program on the way in.

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"Captain Underpants." I love it!

Look at it this way: Pro-Zionism isn't fashionable, and it's sad that there aren't more supporters of Israel. But at least the pro-Zionist cause is being spared the nuts and space cadets that the other side is attracting.

Excuse me, but where did you get that Peter Novick was Finkelstein defender? The link you supply goes to an empty page.

Here is a quote from Peter Novick: "many of [Finkelstein's] assertions are pure invention. ... No facts alleged by Finkelstein should be assumed to be really facts, no quotation in his book should be assumed to be accurate, without taking the time to carefully compare his claims with the sources he cites"

Wikipedia too describes Novick as a fierce critic of Finkelstein.

Novick has indeed been a harsh critic of Finkelstein "...declaring that many of the assertions in Finkelstein's The Holocaust Industry are "pure invention" and calling the book "a twenty-first century updating of 'The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.'"..." http://www.campus-watch.org/article/id/3298 But he did object to "outside influence" on Finkelstein's tenure process and became an equally harsh critic of Dershowitz and a defender of Finkelstein's continued emplyment in the academy: "..."On balance," Novick continues, "would it be a good thing if he had a job? Yes. The idea of this guy in his 50s who has done this all his life now being cut off at the knees is sad."..." http://www.campus-watch.org/article/id/5331

"Syme: It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words. You wouldn't have seen the [Newspeak] Dictionary 10th edition, would you Smith? It's that thick. [illustrates thickness with fingers] The 11th Edition will be that [narrows fingers] thick. Winston Smith: So, The Revolution will be complete when the language is perfect? Syme: The secret is to move from translation, to direct thought, to automatic response. No need for self-discipline. Language coming from here [the larynx], not from here [the brain]" -1984 (film)


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