The Middle East Interest Group will be hosting scholar and author Norman Finkelstein on April 13, 2010 presenting commentary on the 2008-09 Israeli ‘Operation Cast Lead’ into the Gaza Strip titled, This Time We Went Too Far: Truth and Consequences of the Gaza Invasion in 2650 Humanities at 7:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public.
The child of two survivors of the Holocaust and deeply impacted by the attrocities that occur in war by his family’s experience, Finkelstein is an American political scientist who has devoted his life to studying the Arab-Israeli conflict. As a strong critic of Israel’s crimes against Palestinians, Finkelstein has been the target of attacks on his scholarship that culminated in 2007 with the denial of his tenure as a professor at DePaul University. Finkelstein earned Ph.D. in politics at Princeton University in 1982.
Hailed as a courageous scholar and truth teller by some and denounced as a Jewish “anti-Semite” by others, Norman Finkelstein is easily described as a polarizing figure who writes and speaks openly and often about his views regarding one of the world’s most debated conflicts. This internationally recognized Jewish-American scholar on the Israel-Palestine conflict will discuss his views and his latest book “This Time We Went Too Far: Truth and Consequences of the Gaza Invasion” in a public lecture in Humanities 2650.
The author of books such as “Image and Reality of the Isreal Palestien Conflict”, “The Holocaust Industry”, and his most recent “This Time We Went Too Far: Truth and Consequences of the Gaza Invasion”, Finkelstein is a Jewish voice seeking to add clarity to an often explosive debate and discusses numerous essential questions about the Israel-Palestine Conflict.
ALSO SPEAKING AND PERFORMING:
Lowkey, a British musician, poet, and plaiyright of British and Iraqi descent, and a passionate advocate for the victims of war around the world.
Their appearances are being sponsored by: The Center for Middle East Studies, Campus Antiwar Network, Madison Rafah Sister-City Project, The Havens Center, Student Labor Action Coalition, Wisconsin Union Directorate Society and Politics Committee, UW Center for Global Health, Rainbow Book Store Co-Operative, Haymarket Books, International Socialist Organization, Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice, The Nelson Institute, 89.9 WORT, Student Progressive Dane, Vets for Peace, and Muslim Students Association.