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NORMAN FINKELSTEIN DENIED TENURE.. VICTIM OF ZIONISM

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(Ben Heine © Cartoons)


June 9, 2007


Palestinians are not the only victims of zionism.... Jews suffer as well. Jews who are not zionists, who oppose its policies are becomming victim to a McCarthyite purge. The diference today is that the forces behind the purge deny it as is the case with Dershowitz vs. Finkelstein. The loser? Not so much Finkelstein, but his students who will lose one of the most brilliant professors in the United States.

HERE
is a link to a PDF file from DePaul University.

The following is taken from The Chronicle of Higher Education. There are also interesting links in the original thread.

It's not too late to protest this decision...Read and sign THIS petition.

DePaul Rejects Tenure Bid by Finkelstein and Says Dershowitz Pressure Played No Role

Norman G. Finkelstein, the controversial political scientist who has been engaged in a highly public battle for tenure at DePaul University, learned today that he had lost that fight. In a written statement released to The Chronicle, the university confirmed that Mr. Finkelstein had been denied tenure.

Mr. Finkelsteinís department and a college-level personnel committee both voted in favor of tenure, but the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences wrote a memorandum against it, and the University Board on Promotion and Tenure voted against granting tenure. The final decision rested with the universityís president, the Rev. Dennis Holtschneider, who said in the statement that he had found "no compelling reasons to overturn" the tenure boardís recommendation.

"I played by the rules, and it plainly wasnít enough to overcome the political opposition to my speaking out on the Israel-Palestine conflict," Mr. Finkelstein said in an interview. "This decision is not going to deter me from making statements that, so far as I can tell from the judgment of experts in the field, are sound and factually based."

Mr. Finkelsteinís case has excited widespread interest, in part because of the involvement of Alan M. Dershowitz, a professor of law at Harvard University. The two scholars have sparred repeatedly in public. Last fall, Mr. Dershowitz sent members of DePaulís law and political-science faculties what he described as "a dossier of Norman Finkelsteinís most egregious academic sins, and especially his outright lies, misquotations, and distortions."

Informed of the news this evening, Mr. Dershowitz said, "It was the right decision, proving that DePaul University is indeed a first-rate university, not as Finkelstein characterized it, 'a third-rate university.í Based on objective standards of scholarship, this should not have even been a close case."

In the DePaul statement, Father Holtschneider decried the outside interest the case had generated. "This attention was unwelcome and inappropriate and had no impact on either the process or the outcome of this case." óJennifer Howard


:: Article nr. 33573 sent on 10-jun-2007 16:37 ECT

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