Norman Finkelstein in Coney Island: ‘It’s Like Death’

New York magazine catches up with anti-Israel polemicist and now ex-academic Norman Finkelstein. Having been given the boot by DePaul University, it turns out he’s now living in Coney Island!

Ben Harris reports for New York Magazine:

It’s tempting to feel sorry for Finkelstein. But then one remembers all his overheated rhetoric and vitriol — sometimes delivered before audiences that have been all too welcoming to outright antisemites.

True, critics of Israel often face outcries from elements of the Jewish community disproportionate to the offenses they have given. I’d include here Jimmy Carter, Tony Judt and, yes, even Walt and Mearsheimer (all of whom have, indeed, given plenty of cause for offense). Finkelstein, however, is in a different league. If the Israel debate is ugly, he’s done his part to help make it so.

In any case, if Finkelstein is feeling lonely, since his buddy Noam Chomsky is way up in Boston, maybe he can make friends with this guy.

UPDATE: For a nice taste of Finkelstein’s rhetoric, check out the following video of him speaking at a rally during Israel’s 2006 war with Hezbollah. In it, Finkelstein explicitly compares Israeli actions in Lebanon to those of the Nazis and declares, “Right now, we are all Hezbollah.” He says other cute things, too. Watch the video:

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