American Jewish academic and author Norman Finkelstein has thrown his support behind member of his tribe, the Democrat presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, a con Zionist Jew. Readers don’t have to take my word. Anti-Hamas Rabbi Michael Lerner claimed Bernie Sander to be Israel’s best friend on May 26, 2016.
Finkelstein is also openly anti-DBS movement even though the movement defends the Zionist Entity.
On May 22-24, Dr. Finkelstein and Pakistan-born British author and film producer Tariq Ali, discussed several topics related to Israel and Palestine (watch video below). The discussion was moderated by Paul Jay of The Real News Network.
On April 27, Finkelstein was interviewed by Phillip Weiss and Scott Roth, publisher of Mondowiess news website. He told the fellow Jews that Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian people living in the West Bank have said little to defend Gaza solely because they have sold out to Israeli and Western interests in exchange for financial security misses three additional factors. He also asserted that there was never any real threat to Israelis from Hamas misguided rockets during the summer of 2014 while Israel was destroying Gaza.
“On the Palestinian front, the salient development has been the successful conversion of the West Bank into a mini-Jordan. The Israelis made a calculation in 1993. Why can’t we create a little Jordan in the occupied Palestinian territories? We’ll just pay off enough VIPs in the PLO, and the US or Jordan will train the security services. The PLO will then do all the torture, they’ll do all the dirty work, and we’ll be relieved of the two biggest headaches inflicted on us by the first intifada: the public relations catastrophe, caused by media images of soldiers with Uzis beating children with stones, and the burden of having to mobilise the reserves to suppress a mass uprising,” Finkelstein said.
“The Oslo accord was designed to rid Israel of these two headaches. Number one, we’ll let Palestinians do all the dirty work. These liberals and human rights groups won’t be on our backs anymore because we won’t be doing the torture. It worked. I can’t think of a single report in the past decade by a major human rights organization, such as Amnesty International or Human Rights Watch (HRW), on the West Bank. Occasionally, local Israeli and Palestinian human rights organizations issue reports. But, however valuable, they’re not high-profile; they don’t garner media attention. It’s Arabs torturing Arabs, so who cares? And now, when there’s an Israeli massacre in Gaza, the PA represses demonstrations in the West Bank, so far fewer Israeli soldiers are required, and they don’t need to call up the reservists. The PA protects Israel’s rear. It’s the same right now with the so-called third intifada. It’s the PA that’s repressing the rebellion at Israel’s bidding,” Finkelstein added.
When asked about Bernie Sanders’s views on Israel/Palestine conflict, Finkelstein admitted: “They make me cringe.” He said, however, the Muslim support for Jewish politician like Bernie Sanders puzzled him.
“Ask yourself, would American Jews in their majority vote for a Muslim? Never. Impossible. But Muslim Americans are rallying behind Sanders, even as he supports recognition of Israel and its right to live in peace. Why? Because he comes across as a fair and decent guy. That’s so moving, so wonderful, so inspiring. It gives hope that a better world is possible,” Finkelstein said.