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Norman G. Finkelstein


Has Amnesty International Lost Its Way? A Forensic Analysis of Amnesty’s Reports on Operation Protective Edge (Part 3)

Hamas War Crimes and Violations of International Law The allegation that not just Israel but Hamas as well committed massive war crimes underpins Amnesty’s “balanced” indictment of both sides.  Amnesty’s accusations that Hamas was guilty of  “flagrant violations of international law”—that is, war crimes—fall under two heads: (1) its use of inherently indiscriminate weapons, and (2) its indiscriminate or deliberate targeting of Israeli civilians and civilian ...

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Has Amnesty International Lost Its Way? A Forensic Analysis of Amnesty’s Reports on Operation Protective Edge (Part 2)

Evidentiary Bias Amnesty’s citation of official Israeli sources produces skewed results that validate Israeli propaganda at Hamas’s expense.  In some instances more credible contrary evidence is simply ignored.  In its hyperbolic inventory of Hamas’s arsenal, Amnesty quotes the Israeli allegation that it intercepted a vessel carrying Iranian rockets “bound for Gaza.”  It omits the widely reported finding of a UN expert panel that the weapons were bound not ...

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Has Amnesty International Lost Its Way? A Forensic Analysis of Amnesty’s Reports on Operation Protective Edge (Part 1)

[Amnesty International Logo.]

Amnesty International is among the premier human rights organizations in the world.  Its pronouncements shape public opinion, while councils of state feel obliged if not to heed them at any rate to respond.  A movement for justice aspiring to reach a broad public and inflect state policy can ill afford to ignore Amnesty if and when it goes astray.  It is the contention of this monograph that Amnesty has indeed lost its way, and it is the intention of this ...

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HRW Whitewashes Israel, The Law Supports Hamas: Some Reflections on Israel’s Latest Massacre

[Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, speaking at the Münich Security Conference in 2012.]

 [The analysis and data in this article refer to the period prior to the Israeli ground invasion.] On 7 July 2014, Israel unleashed Operation Protective Edge against Gaza. When it launched a ground invasion on 18 July 2014, Israel had already killed 230 Gazan Palestinians, of whom seventy-five percent (171) were civilians and twenty percent (forty-eight) children, wounded more than 1,700, and destroyed or rendered uninhabitable hundreds of homes leaving more ...

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Quick Thoughts: Norman Finkelstein on 'The ADL Global 100: An Index of Anti-Semitism'

[On 13 May 2014, the Anti-Defamation League released The ADL Global 100: An Index of Anti-Semitism, a survey of 53,100 adults in 102 countries and territories. According to the ADL: "The survey found that anti-Semitic attitudes are persistent and pervasive around the world. More than one-in-four adults, 26 percent of those surveyed, are deeply infected with anti-Semitic attitudes. This figure represents an estimated 1.09 billion people around the world." The ...

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New Texts Out Now: Norman Finkelstein, Knowing Too Much

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Norman G. Finkelstein, Knowing Too Much: Why the American Jewish Romance with Israel Is Coming to an End. New York: OR Books, 2012. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Norman Finkelstein (NF): I have been active on the Israel-Palestine conflict for the past three decades. I first got involved on 6 June 1982 when Israel invaded Lebanon. Although I was almost never allowed to teach the Israel-Palestine conflict (I mostly taught political theory), my research and ...

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Norman G. Finkelstein


Norman G. Finkelstein received his doctorate in 1988 from the Department of Politics at Princeton University. For many years he taught political theory and the Israel-Palestine conflict. Finkelstein is the author of nine books, which have been translated into more than forty foreign editions: Old Wine, Broken Bottole: Ari Shavit's Promised Land (OR Books, 2014), Knowing Too Much: Why the American Jewish Romance with Israel Is Coming to an End (OR Books, 2012); What Gandhi Says: About Nonviolence, Resistance and Courage (OR Books, 2012); This Time We Went Too Far: Truth and Consequences of the Gaza Invasion (OR Books, 2010, expanded paperback edition, 2011); Goldstone Recants: Richard Goldstone Renews Israel’s License to Kill (OR Books, 2011); Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History (University of California Press, 2005, expanded paperback edition, 2008); The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering (Verso, 2000, expanded paperback edition, 2003); Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict (Verso, 1995, expanded paperback edition, 2003); with Ruth Bettina Birn, A Nation on Trial: The Goldhagen Thesis and Historical Truth (Henry Holt, 1998); and The Rise and Fall of Palestine: A Personal Account of the Intifada Years (University of Minnesota, 1996).