Norman Finkelstein Faces Alan Dershowitz - Foregone Conclusion?
He is being accused by the rabid Alan Dershowitz and others of not being a good zionist. The tyranny of the Dershowitz's of the world should not be allowed to cow academic institutions (US politicians are quite enough thank you!) and stymie freedom of expression and honest discussion. More importantly, the tenure process in any institution cannot be held hostage to such tactics.... In an institution of higher education, scholarship and not partisanship or propaganda should be the measure.
You can find a list of Dr. Finkelstein's works at his website.
Below is the letter, and here is where the petition is if you want to sign!
To: DePaul University
To: Dennis H. Holtschneider, President, DePaul University Helmut P. Epp, Provost, DePaul University and the Trustees, Deans, Faculty and Students of DePaul University
We are deeply concerned about reports of outside interference into the tenure and promotion case of Dr. Norman Finkelstein, and that as a result he may not be awarded tenure from DePaul University.
One such report is: Harvard Law Professor Works to Disrupt Tenure Bid of Longtime Nemesis at DePaul U. By Jennifer Howard, The Chronicle of Higher Education April 5, 2007 http://chronicle.com/temp/email2.php?id=g4gfPKPrmfSXvwhvXzRPxd2Msdzzgrpm
We value Dr. Finkelstein's scholarship, his public talks and debates, and his well-argued, fact-based critiques of issues relating to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In our opinion, his association with DePaul University has enhanced DePaul University's reputation. We understand his department has recommended tenure. We will be troubled if Dr. Finkelstein is denied tenure and will be concerned about the integrity of the tenure process at DePaul University.
We support a fair tenure process for Dr. Finkelstein.
If you are interested in signing an online petition in support of Dr. Norman Finkelstein, please click here!