Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History / Edition 1

Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History / Edition 1

by Norman Finkelstein
     
 

In This Long-Awaited Sequel to his international bestseller The Holocaust Industry, Norman G. Finkelstein moves from an iconoclastic interrogation of the new anti-Semitism to a meticulously researched expose of the corruption of scholarship on the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Bringing to bear the latest findings and recasting the scholarly debate, Finkelstein points

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In This Long-Awaited Sequel to his international bestseller The Holocaust Industry, Norman G. Finkelstein moves from an iconoclastic interrogation of the new anti-Semitism to a meticulously researched expose of the corruption of scholarship on the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Bringing to bear the latest findings and recasting the scholarly debate, Finkelstein points to a consensus among historians and human rights organizations on the factual record. Why, then, does so much controversy swirl around the conflict? Finkelstein's answer, copiously documented, is that apologists for Israel contrive controversy. Whenever Israel comes under international pressure, another media campaign alleging a global outbreak of anti-Semitism is mounted.

Finkelstein also scrutinizes the spread of distortions masquerading as history. Recalling Joan Peters's book From Time Immemorial, published to great fanfare in 1984 but subsequently exposed as an academic hoax, he asks deeply troubling questions here about the periodic reappearance of spurious scholarship and the uncritical acclaim it receives. The most recent addition to this mendacious genre, Finkelstein argues, is Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz's bestseller The Case for Israel.

The core analysis of Beyond Chutzpah sets Dershowitz's assertions on Israel's human rights record against the findings of the mainstream human rights community. Sifting through thousands of pages of reports from Amnesty International, B'Tselem, Human Rights Watch, and others, Finkelstein presents the first accessible distillation of key human rights findings and demonstrates that Dershowitz has systematically misrepresented the facts.

Thoroughly researched and tightly argued, Beyond Chutzpah lifts the veil of contrived controversy shrouding the Israel-Palestine conflict, enabling readers in search of a just and lasting peace to act on the basis of truth.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520245983
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
08/28/2005
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
343
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

PART I. THE NOT-SO-NEW “NEW ANTI-SEMITISM”
1. From Jesus Christ Superstar to The Passion of the Christ
2. Israel: “The Jew of the World”
3. Exaggeration, Diversion, Spillover

PART II. THE GREATEST FRAUD EVER SOLD

Introduction
Trampling Rights: Preliminary Remarks
4. Casualties
5. Political Liquidations
6. Torture
7. Willful Destruction of Property
8. Economy
9. Supreme Court
10. Of Crimes and Misdemeanors
Trampling Rights: Concluding Remarks

Appendix I: History of the Israel-Palestine Conflict
Appendix II: Peace Process

Index

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