Dr Finkelstein is considered a “security” risk by Israel. Apparently a nation that has both atomic and thermonuclear weapons of mass destruction cannot survive a briefÂ transit visit to the occupied territories–that are otherwise blockaded by Israel–from an American scholar with a United States passport. This report stating he was construed as a “security” risk is risible and removes the masque of Israel’s commitment to free speech and expression. That’s not what freedom is! That’s notÂ what free speech is! That’s what dissent is! That’s why Jews and other minoritiesÂ were persecutedÂ in partÂ during the late war with book burnings and mass deportations. The power of the idea and the right to express it should include criticism of those in power and authority.
Jerusalem – The US political author and critic of Israel Norman Finkelstein was denied entry to the Jewish state on Friday, his lawyer said.
Finkelstein landed at Ben Gurion international airport near Tel Aviv in the early morning and was told by a representative of the ministry of interior that he would not be allowed into the country on ‘security’ grounds, attorney Michael Sfard told dpa.
‘This usually means a 10-year ban on entry,’ Sfard added.
Finkelstein, who is Jewish and the son of Holocaust survivors, has written critical books on Israeli policies in the Palestinian territories and on what he called ‘exploitation’ of the Jewish tragedy during World War II.
Finkelstein has [been]Â received with the fierce disapproval of some authors and academics, while others have praised his controversial works.