Truth to power. A kind of truth to power. Neo-Nazi? Patriot? Freedom fighter? Misguided genius? Eccentric gadfly and publicity hound? Clearly inscrutable, but all part of the mystery of radical Jewish culture, the people, the remnant of the remnant as Benzion Netanyahu described them, who are intrinsically not able to be normalized. Netanyahu also called jewish existence a series of catastrophes, of which the holocaust was only differentiated by the scale and thoroughness, but it is that particular tragedy and its relationship to political Zionism that has fixated Norman Finkelstein for over thirty years now.
Perhaps the key is having his own parents subjected to the victimhood of the Shoah. It appears from the studies that the inter-generational transmission of trauma is so strong that Holocaust-related influences can permeate the psyche of their offspring down to even the third generation.In the context of children of Holocaust survivors, the background narrative tends to be a repressed mystery or an endless stream of traumatic information. Still waters running deep or the wake of the flood; the children being emotionally vampired to lethargy or simply overwhelmed in an emotional minefield. They absorb a wide panoply of emotional repercussions native to their parents trauma.
How this is played out appears to extend to identification with Israel or engagement with Jewish culture extending to religious observance and institutional involvement, or in the case of Finkelstein an intense but scattershot volley of explosive emotions against judaism, the victims, and on more credible grounds, the institutional complicity with reparations and restitution, which has led inevitably down a slippery slope to being hered into the same pen as the David Irving’s, Zizek’s, Israel Shamir’s, Galloway’s and others who intentionally or inadvertently form a nucleus of nihilism that is destructive to coherent dialog and conflict resolution. In some respects, their ideology with surprisingly broad limits, sanctifies the ideology of Israel’s ruling class through a belittling of the interests and opinions of a significant sector of the population that is in opposition to them, except of course when they go too far…
It seems that lately, Finkelstein has pulled himself back from the precipice, something like an alcoholic who finally slay his demons. What is apparent through Finkelstein’s ramblings, or at least can be teased out of them is that any threat to an exclusive right of the secular establishment in Israel to rule is construed as a threat to the state itself. Therefore, it is in the interest of the ruling class that an accommodationist ideology be abetted through the likes of the radical left; which gives these accommodated people a sense of inclusion while marginalizing them and augmenting their sense of inferiority. It can be seen that these activists are given the “right” to preside over secular ceremonial matters of an intellectual stature, while important decisions are made elsewhere.
In recent months DePaul University has become something of an international laughingstock. While retaining neo-Nazi Norman Finkelstein on its faculty, a person with no scholarly credentials at all and someone who has been accused by the Anti-Defamation League of being a Holocaust Denier, DePaul also fired Prof. Thomas Klocek because he dared to defend Israel to some fanatic campus jihadnik students. Among those who have denounced DePaul’s neo-Nazi has been Alan Dershowitz….