Monday, May 26, 2008

Perspectives of Finklestein's Deportation from Israel * From Iran: Israel deports Zionist critic Finkelstein The Zionist regime has deported Jewish-American academic Norman Finkelstein, the mass-selling Israeli Ha'aretz daily said. Finkelstein " is not permitted to enter Israel because of suspicions involving hostile elements in Lebanon," and because he " did not give a full accounting to interrogators with regard to these suspicions, an Israeli daily quoted the Shin Bet security organization as saying. * From Israel: Israel turns away academic Finkelstein ... The Israeli security source said interrogators were not persuaded that Finkelstein answered their questions fully. * From Palestine: Israeli authorities imprison, deport and ban Jewish professor from Israel ... He told the press, "I was kept in a holding cell at the airport for approximately 24 hours. It wasn't a Belgian bed-and-breakfast, but it wasn't Auschwitz either. I had several unpleasant moments with the guards at the airport and in the holding cell, but since martyrdom is not my cup of tea, I'll spare you the details." He insisted that he is “not an enemy of Israel”, and that Israel has absolutely no reason to exclude him from the country. Said Finkelstein friday, “Apart from my political views, and the supporting scholarship, there isn't much more to say for myself: alas, no suicide missions or secret rendezvous with terrorist organizations. I've always supported a two-state solution based on the 1967 borders." *

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