Outspoken academic Norman Finkelstein has stepped up his criticism of Israel in spite of being banned by the US freedom of speech system.
Finkelsteinâ€™s sharp criticism of the Zionist occupation of the native lands of the Palestinians has left him without tenure in the DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois despite his exemplary academic record.
Following the 27 December launch of Israelâ€™s Operation Cast Lead on Gaza, universities across America have come under increasing pressure to cancel Finkelsteinâ€™s fiery lectures on Tel Avivâ€™s war on Gaza.
The outspoken academic nevertheless continues to speak his mind on the latest Israeli military action against the Gaza Strip — which has left some 1,340 people dead and thousands of others hospitalized.
In a Thursday speech at the University of British Columbia in Canada, the American-Jewish political scientist took his criticism of the Israeli war on Gaza to a new level.
â€œAs Israel targeted schools, mosques, hospitals, ambulances, UN sanctuaries, as it flattened entire neighborhoods, as it slaughtered and incinerated Gazaâ€™s defenseless Gaza civilians, Israeli commentators gloated,â€ said Finkelstein.
â€œThe IDF — Israeli Defense Forces –, which planned to attack buildings and sites, did not warn them in advance to leave,â€ he continued.
Finkelstein was denied entry into the Israel and was later whisked away to a prison to be deported earlier in May for his criticism.
A son of Holocaust survivors, Finkelstein describes Israel as a â€œterrorist stateâ€ that was the spawn of the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in 1948.
â€œWhen you attack schools, mosques, ambulances, hospitals, UN relief organizations, what is that? If this is not terrorism, then what is terrorism?â€ explained the American academic in a recent interview.
After accusing many Zionist leaders of abusing the victims of the Holocaust in his book The Holocaust Industry, Finkelstein was immediately declared persona non grata by the Americaâ€™s influential Jewish lobby.