Professor Norman Finkelstein advises the Lebanese to wage war against Israel. His Lebanese interviewer demurs. But Professor F. has the solution for her country: “Israel has to suffer a defeat !” Hizbullah fights Israel, unlike so many other Arabs, so it, but not the other Lebanese, is following Professor F.’s advice. It, Hizbullah, but not the other Lebanese, deserves high grades from the Professor.
Professor Finkelstein’s argument for praising Hizbullah is one of analogy. He states that while he does not know much about the movement, he must nevertheless honor it for fighting Israel. Why ? Because when the Soviet Union (“no bed of roses,” according to Prof. F.) resisted the Nazis during the second World War, people honored it for resisting. So now, he argues, it is Hizbullah that resists, hence it must be honored. Those who resist must be honored. Q.E.D., as they say in these Professorial circles.
What about those who resisted the Soviets ? What about those who today resist the Syrians in Lebanon ? Let me attempt to formulate a Finkelsteinian answer to such quibbling (taken, in fact, from one of his speeches): “Drop dead !”
UPDATE April 2011:
Alan Dershowitz reports on new outrages: “Finkelstein advised his Palestinian admirers that terrorist groups like Hezbollah, and presumably Hamas and Islamic Jihad “has the right to target Israeli civilians…””
Sister Elaine Kelley
We live in a free country, and anyone is legally entitled to call himself a Rabbi, a “Reverend,” a priest, a minister. All such titles and degrees are available by mail order, for little money. But who needs to buy through the mails ? You want to be, say, a priest of the Very Catholic Diocese of Utopia, be my guest. Print your cards. On the computer.
All that is well known and generally discounted by the discerning public. So it should come as no surprise — but it did — that being a nun, sort of, is as easily accomplished.
Out in the state of Oregon, there is a support group for anti-Israel Palestinian Christians that calls itself Friends of Sabeel. What does Sabeel mean ? Well, never mind. But it so happens that when I wrote to this group to exchange some views regarding the legitimacy of Israel, the person charged with answering my mail was Sister Elaine Kelley, SFCC. What does SFCC mean ? “Sisters for Christian Community.” The Sabeel site tells us that Sr. Kelley is a Roman Catholic. But who or what is SFCC ? The Catholic Church does not recognize this group. It’s strictly a home-made, self-made ploy, well, to mislead. Two items in the New York Times (1, 2) tell much of the story. OK, nothing new in this. As ever, please, caveat emptor.
Addendum, February 23: The mainline Christian group Christians for Fair Witness on the Middle East has condemned Sabeel’s message as anti-Semitic.