Why I digitally decapitated Norman Finkelstein on international TV

Why I digitally decapitated Norman Finkelstein on international TV

Norman Finkelstein has a decent claim to be regarded as the foremost Jewish antisemite in America and one of the most repulsive human beings on earth. His 2000 book, “The Holocaust Industry,” argued that the world Jewish community uses the murder of six million Jews to shake down governments like Germany and Switzerland for cash as well as to protect Israel from its repeated attempts at its genocide of the Palestinians.

Finkelstein believes that the principal reason for Israel’s existence is the murder of the entire Palestinian population. He first accused Israel of genocide in 1982, during the first Lebanon war. This would become a recurring theme, with him accusing Israel of attempted genocide in 2009, 2012, 2014, and now, of course, after October 7.

When I debated Finkelstein on Piers Morgan this week — a theme I shall return to and one which resulted in his much-deserved digital decapitation — I told him that we Jews seem to really suck at genocide. Having been engaged in its attempt, according to Finkelstein, for last 40 years, the Palestinian population in Gaza has grown by 1.5 million residents and in Judea and Samaria by at least one million. When Bashar Al Assad attempted his genocide of Arabs fighting his regime, he was able to efficiently murder some 600,000 Arabs in just three years, using bombs, mustard gas, and biological agents.

Like sports and public relations, clearly, we Jews must add genocide to the list of things at which we truly suck.

Finkelstein had no response.

But something he did have a response to was the savage murder of 1,200 people on October 7. Within hours of the first reports of the barbaric atrocities, Finkelstein actually penned these words: “It warms every fiber of my soul — the scenes of Gaza’s smiling children as their arrogant Jewish supremacist oppressors have, finally, been humbled. The stars above in heaven are looking kindly down. Glory, glory, hallelujah. The souls of Gaza go marching on!”

I’ve been in the business of defending Israel and fighting antisemites for more than three decades. These are easily the most vile, grotesque, and monstrous words I have ever seen written by a Jew. Period.

Between me and Piers Morgan, we challenged “Professor” Finkelstein on his vomit-inducing celebration of women being shot in the vagina, hundreds gang-raped, children beheaded, and whole families burned to death. Finkelstein’s response was that this was written early on October 7, when he thought that only 50 Jews had been murdered. Had he known that 1,200 had died, he might not use the same language today. When Piers Morgan challenged as to why, then, he had never removed the celebratory words, he said they were now part of the historical record, and a man like him never lies.


Now it was my turn.

“So, Professor Finkelstein. We’ve now established that the number of Jews that needs to die in order to provoke your ire is 51 or more. So when millions of people the world over marched after the murder of George Floyd, no doubt you refused to march because another 50 black men or women, at the very least, needed to die gruesomely before it could be condemned.

“Second, you now admit that amid your fabricated protestations that you are a real scholar and someone who values fact, you actually wrote about how the angels in heaven are singing about murdered Jews BEFORE YOU EVEN KNEW THE FACTS! A great historian like you decided to just blabber on how wonderful it was that Jewish women were found burned to death with their legs open, their underwear removed, and the legs spread apart, before you knew anything else about the attacks. And when you later discovered the full horrors of what happened, you REFUSED TO CORRECT YOUR CELEBRATORY PRONOUNCEMENT because your FALSE history was to be treated as fact.

“Third, and finally, you admit that Arab/Palestinian children being indoctrinated to hate Jews and celebrate their decapitation and incineration, just as you wrote: innocent Arab children were smiling as the Jews were exterminated. Sounds a lot like Hitler youth to me.”

Again, Finkelstein had no response. He blabbered on, as is his wont, in a coma-inducing monotone, trying his best, like a befuddled prize fighter, to run out the clock in the hope that the 60-minute show would end before the knockout punch.

But I wasn’t finished with this cretin yet.

Norman Finkelstein is to Hamas what Tucker Carlson is to Vladimir Putin, just infinitely more so. Not just a useful idiot, but someone who has become absolutely complicit in their crimes.

After 12 journalists were murdered in cold blood at the Charlie Hebdo massacres of January 2015, Finkelstein, the scholar who defends freedom of speech, actually said, “I have no sympathy for [the staff of Charlie Hebdo],” which is curious since they were mostly non-Jews and it usually is Jews whose death Finkelstein cheers. We’ll have to regard that remark as out of character.

Finkelstein, the Holocaust “scholar,” called universally reviled Holocaust denier David Irving “a very good historian.” Which is interesting. Because the only reason that Finkelstein gets away with constantly cheering the murder of Jews is because he always invoked his own family’s Holocaust history and talks about his parents, who are Holocaust survivors.

But if the Holocaust is a hoax, what then is Finkelstein hiding behind?

Indeed, Finkelstein actually believes that “Holocaust denial should be taught in university and preferably by a Holocaust denier” in order “to inoculate students” against it.

Aha. So, the best way to teach American high school students about slavery, Jim Crow, and segregation is to bring in David Duke as a professor to teach how Martin Luther King was a shakedown artist who tried to get American multinational corporations to fork up billions of dollars in reparations for fraudulent claims of American slavery that actually never happened. I mean, even Nikki Haley recently said that the Civil War was not fought over slavery, right?

Even Professor Peter Novick of Chicago, a renowned scholar of the Holocaust whom Finkelstein attributes as a source in his disgusting and revolting book “The Holocaust Industry,” said that Finkelstein’s work is garbage, or to be literal, “trash.”

Which all demands a simple question. Why on earth did I agree to debate this immoral moron on international TV? Why did I give him media oxygen? Why give a man who calls Israel an “insane state” a molecule of media oxygen? Why did I debate a miscreant who calls Israel “lunatic state,” “a vandal state,” and a state that “has come out of the boils of the [sic] hell, a satanic state”? Why would I share s stage with a man who said that he “believes Hezbollah has the right to target Israeli civilians if Israel persists in targeting civilians until Israel ceases its terrorist acts.”

Here is why.

There is a famous axiom in news that says that “Jews are news,” which explains why Israel, which is a tiny grain of sand on the earth’s surface, is on the front page of the New York Times nearly every day. My own corollary to that saying is this: “If Jews are news, then Jewish antisemites always get the brightest headlights.”

Other than George Washington, is there any American general more famous in the American Revolution than Benedict Arnold? Is there any American who never heard of Tokyo Rose during World War II?

Traitors in general, and Jewish traitors in particular, are huge news and will always be given massive platforms. And we therefore have to take them down.

Thirty years ago, I got to know Peter Beinart, who was a Rhodes scholar at Oxford. He came to Shabbat dinner at our events. While so many in his class went on to great heights — Cory Booker, my student president, became a senator, Noah Feldman wrote the Iraqi constitution, and Eric Garcetti became the mayor of Los Angeles — Beinart bobbed and weaved in academic irrelevance. That is, until he became a publicly self-hating Jew. As the foremost Jewish critic of Israel, who now actually has renounced his belief that there should be a Jewish state at all, the New York Times continues to publish his mediocre and boring drivel whereas they would once not touch him with a barge pole.

The same is true of Finkelstein, an academic joke with no tenure who made his name saying that Jews use the Holocaust to get cash.

It’s fairly easy to provide. In 2016 Finkelstein gave an interview where he said, “One BDS leader told Democracy Now!, ‘Why debate Finkelstein? He’s not important. We should debate important people.’ I used to give 40 talks a year. Now I give maybe four. I know the number because of those 1099 slips I have to submit to my accountant. Three years ago, before the BDS thing exploded, I gave him 40 slips. Last year I gave him four.’”

Get it? Finkelstein makes money off his hatred of Jews and Israel. And as he became more irrelevant — after all, how many times can you accuse Israel of genocide before it become repetitive and tiresome, and the media begins to roll its eyes? — he had to up the ante by becoming ever more extreme in his hatred of Jews until… October 7, where he actually posted “Glory Hallelujah” on his Substack as the body of Shani Louk, to whom I dedicated a Torah last week with her parents in attendance, was stripped naked and desecrated by hundreds of Hamas terrorists in Gaza City.

And that’s why we have to debate, digitally destroy, digitally decapitate, and digitally disembowel pathetic psychopaths like Norman Finkelstein and his ilk. Because the one thing we Jews have learned about our history is that THERE ISN’T A SINGLE LIE TOLD ABOUT THE JEWS THAT THE WORLD ISN’T PREPARED TO BELIEVE!

Two thousand years ago, the world said we murdered God.

Come again, the Jews did what? Murdered God? How can you possibly kill God? God is omnipotent and all-powerful. God is infinite. We Jews couldn’t even defeat the Romans. How in hell did we kill God? No one, we concluded, is going to believe.

Yet for two thousand years they murdered us for killing Jesus and billions of people believed it.

Then they came along and said, “You Jews are vampires. You drink Christian children’s blood. You mix it into your matzos.” We Jews thought what? Blood? Human sacrifice? For God’s sake. Our Torah doesn’t even allow us to eat an animal’s blood, let alone human. And we’re the first religion to ever outlaw human sacrifice, which was common throughout the ancient world. Nobody will believe it.

Yet the blood libel exists until today!

Not finished yet, the world said, “You Jews caused the Black Death, the bubonic plague, claiming one-third of the earth’s inhabitants by poisoning all the wells.”

Our response: You’re kidding, right? We drink the same water as you. There aren’t enough Jews in the world to poison all the wells. What the hell are you talking about?

But none of that stopped Europeans from massacring thousands upon thousands of Jews in pogroms over the Black Death.

And now here we are. Two thousand years later, with clownish academics and monotonous losers like Norman Finkelstein saying that Israel is Hitler and a gang of Nazis.

Yet we ignore dangerous, dangerous men like him at our own peril.

I took no joy in disgracing a fellow Jew on international TV as a farcical liar and ignoramus. But Never Again means Never Again.

Never Again will we be annihilated. Never Again will we be libeled. Never Again will we be homeless. And Never Again will we allow the sacred memory of the six million to be desecrated.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach of Englewood wrote “The Israel Warrior,” “Kosher Hate,” “The Fed-Up Man of Faith,” and “Wrestling with the Divine”; the last two deal with challenging God in the face of human suffering. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter @RabbiShmuley.

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