Dr. Norman Finkelstein is an academic and lecturer who famously coined the term "Holocaust Industry." Dr. Finkelstein is planning a talk in Washington March 12. This will be just shortly after the 5 day American Israel Political Affairs Committee (AIPAC) gala currently going on that <a href="http://thegoldwater.com/news/19910-Israel-Prime-Minister-Netanyahu-Meets-Trump-And-AIPAC-Amidst-Storms-Brewing-Back-Home">Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is attending</a>. Dr. Finkelstein received his doctorate from Princeton's Department of Politics and his works are published in fifty languages.
No stranger to controversy, Dr. Finkelstein taught at NYU and DePaul universities before being denied tenure after a <a href="http://normanfinkelstein.com/2003/02/08/alan-dershowitz-exposed-what-if-a-harvard-student-did-this/">feud with Alan Dershowitz</a>, accusing the lawyer, author and Zionist stalwart of plagiarism. Due to his outspoken views on Israeli apartheid and his pro-Palestinian stance, he was banned from Israel for 10 years. Books like The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering and Knowing Too Much: Why the American Jewish Romance with Israel is Coming to an End gained wide exposure and notoriety (even infamy in certain circles). The speech in Washington will be related to his latest book Gaza: an Inquest into Its Martyrdom.
Dr. Finkelstein will be speaking about the siege on the Gaza Strip, one of the most densely populated areas in the world. Over two-thirds of the inhabitants of the Gaza strip are refugees with over half of them being under the age of eighteen. Israel's apartheid policies, illegal settlements and blockades, have resulted in a crisis in the area for the Palestinian people and others in the region who are literally blocked in. Israel justifies their treatment of Gazans as "self-defense" despite the numbers. 1,500 Palestinian civilian casualties in 2015 along <a href="https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2015/country-chapters/israel/palestine">according to Human Rights Watch</a> contrasted with 3,791 total Israeli casualties from the entire period of 1948 to 2014 <a href="http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/total-casualties-arab-israeli-conflict">according to the Jewish Virtual Encyclopedia</a>.