Notorious Israel and America hater Norman Finkelstein has an interesting speaking engagement planned for March:
Date: March 15, 2011
Place: Cabot Auditorium, Fletcher School, Tufts University
Time: 7 PM
Sponsors, Tufts SJP, New Initiatives for Middle East Peace (NIMEP), Tufts Arab Students Association, Tufts J Street
Contact: Jack.Irmas@Tufts.edu; (310) 701-7705
This would come as no surprise as Tufts' Jewish pro-Israel stance has a checkered past. Current J Street spokesperson Amy Spitalnick is a Tufts alum and was seen protesting Daniel Pipes as a student.
For those who need a reminder of the sort of creature Norman Finkelstein, let us recall the spectacle of him virtually on his knees begging Hizballah to go to war against Israel.
If true, this would be one of J Street's most odious associations to date, and that's really saying something.
J Street national must be flipping, Here's Spitalnick on twitter:
Tufts J Street U's name used w/o knowledge or permission. Not involved w Finkelstein event, asking for name to be removed.
So the questions: Did Finkelstein make it up? Did a J Street U'er at Tufts give the go ahead and is now getting a lecture from his betters? What gives? Expect a story of interesting implications however it shakes out.