His own worst enemy

Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History
By Norman G. Finkelstein
University of California Press
343pp., $22.50

Norman Finkelstein is the academic equivalent of a street fighter. An anti-Zionist crusader who’s also the child of Holocaust survivors, he regularly likens Jewish officials to anti-Semitic stereotypes, and has called Elie Wiesel the “resident clown” of the Holocaust “circus.” He’s a far left academic with a strong support base among the Holocaust-denying right, a man who one Jewish intellectual has described as “poison… a disgusting, self-hating Jew… something you find under a rock.”

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