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GAZA: An Inquest Into Its Martyrdom
Date Thursday March 29
Time 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location Details
First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley
Event Type Speaker
Organizer/Authorbob baldock
"No scholar has done more to shed light on Israel's ruthless treatment of the Palestinians than Norman Finkelstein. In "Gaza" he meticulously details Israel's massacres of the Palestinians...while demolishing the myths Israel and its supporters
have invented to disguise these shocking events."—John Mearsheimer, Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago

"This is the voice I listen for when I want to learn the deepest reality about Jews, Israelis, and Palestinians...There is no one like him today, but in my bones I know this incredible warrior for Humanity and Justice is an archetype that has always been."
—Alice Walker

Single ticket: $12


The Gaza Strip is among the most densely populated places in the world. More than two-thirds of its inhabitants are refugees, more than half are under eighteen years of age. Since 2004, Israel has launched eight devastating “operations” against Gaza’s largely defenseless population. Thousands have perished. Tens of thousands have been left homeless. Throughout all of this, Israel has subjected Gaza to a merciless illegal blockade.

Gaza has undergone a manmade humanitarian disaster.

Based on scores of human rights reports, Norman G. Finkelstein’s new book presents a meticulously researched inquest into Gaza’s martyrdom. He shows that although Israel has tried to justify its assaults in the name of self-defense, in fact Israel’s actions constitute flagrant violations of inter-national law. Finkelstein also documents that the guardians of international law—from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to the UN Human Rights Council—ultimately failed Gaza. One of his most disturbing conclusions is that, after Judge Richard Goldstone’s humiliating retraction of his UN report, human rights organizations succumbed to the Israeli juggernaut. Finkelstein’s magnum opus is both a monument to Gaza’s martyrs and an act of resistance against the forgetfulness of history.

“No scholar has done more to shed light on Israel’s ruthless treatment of the Palestinians than Norman Finkelstein. In Gaza, he meticulously details Israel’s massacres… while demolishing the myths Israel and its supporters have invented to disguise these shocking events.”

— John J. Mearsheimer, Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago

Norman Finkelstein has the moral gravity of an Old Testament prophet, the scrupulous attention to detail of a Talmudic scholar, and the mordant sense of humor of a Yiddish novelist. All these attributes are on display in Gaza: An Inquest into its Martyrdom, an indictment of Israel’s crimes in the overcrowded Palestinian territory from 2008 up to the present.

Finkelstein has been at the top of Hasbara Central’s Enemies’ List for more than 3 decades. Over the years, the pro-Israel forces have slandered him, tried to deprive him of his teaching career, and even sought to prevent him from publishing. … The hasbarists will certainly try to discredit his new book on Gaza. They should be daunted by the fact that he has never once been successfully challenged on matters of fact and hard evidence. Never once.
Added to the calendar on Saturday Feb 17th, 2018 9:38 AM