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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2006 5:31 am 
On July 4, Amazon spammed its customers with advertisement of Norman Finkelstein's virulently anti-Semitic book, Image and Reality of the Israeli-Palestine Conflict. On May 30, Amazon similarly advertised Beyond Chutzpah: on the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History. I have never received any other ad from Amazon.

On April 4, in an unprecedented move, Amazon deleted all reviews of Obadiah Shoher's Samson Blinded: A Machiavellian Perspective on the Middle East Conflict. A few days later, Amazon forced its subsidiary Booksurge to terminate publishing contract with Shoher whose book is now available for download from www.samsonblinded.info . Google earlier banned advertising of the Samson Blinded for "unacceptable content." Shoher, indeed, is pro-Israeli, yet realistic and critical of Israeli policies.

Obadiah Shoher, an anonymous politician, abandons myths and moralizing in favor of realpolitik. He argues for raw efficiency of antiterrorist operations and shedding liberal idealism. Shoher asks inconvenient questions and gives honest answers. Amazon does not like that. Anti-Semitic lampoons by Norman Finkelstein are more to Amazon's taste.


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sheila19625 wrote:
On July 4, Amazon spammed its customers with advertisement of Norman Finkelstein's virulently anti-Semitic book, Image and Reality of the Israeli-Palestine Conflict. On May 30, Amazon similarly advertised Beyond Chutzpah: on the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History. I have never received any other ad from Amazon.


Since Finkelstein is jewish, and he doesn't disown his Judaism, his mother is a holocaust survivor, I'd be interested in hearing exactly how he could be called anti-semitic. His books are certainly critical of Israel, but does criticism of Israel equal anti-semitism? Or to put it another way, is there any non-anti-semitic way of being critical of Israel?

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Since this is political in nature (and isn't too blag-related), I'm moving it to Politics.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2006 11:58 pm 
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sheila19625 wrote:
On July 4, Amazon spammed its customers with advertisement of Norman Finkelstein's virulently anti-Semitic book, Image and Reality of the Israeli-Palestine Conflict. On May 30, Amazon similarly advertised Beyond Chutzpah: on the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History. I have never received any other ad from Amazon.


Since Finkelstein is jewish, and he doesn't disown his Judaism, his mother is a holocaust survivor, I'd be interested in hearing exactly how he could be called anti-semitic. His books are certainly critical of Israel, but does criticism of Israel equal anti-semitism? Or to put it another way, is there any non-anti-semitic way of being critical of Israel?



Not to agree or disagree with any of this but, as a demorcratic nation, Israel tecnhicalyl should not have anything to do with any religon. Thus being critical of Israel cannot be anti-semtic. I belive a little critsism is a good thing, it keeps us from going back to the days of absolute monarchs.


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