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City Club of Cleveland - Norman G. Finkelstein, Author
Norman G. Finkelstein is an American political scientist and author whose primary fields of research are the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the politics of the Holocaust. A graduate of SUNY Binghampton, he received his doctorate in political science from Princeton University. He has held faculty positions at Brooklyn College, Rutgers University, Hunter College, New York University, and, most recently, DePaul University, where he was an assistant professor from 2001-2007.

Amidst considerable public debate, Finkelstein was denied tenure at DePaul in June 2007 and placed on administrative leave for the 2007-2008 academic year.

On May 23, 2008, Finkelstein was denied entry to Israel because, according to unnamed Israeli security officials, of suspicions that "he had contact with elecements "hostile to Israel." Officials said that the decision to deport Finkelstein was connected to his anti-Zionist opinions and criticism of Israel. He was banned from entering Israel for 10 years.

Finkelstein is the author of five books which have been translated into more than 40 foreign editions. He has just completed a new book entitled "A Farewell to Israel: The coming break-up of American Zionism," to be published in 2009.
December 12, 2008