Norman Finkelstein Blames Internet for Being Unemployable


If you’ve already forgotten who Norman Finkelstein is, he was the obnoxious anti-Israel leftist before Peter Beinart and before Max Blumenthal. That list of names reveals the Finkelstein dilemma.

Norman Finkelstein blames the internet for being unemployable, but his real problem is that there’s a limited career niche for a guy like him. And sooner or later, someone else comes along to take his place. It’s a lesson for Max Blumenthal who is this year’s Norman Finkelstein. And for Peter Beinart who was the Norman Finkelstein of a few years ago.

There’s only room for one Jewish tightly wound anti-Israel celebrity who suddenly pops up and begins explaining how Israel is an evil colonialist enterprise that exploits the Holocaust while ranting about Alan Dershowitz.

And Finkelstein has passed his sell by date.

My books don’t sell anymore. There are many reasons why they don’t sell but one of the reasons is because people don’t read anymore. Forget about reading books of detail, they don’t read at all. Somebody said to me yesterday you should write a book on the Palestine industry, because so many people are capitalizing on the Palestine struggle and making a career, and I said “Write a book?” [Nowadays] you do two text messages, three tweets, and one Facebook posting.

No one reads anymore? Really? So who’s buying all those books?

I no longer say I’m unemployed. I say I’m unemployable, it’s different. An unemployed suggests at a certain point in the future, you might be employed. That’s not the case with me. I’m unemployable and unfortunately that’s one of the bits of the web, in particular of Google. When I was younger, you applied for a job they typically asked for three references.

Nowadays people don’t ask for references. They just Google your name. And if you Google my name, all sorts of horrifying things come up: Holocaust denier, Nazi apologist, supporter of terrorism. And no responsible administrator in anything, forget about academia, quite literally even the post office. And that’s literal, that’s not poetic. Even for a job at the post office, they won’t consider you.

I suspect the Post Office would consider Finkelstein if he didn’t insist on wearing a Nazi uniform on his delivery route. Considering how popular hating Israel is in academia, I doubt that’s why Finkelstein can’t get a job. I suspect it’s the more basic interpersonal and academic issues that caused him all those problems to begin with.

But Finkelstein does have some teaching prospects…

This year, I’m down to two countries. One is Turkey where I may be teaching, there’s a good chance. The other is Iran and I’ve been working on Iran but so far it hasn’t been successful. So right now, we’re down to Turkey and Iran because I am finding it intolerable at the present moment, this pointless life.

When even Iran doesn’t want you, then you know you’ve hit bottom.


  • Susan Benton

    LOL! So happy to hear this, he is such a doche.

  • john spielman

    he can always flip burgers a Mac’s

  • nopeacenow

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Let’s hope for the same fate for Peter Beinart and Max Blumenthal.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Blumenthal and Beinart are parasites. They’ll just glom onto something else.

      Beinart used to be neo-connish and Blumenthal used to rant about Republicans.

  • edlancey

    I’m sure if he got a job sweeping streets he’d get sacked for stopping people and telling him his parents were in the death camps.

    The extent to which he has exploited his parents past is revolting

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Finky needed a calling card. The Holocaust was it.

    • Chris Oliver

      I don’t see him exploiting his parents’ past. I see him writing about their experiences in a highly relevant way as well as to establish his bona fides as a pro-Semitic anti-Zionist. He wrote a very beautiful passage about his mother fighting her way to the front of the queues and how what we might see as selfishness and aggression had been a necessary trait in the camps she somehow managed to survive. Alan Dershowitz then took this passage to mean what it quite clearly did not, and suggested Finkelstein wondered aloud whether his mother had gone beyond this minor immorality in order to survive the camps, whether she’d actively collaborated with the Nazis. Others, quite bizarrely and outrageously, have declared Finkelstein to be a Holocaust denier. On this thread, it’s been suggested that Finkelstein hates Israel and wouldn’t teach there. Again, there’s plenty of evidence that Finkelstein accepts the state of Israel (in fact there are several YouTube videos in which he talks about accepting the state’s existence in the same way Gandhi accepted Pakistan’s existence), but clearly his main sympathies lie with the people who first had little control over migration policy and therefore found themselves displaced by diaspora Jews and then who faced an armed separatist Zionist movement.

  • kevinstroup

    He can always be self-employed as an Azzhole!

    • CaoMoo

      best job in the world :)

      Here’s my card:

      Self Proclaimed and Emplyed Azzhole

      Does this gig come with benefits because I mean that Obamacare

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  • garyfouse

    The last time I saw Finkelstein, he was at Cerritos College in Norwalk (Ca) last year, where he lost his audience by calling Obama a “murderer”. His appearance started late because the professor had picked him up at the train station and he had to change from shorts into… jeans! As for his books, the last few have been hardly larger than pamphlets. Mediocrity has found its level.

    • Bliss

      Wow, another example of Finkelstein telling the truth at all costs.
      What a badass.

  • paradigmshift

    calling him anti-Israel and a Nazi is extremely sophomoric, his entire family was exterminated in the Jewish holocaust. watch any youtube debate with Finkelstein and watch him dismantle his opponent with logic and reason while never resorting to ad hominem like Frontpage. it’s dinosaurs like Horowitz who are losing their audience and dying out because they no longer control the narrative with the emergence of alternative media.

  • Omar

    Serves him right! After years of promoting lies and propaganda about Israel and the Jews, Finkelstein finally got the negative reception he deserves. If there is an appropriate time to say “What goes around comes around”, it is this time.

    • paradigmshift

      what has he lied about, can you provide a specific example?

      • Omar

        Practically everything on politics, especially regarding Israel.

        • paradigmshift

          so you cannot provide evidence of a specific example?

          • objectivefactsmatter

            He lied about the “Sharon Affair,” making presentations to the effect that Sharon went out to provoke poor Muslims in order to justify sending out soldiers to murder the poor angels who happened to look bad just because they felt like throwing rocks at the heads of Jews. He neglects to mention the rocks.

            The guy is a font for new and old blood libels.

          • Chris Oliver

            I’d be interested in how you prove that was an out and out lie rather than a difference between your perception and his.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            Because he left out the events that caused the mob in the first place. It was a lie of omission and then a conclusion based on incomplete information. Not too much unlike we hear about Ferguson.

            He’s pretty careful. That’s how he deceives. Lies of omission that lead to articulating mendacious conclusions.

            How could he “fail to perceive” that the reason the police gathered at the Temple Mount was because of massive crowds of jihadis throwing rocks on people? Now pretend that rocks are not weapons. Pretend that provocation with rocks and threatening the press is not an established strategy to create mendacious agitprop in the region. That’s one way deception happens in the ME. I know that he knows better.

          • Chris Oliver

            Just to make sure I’ve understood this correctly, you’re saying Wikipedia’s entry here is wrong:

            “The Second Intifada, also known as the Al-Aqsa Intifada (Arabic: انتفاضة الأقصى‎ Intifāḍat al-ʾAqṣā; Hebrew: אינתיפאדת אל-אקצה‎ Intifādat El-Aqtzah), was the second Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation – a period of intensified Israeli-Palestinian violence. It started in September 2000, when Ariel Sharon made a visit to the Temple Mount, seen by Palestinians as highly provocative; and Palestinian demonstrators, throwing stones at police, were dispersed by the Israeli army, using tear gas and rubber bullets.[6]”

            “On September 28, Israeli opposition leader Ariel Sharon together with a Likud party delegation surrounded by hundreds of Israeli riot police, visited the Temple Mount. Al-Aqsa Mosque is part of the compound and is widely considered the third holiest site in Islam.[20] Israel declared sovereignty by annexing East Jerusalem in 1980, and the compound is the holiest site in Judaism. Sharon was only permitted to enter the compound after the Israeli Interior Minister had received assurances from the Palestinian Authority’s security chief that no problems would arise if he made the visit.[21] Sharon did not actually go into the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and went during normal tourist hours. Colin Shindler writes “Shlomo Ben-Ami, the Minister of Internal security, was told by Israeli intelligence that there was no concerted risk of violence. This was implicitly confirmed by Jibril Rajoub, the Palestinian head of Preventive Security on the West Bank, who told Ben-Shlomo that Sharon could visit the Haram, but not enter a mosque on security grounds.”[22]
            “Shortly after Sharon left the site, angry demonstrations by Palestinian Jerusalemites outside erupted into rioting. Israeli police responded with tear gas and rubber bullets, while protesters hurled stones and other missiles, injuring 25 policemen, of whom one was seriously injured and had to be taken to hospital. At least three Palestinians were wounded by rubber bullets.[23]”

          • Chris Oliver

            But let me make it clear that I think the behaviour of the Palestinians Muslims in throwing rocks was disgusting. War, prejudice, dispossession, displacement all bring out the worst in people and push moderates to the side. It’s happened in Sri Lanka in both the Buddhist Sinhalese and Hindu Tamil populations. It’s happened in Northern Ireland in the Protestant and Catholic populations. It’s happened in India in the Hindu and Muslim populations. It’s happened in China in the battles between Maoists and Confucians. It’s happened in America in the Confederate and Unionist camps.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            No, that’s not the story he told. I thought we were talking about Finkelstein’s version.

            I’ll add that they didn’t just throw stones at the police. They threw stones at just about everyone and the police responded to the riot.

            This whole “stone throwing” thing was contrived in the 1980s as a deliberate strategy to provoke the police and military while being perceived as the downtrodden. To a Westerner it seems obvious that only really desperate people would throw little stones at people with guns. They don’t understand the whole strategy of leaning on the press and political organizations to be seen as victims of “colonialism” and “asymmetric response.” And the press is pressured to show only young kids throwing small seemingly harmless rocks. It’s all bullcrap.

            The Palestinians are evil geniuses when it comes to mendacious PR and agitation propaganda.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            Let me also add that he seems to buy in to this analysis that considers private property to be theft where Jews committed “violence” on poor peasants that were removed from land purchased from absentee landlord. And this all justifies in the minds of the haters the Arab (mostly Muslim) violence on Jews that went on for decades before the Jews organized any form of resistance.

            Pretending that the Jews started the violence one way or another is how they convert jihadis in to victims. They must omit relevant facts to do this. And even then, why can’t these morons act through the PA? This scam they’ve been running ever since the Oslo Accords agreement was signed is just complete bullcrap and you have to be willfully ignorant to fail to see what’s going on.

  • wileyvet

    You mean to tell me this self-loathing Jew couldn’t get a job at any Lib University in their Middle East Studies courses? I read plenty, just not anti-Israel, anti-American drivel from the likes of morally and intellectually bankrupt douche bags.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      Actually I think he could get a job at an Israeli university, but he hates them too much. And it seems like he doesn’t even ever try to play at understanding political correctness. He’s useless to the left because he’s actually dead serious about his hatred and doesn’t really try to mask it very well.

      He’s a perfect fit for the jihadis if he’ll just convert to Islam or fully submit to sharia.

      • laura r

        maybe next on the agenda. but i think thats more for the younger finklestein versions.

      • Chris Oliver

        In the past he’s been denied entry into Israel. I don’t honestly believe he hates Israel or Israeli universities. He wants to reform Israel, not abolish it. The reference to jihadis is a cheap shot exploiting Islamophobia by framing a national struggle as, more than anything, a consequence of believing scriptures that have a lot in common with Jewish scripture. A look at Zohar Zoarets’s Facebook page or comments elsewhere on the internet – easily found through Google – might convince you the militant ones among “them” are essentially indistinguishable from the militant ones among “us”.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          “A look at Zohar Zoarets’s Facebook page or comments elsewhere on the internet – easily found through Google – might convince you the militant ones among “them” are essentially indistinguishable from the militant ones among “us”.”

          I’ve never been a sucker for false equivalence arguments – no matter how poignant.

          • Chris Oliver

            To make your simple assertion an argument you actually need to come up with more than that. How is this a false equivalence?

          • objectivefactsmatter

            Comparing jihadis fighting for the expansion of Islamic imperialism under the phony rubric of “anti-colonialism” are supposedly equal to some factions of Israelis that are “extremely” motivated to keep their sovereignty secure?

            I don’t need an argument. If you want to bring me something new (good luck), I might respond to that. Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.

            The closest you could possibly come would be finding some Israeli militants that fight outside of the scope of the nation’s legal structures and cite the Bible as they fight to take over territory and purge non-Jews and anyone that won’t accept Jewish theocracy. Got any of those? How many have they killed?

          • objectivefactsmatter

            Give me an example of rule of law in any territory controlled by religious Muslims.


            Where do you suppose the PA or HAMAS would rank in the world index?

        • objectivefactsmatter

          You approve of your own comments. That’s hilarious.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          “The reference to jihadis is a cheap shot exploiting Islamophobia by framing a national struggle as, more than anything, a consequence of believing scriptures that have a lot in common with Jewish scripture.”

          You’re completely ignorant. Islam co-opts Hebrew prophets and changes the meaning of the texts entirely by having a hyper-violent outlaw “messiah” interpret the texts and act out according to his own selfish will in the name of Allah. Furthermore, pious Muslims are exhorted to do the same. That difference is why you don’t have Jewish or Christian suicide bombers running around trying to emulate Moses or Joshua simply because of a violent period of history recorded in the Bible. That’s why Israelis have secular rule of law and jihadis chop heads off every time they feel like Mohamed / Allah would approve.

          You obviously have NO CLUE what you’re talking about. You have stupid neo-Marxist talking points just like the moron you attempted to defend here. In an academic (or other left wing) bubble where there is nobody to challenge you with the facts you must sound like a real genius.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Despite his academically appealing hatred of Israel, he has some other qualities that academia is not crazy about

      • CaoMoo

        So he’s Troy McClure in that one Simpsons episode where he had to marry Marge’s sister to get work again.

        He blamed everyone else not minding their own business and not his odd proclivities for fish for his unemployability

        • Daniel Greenfield

          And sometimes a man’s more obvious offensive qualities conceal his less obnoxious unemployable qualities

      • laura r

        there’s more to him than what we know? i cant imagine. do tell. personally i think hes an idiot. guess not a very useful one.

        • Mkohn Kurelo

          You are an idiot. He’s a scholar.

  • Bliss

    Norman is an honest, friendly, and highly ethical man.
    If more men were as conscientous as Dr. Finkelstein the world would be a happier place.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      Except for the fact that he’s a delusional psychopath. So that integrity is not worth much to others. Unless of course it suits a particular agenda.

      So where did he say he wants to go?

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Did you say Dr. Frankenstein or Dr. Finkelstein? I could understand the former but not the latter.

    • Norbert Haag

      How do you come to such a conclusion? Certainly not by reading his books.

      You seem to be one of the “bad, bad” guys that threw him into his misery,

      What a schmock Finkelstein is whining about self inflicted failure to attract readers.

    • BS77

      Is this what they mean by Ignorance is Bliss?

  • DDay

    “Oh what a tangled web we weave,
    When first we practise to deceive!”Sir Walter Scott,

  • DB1954

    So it’s our fault that he’s “unemployable” as an author? Now THAT’s chutzpah!

  • georgacollins

    No one reads? That why Krauthhammer is on the best seller list for weeks?

  • Tala

    Thank you for writing exactly what I was thinking while scrambling to find the comment box on this ridiculous comment stream. All I see are disillusioned, indoctrinated people incapable of freelance research, gobbling up terms like “nazi-apathist” and spitting them out without a second thought to think about what they mean.

  • Isahiah62

    “….if you Google my name, all sorts of horrifying things come up: Holocaust denier, Nazi apologist, supporter of terrorism.”

    well sir you soiled your bed and now you get to lay in it!!

    A well deserved shunning by decent people for people like yourself – a taste of the medicine (poison pill) you ask people to swallow —

    so we are BOYCOTT and divesting and sanctioning YOU traitor Jews


    A purim story for the Fink:

    Mordechai said to respond to Esther, “Do not think that you can save yourself [from Haman’s
    decree of annihilation] because you are in the royal palace” (Esther 4:13).

    Esther, the heroine of the Purim episode, received this sharp rebuke from Mordechai. No Jew should ever assume that anti-Semitism will affect only others but not oneself. No one has immunity. Every Jew must know that he or she is part of a unit, and a threat against any Jew anywhere in the world is a threat to all Jews.

    History has unfortunately repeated itself many times. Spanish Jews who held powerful governmental positions were sent into exile along with their brethren. Jewish millionaires and members of European parliaments were cremated in Auschwitz ovens. Throughout the ages, those who had thought to escape anti-Semitic persecution by concealing their Jewish identities sadly learned that this effort was futile.

    Esther accepted Mordechai’s reprimand and risked her life to save her people. In fact, the Megillah (Book of Esther) tells us
    that Esther had not revealed her Jewish identity because Mordechai had
    instructed her to keep it a secret. She never would have stayed hidden in the
    palace and watched her people perish. Mordechai spoke his sharp words not to her, but to posterity.

    Some people simply refuse to accept history’s painful lessons. In defiance, they continue to say that they
    will be different. Neither any individual who feels secure for any reason nor
    any community that lives in what it considers to be a safe environment should
    have this delusion of immunity.

    message reverberates throughout the centuries: “Do not think that you can
    save yourself by hiding when other Jews are being persecuted.”

    Today I shall …

    … be forthcoming and proud of my Jewish identity and at all times retain a
    firm solidarity with my people. from Aish dot com

  • edlancey

    And how do you know that ? Because he brings it up at every possible opportunity. He never shuts up about it.

    ps if you had actually read his books (as I have) you would know that his parents survived the camps – and he constantly invokes their sufferings in order to whine about Israel while
    deflecting any and every criticism of his positions by invoking, you’ve
    guessed it, the fact that his parents were in the death camps.

    • Barron Tide

      If you had half-a-brain, you would know that had his parents not survived he would not have been born… Finkelstein has strong arguments that are not being effectively refuted. You don’t even need half-a-brain to recognize the losing side accuses the other side of “hating”, regardless of the debate.

  • CaoMoo

    When nobody likes you it might be because you’re a jerk. 1 or 2 people meh it’s them. Everyone hates you then the problem is you. Why does google turn up such horrific results under you’re name? (Why write under you’re real name anyway for that matter) Maybe because you shot your big stupid mouth off!

    But it’s easier to blame everyone else and hide your self esteem behind a conspiracy screen like they taught you in school. You know your’re perfect only other people do bad things. On second thought he should fit right in with Iran or turkey or anywhere else that arrested a Jewish spy duck hoping to water board it for information to stop an estrogen powered earthquake.

  • laura r

    there is something about these “self hating jews” that is typical & predictable. an arrogance & disrespect mixed w/theatrics. on some deeper level they crave acceptance, especially from the enemy. actually its all about the enemy, underneath that is the mother or father. very deep compex stuff. only another jew w/deep insight & much exposure (to this illness) can understand this. basically his parents drove him crazy.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      “very deep compex stuff. only another jew w/deep insight & much exposure (to this illness) can understand this. basically his parents drove him crazy.”

      I’m not Jewish, but I think you make a great point. It seems like even he is aware that his own mother drove him insane.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    “…calling him anti-Israel and a Nazi is extremely sophomoric, his entire family was exterminated in the Jewish holocaust. watch any youtube debate with Finkelstein and watch him dismantle his opponent with logic and reason while never resorting to ad hominem like Frontpage.”

    He is reasonable and methodical, but he’s also a hateful partisan liar.

  • jzsnake

    The man really needs to be on some sort of medication.

  • Hard Little Machine

    If you scream about how happy you are that people believe you’re a Nazi you shouldn’t be sad or outraged that people actually believe you’re a Nazi. Maybe you can double down like Chomsky and just become a full on paid propagandist for any and every psychotic genocidal maniac in the world.

  • Morrissey

    The intellectual and moral level on this forum is similar to that which reigned in Maoist China as the comrades robotically denounced a dissident in the 1950s. Nearly every comment here is sneering, vicious, and (worst of all) dishonest. If Finkelstein was really as isolated and friendless as some of you folk pretend he is, there would be no need for you to indulge in this frenzy of hate against him.

    Still, he’s in good company. You lot have been equally brutal, equally stupid and equally ignorant in your comments about Professor Noam Chomsky and many others who you call (stupidly) “self-loathing Jews”.

    As always, Norm Finkelstein has your measure on that desperate smear….

  • objectivefactsmatter