21-01-2019 07:41 AM Jerusalem Timing

Professor Finkelstein: Nobody Cared about Gaza

Professor Finkelstein: Nobody Cared about Gaza

Professor Norman Gary Finkelstein, a fierce American Jewish critic of the Israeli government for its acts of genocide against the Palestinians, has slammed the international community for its silence on Gaza.

Professor Norman Gary FinkelsteinProfessor Norman Gary Finkelstein, a fierce American Jewish critic of the Israeli government for its acts of genocide against the Palestinians, has slammed the international community for its silence on Gaza.

Finkelstein, who is the author of 'The Holocaust Industry' and is himself the son of Holocaust survivors, spoke to Daily Sabah about the latest Zionist onslaught on the Gaza Strip, which has killed almost 2,000 people since July 7, and the military coup which ousted Egypt's elected president Mohammad Mursi last year.

"I don't think anyone cared about people of Gaza," he said, noting that everybody was happy to see Hamas defeated' besides Turkey and Qatar.

Calling the siege a "complete and total disaster," Finkelstein said: 'Nobody cared. Did the Arab League care? Did the Saudis care? Did the Emirates care? Did Egypt care? Nobody cared. It was not Hamas; the people of Gaza were isolated...a horror just occurred. Nobody cared."

Finkelstein also said that he was not surprised at the rise of anti-Semitism in countries like France and Great Britain, blaming the Zionist actions.

"Here is a state, it calls itself a Jewish state and it claims to be acting in the names of the Jewish people, so when a state calls itself a Jewish state and claims to act in the name of Jewish people and it's incinerating babies every day, it is going to give a rise to anti-Semitism. If there is a rise in anti-Semitism, there is a simple solution. The solution is stop killing Palestinians and let them live a normal life and the anti-Semitism would diminish," he said.

Stating that the attack on Gaza was all about Zionist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's fear that Gaza's Hamas government, which is listed as a "terrorist" organization, would be legitimized and put more pressure on the Zionist entity to sign an agreement ending the occupation, Finkelstein said that Netanyahu was looking for a pretext to provoke Hamas, which was found in the abduction of three Jewish settlers in the West Bank, even though he knew it had nothing to do with Hamas.

Concluding his interview, Finkelstein said that he did not expect US president Barack Obama to change his policy on what he called "the Gaza-Israel conflict."
"Obama is completely devoted to his sponsors, his backers, the ruling class. He looks out for US national interests. He is not going to suddenly change because it's his last term of office. Obama is behaving like every other president," he said.

"When a ruling class chooses a candidate to run for office they are very careful about who to choose and they knew that this guy (Barack Obama) would do what they wanted him to do," he added.

On July 29, Finkelstein was as arrested during a protest against the siege on Gaza that he has organized outside the Zionist Consulate in New York, along with Corey Robin, a Jewish professor of political science at Brooklyn College, who was also at the protest.