Norman Finkelstein on Gaza, with Sandy Tolan


The Markaz and the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism present an open forum on Gaza with Norman G. Finkelstein, Ph.D. and USC journalism professor Sandy Tolan in conversation at USC at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism building, in the ASC ("old" Annenberg building) G26 Auditorium, Monday, March 26, 5:30 pm (changed from 6 pm as of 2/26/18). Free admission. Copies of Gaza, An Inquest into Its Martyrdom, will be available for sale, along other Finkelstein titles and books by Sandy Tolan. See USC campus mapRecommended Parking Lot 6, entering from S. Vermont Avenue.

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About Gaza

gaza-finkelstein.jpgGaza is among the most densely populated places in the world. Two-thirds of its inhabitants are refugees, and more than half the population is under eighteen years of age. Since Israel occupied Gaza in 1967, it has systematically de-developed the economy. After Hamas won democratic elections in 2006, Israel intensified its blockade of Gaza, and after Hamas consolidated its control of the territory in 2007, Israel tightened its illegal siege another notch. In the meantime, Israel has launched no less than eight military operations against Gaza—culminating in Operation Cast Lead in 2008–9 and Operation Protective Edge in 2014—that left behind over three million tons of rubble. Recent UN reports predict that Gaza will be unlivable by 2020. 

Norman G. Finkelstein presents a meticulously researched and devastating inquest into Israel’s actions of the last decade. He argues that although Israel justified its blockade and violent assaults in the name of self-defense, in fact these actions were cynical exercises of brutal power against an essentially defenseless civilian population. Based on hundreds of human rights reports, the book scrutinizes multifarious violations of international law Israel committed both during its operations and in the course of its decade-long siege of Gaza. It is a monument to Gaza’s martyrs and a scorching accusation against their tormenters. 

This program cosponsored by CODEPINK: Women for Peace, and presented with the generous support of Ibrahim Alhusseini, Nader Barakat, Jamil Barhoum, John Haas, Jodie Evans, Bana & Nabil Hilal, Dr. Raymond Jallow, Marie Kennedy, Anthony Litwinko, and Kent Badger. Support this program.

norman finkelsteinAbout Norman G. Finkelstein

Norman G. Finkelstein received his doctorate from the Princeton University Department of Politics. His many books have been translated into more than fifty foreign editions. He is a frequent lecturer and commentator on the Israel-Palestine conflict.

About Sandy Tolan

Sandytolan1(3).jpgSandy Tolan is a best-selling author, and an award-winning radio and print journalist. He is a Professor of Journalism at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. He is a co-founder of Homelands Productions, which for 25 years has produced international documentary and features for public radio. 

Sandy reports on and comments frequently about Palestine and Israel. His latest book is Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land (2015, Bloomsbury), about one Palestinian's dream to build a music school in the midst of Israel’s military occupation. He is also the author of the international best-seller, The Lemon Tree, an acclaimed history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

About Gaza, An Inquest into Its Martyrdom and Finkelstein

"This is the voice I listen for, when I want to learn the deepest reality about Jews, Zionists, Israelis, and Palestinians. Norman Finkelstein is surely one of the forty honest humans the Scripture alludes to who can save 'Sodom' (our Earth) by pointing out, again and again, the sometimes soul-shriveling but unavoidable Truth. 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. And will always be. Small comfort in these dark times, perhaps, but a comfort I am deeply grateful for."

—Alice Walker, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award for The Color Purple

"As a modern-day Sisyphus, rolling the heavy boulder up the hill of disinformation, Norman Finkelstein does not waver in his determination to take it to the crest. Although a non-lawyer, he masters the legal issues, the Geneva Conventions, ICJ advisory opinions, UN resolutions, and commission reports, weaving them into a compelling narrative, an articulate appeal for justice, a protest against the moral cop-out of the international community. Finkelstein refutes the Big Lie and many arcane little lies about Gaza and Palestine. A scholarly manual for every politician and every person concerned with human rights."

—Alfred de Zayas, Professor of Law, Geneva School of Diplomacy, and UN Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order

"Norman Finkelstein, probably the most serious scholar on the conflict in the Middle East, has written an excellent book on Israel’s invasions of Gaza. Its comprehensive examination of both the facts and the law of these assaults provides the most authoritative account of this brutal history."

—John Dugard, Emeritus Professor of Public International Law, Leiden University, and former Special Rapporteur to the UN Human Rights Council on Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, 2001-2008

"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 in that tiny enclave during Operations Cast Lead and Protective Edge, while demolishing the myths Israel and its supporters have invented to disguise these shocking events.”

—John J. Mearsheimer, R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago

“This is an exceptional, singular work that will stand as a vital contribution to the literature on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Middle East politics, while also securing an essential place in the fields of international and human rights law. Gaza is an indispensable resource for scholars, jurists, policy makers, and diplomats alike. A landmark.”

—Sara Roy, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University

  • March 26, 2018 at 5:30pm – 7:30pm
  • USC School for Communication and Journalism ASC #G26, 3630 Watt Way, Los Angeles CA 90089

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