Letters to Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., President of DePaul University (and to some administrators) about the denial of tenure to Norman Finkelstein

Culled mostly from Letter to Finkelstein


08.27.2007

VIA FACSIMILE (312-362-7577)

The Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M.
President
DePaul University
1 East Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, Illinois 60604-2287

Dear President Holtschneider:

We have written to you twice regarding the issue of academic due process attendant upon the DePaul University administration's refusal to recognize Professor Norman Finkelstein's right to appeal the decision to deny him tenure to a faculty committee. We are writing to you again about a new issue of due process in his case in connection with an e-mail message on Friday, August 24, from Provost Helmut Epp to Professor Finkelstein, notifying him of the administration's decision to place him on paid administrative leave, relieving him of further academic duties during his terminal year of service. (We understand that he is also being denied access to the office he had occupied.) According to the provost's message, the action removing Professor Finkelstein from further teaching was taken "based on departmental and college needs and because of [his] behavior at the end of the Spring quarter." Professor Finkelstein informs us that he takes sharp issue with the stated grounds for the action and objects to the lack of any procedural protections afforded to him.

Action to separate a faculty member from ongoing academic responsibilities prior to demonstration of stated cause in an appropriate proceeding is considered to be a suspension, which is justified, according to the enclosed joint 1958 Statement on Procedural Standards in Faculty Dismissal Proceedings, "only if immediate harm to the faculty member or others is threatened by continuance." According to Interpretive Comment Number 9 on the 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure, "a suspension which is not followed by either reinstatement or the opportunity for a hearing is a summary dismissal in violation of academic due process." We note that the "Separation" section of the DePaul Faculty Handbook (p. 13) provides for suspension to be imposed on a faculty member "only to prevent probable and serious harm to the reputation of the University or to its ability to carry out such important functions as instruction. The faculty member is guaranteed that fair and consistent procedures will be used for making any suspension decision." The policy goes on to describe three ways in which a faculty member may be suspended, the first two of which involve a formal hearing before a faculty body. Paragraph (3) of that section provides that a faculty member may be suspended without a hearing “in the event of an emergency where potentially serious harm must be prevented immediately and there is no opportunity for a previous hearing,” with the right of the affected professor "after the fact to a formal grievance hearing." We are not aware of any "emergency" reason advanced by the administration that would justify acting against Professor Finkelstein without having first afforded him opportunity for a hearing.

We have taken strong issue with the argument, which we encounter from time to time, that an administration discharges its obligation to a faculty member on term appointment by relieving the individual of his or her teaching duties while continuing payment of salary for the duration of the term. In our report on the 1965 cases at St. John's University in New York, where terminal suspensions were imposed on twenty-one professors because of alleged activities variously described as harassment and unprofessional conduct, our investigating committee found that the administration "had excluded from consideration a principle crucial to the profession." The committee went on to explain as follows:

The profession's entire case for academic freedom and its attendant standards is predicated upon the basic right to employ one's professional skills in practice, a right, in the case of the teaching profession, which is exercised not in private practice but through institutions. To deny a faculty member this opportunity without adequate cause, regardless of monetary compensation, is to deny him his basic professional rights. . . . In the case of teachers at St. John's, denial of their classroom was, in itself, a serious injury. To inflict such injury without due process and, therefore, without demonstrated reason, destroys the academic character of the University. (AAUP Bulletin, Spring 1966, pp. 18, 19.) We addressed the issue of suspension of a nonreappointed probationary faculty member and the attendant standards of academic due process in the enclosed 1996 report on our investigation of a case at the University of Southern California. We urge that the administration reinstate Professor Finkelstein to his normal academic duties. If the administration is unwilling to do so, we urge that it initiate a hearing before an elected faculty body and assume the burden of demonstrating, in an adjudicative hearing of record, adequacy of cause for the suspension.

I plan on calling you tomorrow to discuss the contents of this letter, at which point we would welcome your comments on the statements and recommendations we have made.

Sincerely,

B. Robert Kreiser

Associate Secretary

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Enclosure (via surface mail)

cc:
Dr. Helmut P. Epp, Provost
Jose D. Padilla, Esq., Vice President and General Counsel
Dr. Charles S. Suchar, Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Professor Anne Clark Bartlett, President, Faculty Council
Professor Gil Gott, Chair, Faculty Governance Council, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Professor Michael A. McIntyre, President, AAUP Chapter
Professor Michael L. Budde, Chair, Department of Political Science
Professor Norman G. Finkelstein


From: ariplinger[at]mac.com
To: "Fr. Dennis Holtschneider" president@depaul.edu
CC: NormanGF[at]hotmail.com
Subject: Fwd: course cancellation: PSC 235
Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2007 18:05:00 -0500

Fr. Holtschneider,

I wrote you an e-mail last week about this very thing, and got no response from you about it. It has now become apparent that your silence was because you knew what you planned to do and despite the outcry from students and faculty you went ahead and did it anyways.

I am in my graduating year at DePaul. You have taken my favorite Professor away from me before I could finish my final year. You have taken one of the greatest faculty members at DePaul away from the University. And most importantly, you have taken one of the most important scholars of the Israel-Palestinian debate away from academia. And now you have even deprived the students of DePaul one final academic year with Professor Finkelstein.

I have had nothing bad to say about DePaul until all of this happened. I often told everyone my decision to come to DePaul was the best decision that I ever made. I have always been proud to be a member of the DePaul community. I am extremely involved around campus as the President of the DePaul Student Peace Alliance and Secretary of the DePaul Democrats I have worked as an Honors Program student mentor, an Honors Program peer mentor, a Discover Chicago student leader two years running, and as a research assistant and volunteer for the Adolescent Community Health Research Group. I am also proud to say that I have been doing great in school and have maintained a 3.81 GPA. All of this now means absolutely nothing to me. I have had all of these things that I was once so proud of taken away from me, and it is because of your decisions.

I really believed that DePaul was unlike other schools, that it was not afraid to take a stand for social justice. St. Vincent DePaul was an incredible man that stood up for what was right, regardless of what the powers that be told him to do. I really thought that DePaul University would help prepare me for a life dedicated to social justice and my plans to join the Peace Corps. I now realize that it is nothing but a facade. When you and the other University administrators had a chance to take a stance on social justice and tenure a Professor that has dedicated his life to these values in one of the most dangerous conflicts of our time you turned your backs on social justice and fired him. You have now barred him from coming back to teach his students about Equality and Social Justice and Freedom and Empowerment (the classes I was enrolled in and you cancelled).

I believe that as the President of my University that you owe it to me, personally, to tell me why this was done. Why did you do this? How could you let this happen? And how am I supposed to go next week during Immersion Week and tell my students all these wonderful things about DePaul? How am I supposed to run a Common Hour session about DePaul's Mission and Values when you have proven to me that they do not exist? What am I supposed to do?

Sincerely,
Andrew Riplinger

Begin forwarded message:

From: RHONOLD[at]depaul.edu
Date: August 24, 2007 11:41:30 AM CDT
To: RHONOLD[at]depaul.edu
Subject: course cancellation: PSC 235

Political Science 235, section 101, "Equality and Social Justice," for the autumn quarter 2007-8, has been cancelled. You have been dropped from the course.

I will work with you to make sure that your academic progress is not impeded in any way by this regrettable development. Please contact me directly if you need assistance getting rescheduled for a suitable substitute course.

Sincerely,

Randall Honold, Ph.D.


Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs
Instructor of Philosophy
Institute for Nature & Culture
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
DePaul University
990 West Fullerton Avenue
Suite 4400
Chicago, Illinois 60614
773-325-4928 (phone)
773-325-4781 (fax)
rhonold@depaul.edu


08.20.2007 | AAUP
By B. Robert Kreiser, Associate Secretary

VIA FACSIMILE (312-362-6822)

August 20, 2007

The Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M.
President
DePaul University
1 East Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, Illinois 60604-2287

Dear President Holtschneider:

We have not previously responded to your letter of July 31, because we were awaiting permission, requested in my letter to you of August 6 and also in a telephone call to your office last week, to share your letter with Professors Larudee and Finkelstein and invite their comments. We regret not having heard back from you about our request.

We appreciate that the tenure candidacies of both Professors Finkelstein and Larudee were reviewed by their faculty peers at three different institutional levels under the procedures set forth in DePaul's official regulations, and we have no basis for questioning whether the pro-cess followed in the conduct of those reviews accorded with the university's procedures. We also appreciate that the DePaul handbook, consistent with AAUP-recommended standards, provides that the president may set aside the recommendation of the University Board on Promotion and Tenure (UBPT) only "in rare circumstances and for compelling reasons," and that you accepted that body's recommendations in all cases that came before you this past year. Our Association has no quarrel with your statement that "[t]he fact that some individ-uals would have liked a different result in some of the cases is not a proper basis for an appeal." Nor do we question your further statement that "the fact that the UBPT reached a different result [from] the lower tenure review committee is not in itself a violation of uni-versity procedure nor a basis for an appeal." Our concerns arise when you go on to assert that "there is simply no basis for any claim that the UBPT failed to uphold the standards and processes set forth in the Faculty Handbook." In our view, it is precisely that assertion as well as the question whether the administration similarly failed that bear on the claims by Professors Finkelstein and Larudee that impermissible considerations—involving violations of their academic freedom—contributed significantly to the adverse decisions in their cases.

You state that "the section of the Faculty Handbook detailing the promotion and tenure procedures is clear that the decision of the president is 'final' and that there is no right to appeal that decision." The "Evaluation of Faculty" section of the handbook does indeed provide that the "president shall make final decisions regarding promotion and/or the granting of tenure." That section of the document is silent, however, regarding the right of appeal of an adverse decision in such cases. A final decision by the president about the merits of a candidacy for tenure does not appear to us to shield that decision from the "Appeal Procedure for Nonrenewal of Nontenured and Tenure-Track Faculty" that is set forth in the "Separation" section of the handbook. Its provisions, as I observed in my previous letter, track AAUP-recommended standards, which are intended to afford opportunity for appeals of adverse tenure decisions—a particular category of "Nonrenewal of Tenure-Track Faculty." Again, in the view of the president of DePaul's Faculty Council (and her fellow Council members), "the handbook guarantees certain rights for faculty members who have received adverse decisions in the retention, tenure, and promotion processes. One of these is the right to a review by an independent faculty body. This is clearly described in the handbook's chapter on separation." Affording a faculty member opportunity for appeal of an adverse tenure decision would not appear to preclude the president from making the final decision after the appeal has been heard.

Without affording Professors Finkelstein and Larudee opportunity for faculty review of their allegations, the administration, it seems to us, is allowing their claims of violation of aca-demic freedom to stand unrebutted. We urge again that you offer them such opportunity.

Sincerely,

B. Robert Kreiser
Associate Secretary

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cc: Dr. Helmut P. Epp, Provost
Jose D. Padilla, Esq., Vice President and General Counsel
Dr. Charles S. Suchar, Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Professor Anne Clark Bartlett, President, Faculty Council
Professor Gil Gott, Chair, Faculty Governance Council, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Professor Michael A. McIntyre, Director, International Studies Program and
President, AAUP Chapter
Professor Michael L. Budde, Chair, Department of Political Science
Professor Norman G. Finkelstein
Professor Mehrene E. Larudee


Date: Sun, 19 Aug 2007 12:11:34 -0400
From: nmclaugh[at]mcmaster.ca
To: president@depaul.edu
Subject: Tenure Decisions

2007.08.18

Dear President Holtschneider:

I am writing to express my serious concerns about the tenure cases of Dr. Norman Finkelstein (an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at DePaul University), and Dr. Mehrene Larudee (an assistant professor in International Studies). With the AAUP, I believe your university should allow a appeal process to take place as I understand you have done so in the past. Without this appeal process, the reputation of your university most surely will suffer greatly in the eyes of a large number of the academic community in North American and globally.

Concerns about the Finkelstein case and its implications for academic freedom extend far beyond the ranks of intellectuals who agree with Dr. Finkelstein‘s political views. I, for one, have very different politics from Dr. Finkelstein - I tend to take just the kind of left social democratic positions Dr. Finkelstein criticizes. I also have a different view on the appropriate role of polemics in academic life. In fact, I recently published an controversial article in the /Canadian Journal of Sociology/ that argued against the dominance of what I called a kind of Verso press radicalism in Canadian sociology. And I also believe that intellectual life in both Canada and the United States requires, at this moment in history, more scholarly analysis, a deepening of civil political debate across ideological divides and less polemics and polarized personal attacks. There is no doubt in my mind that the letter you wrote denying Dr. Finkelstein tenure raises a range of interesting ideas, particularly with regards to the role of the public intellectual in society today. My view, however, is your ideas on these matters would best be articulated in a public forum, in a series of essays or perhaps in your future hiring decisions, but are most certainly inappropriate when evaluating a scholar going up for tenure, especially one with as strong a publishing and teaching record as Dr. Finkelstein.

I have read three of his books, and while I am not an expert in his academic areas of research or on the Middle East conflict I note that those responsible for denying him tenure are also not experts. My informed lay opinion, however, is that while I think /The Holocaust Industry/ and /Image and Reality of the Israel Palestine Conflict /are good enough for tenure at most reasonable research universities below the very elite institutions, /Beyond Chutzpah /is a first rate scholarly work by any standards. It is far more theoretically sophisticated and much better written than the earlier books and makes a strong case for his viewpoint in ways that raise a range of important intellectual issues that cannot be ignored by scholars and citizens alike, whatever one might think of his ultimate conclusions. That your institution would deny this scholar tenure /after/ he moved his work up to a new higher level of scholarly sophistication, published with the University of California Press, and received positive external reviews from major scholars in the appropriate fields is seriously problematic. That your institution would do so, while claiming not to be influenced by outside interference in the process is simply not credible given Alan Dershowitz‘s inappropriate and unprofessional campaign and the evidence of his influence on your campus process. There are a range of serious questions that have been raised about the fairness of this process; issues that, at the very least, your institution must answer in an appeal process to have any credibility whatsoever as a supporter of basic academic freedom and scholarly engagement. Hopefully your university will reconsider your decision to ignore the serious concerns about the process that have been expressed by many scholars and by the AAUP, thus distancing yourself from the shameful behavior of Professor Dershowitz and those on your campus who have engaged in similar breaches of the scholarly peer review process. In my view, only then can your university take its rightful place among institutions committed to academic freedom and scholarly standards.

Yours Sincerely,

Neil McLaughlin, Associate Professor
Sociology, McMaster University
Canada


14 August 2007

Fr. Dennis Holtschneider
Office of the President
DePaul University
55 E. Jackson, 22nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60602

Dear Fr. Holtschneider,

As you are aware, numerous DePaul students consider your recent decision to deny tenure to Dr. Norman Finkelstein in the Political Science Department to be unacceptable. It is disheartening to find that we have further reason for concern. As students of DePaul University, we are deeply distraught to discover that DePaul may not allow Dr. Finkelstein on campus to teach us in his terminal year as stipulated in his employment contract. As university administrators, you have denied him tenure; though as educators, we implore you not to restrict our learning. We attend DePaul to learn. We want to learn from Dr. Finkelstein.

Currently, Campus Connect lists Dr. Finkelstein's classes as enrolled at capacity, despite one being offered at 8:30 AM on Monday/Wednesday/Friday and another being offered on the same days at 9:40 AM. As you know, classes held during these time frames are not the easiest to fill, and their status reflects directly on Dr. Finkelstein as a professor. Students returning in the 2007/2008 Autumn Quarter expect to be taught by the brightest and most truthful of DePaul's professors. We also expect to have a voice in determining and defining the criteria by which our professors are evaluated: we have done so, and Dr. Finkelstein fulfills those criteria.

Dr. Finkelstein has expressed interest in teaching this coming quarter and has already submitted his course texts to the bookstore and his syllabi to the Department. The minimum we expect is that you allow Dr. Finkelstein to return for his contractually granted terminal year.

Please be clear that DePaul is inherently an educational institution and that students form the core of this university. Consider this as a formal notice from the students that denying Dr. Finkelstein his terminal year will be considered complete abandonment of the students and your responsibilities.

Sincerely,

DePaul Academic Freedom Committee
www.academicfreedomchicago.org


From : niallmcnamara[at]eircom.net
Sent : Wednesday, July 18, 2007 10:03 PM
To : president@depaul.edu
CC : normangf[at]hotmail.com
Subject : Denial of Tenure to Norman Finkelstein by the Depaul-Dershowitz cabal

Dear President Holtschneider,

I and many others are scandalized by the harsh policy DePaul University implemented against Professor Finkelsetin et al under your watch, at the behest of a self-serving cabal with an agenda to end professor Finkelstein's academic career, and promote their own political agenda.

In your letter refusing tenure to Professor Finkelstein you allege, amongst several things, that he is not scholarly enough for DePaul; could you please inform me of what other academic within the Department of Political Science has published such brilliant scholarly publications? And who contributes so much time and personal effort to train future generations of scholars in order that they may think for themselves? Do other members of the department fight for social justice in Palestine or elsewhere as Finkelstein does.?

You wrote that Finkelstein engaged in ad hominem attacks against others - though you gave no supporting evidence - but I presume you can only really mean against Professor Dershowitz. As you have cast serious charges against Finkelstein in this matter would it not be fair to state something about the barrage of ad hominem attacks, and worse, that Dershowitz has made against Finkelstein in collusion with members of your own staff? Or do you consider Dershowitz's attacks as acceptable remarks made by someone who had no invitation to involve himself or his cabal with the process of selecting an internal DePaul faculty member for a tenured post? The external pressure you complained about, do you recall that complaint? Dershowitz and his cabal were that external pressure group of whom you complained. And you observed such external attention was not welcome by DePaul. Will you contact Harvard about Dershowitz and the unhealthy interest he took in an internal DePaul appointment?

Do you consider the personal attacks and on-going conspiracy against Finkelsetin by members of your university as acceptable, Christian, ethical and collegiate? If you do not, what action and termination of contracts, if any, are you considering for those who engaged in such activities? It is important that we all are reassured that those who have brought serious discredit to DePaul by their machinations against Finkelstein will be held to account for discrediting your university in the eyes of the worldwide academic community, a situation you must be very embarrassed about; or are you?

Dershowitz has falsely and maliciously accused Finkelstein of being anti-Semitic; do you belief that is the case? Can a man who had both his parents whom he deeply loved imprisoned in a Nazi death camp, where they endured great suffering be anti-Semitic? If so, could you explain how you believe that to be the case?

Tell me Father, do you think a man who served in the Nazi Youth can be an anti-Semitic? Of course he may not be, and neither is Finkelstein. Indeed, such a man can lead the Roman Catholic Church. Let us bring this perspective into the debate in the way Christ would have when he walked on earth. Can you engage in such a concept?

Tell me Father, do you think you are a man of justice and integrity? If so, could you please prove it to me and others by giving us some examples of your sense of justice and integrity and how you used those attributes to resolve a critical situation whereby a mans career and life were destroyed?

I look forward to a reply to me letter.

May God bless and guide you.

Regards,

Niall McNamara


07.10.2007 | American Association of University Professors

The Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M.
President
DePaul University
1 East Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, Illinois 60604-2287

Dear President Holtschneider:

Dr. Norman C. Finkelstein, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at DePaul University, and Dr. Mehrene E. Larudee, assistant professor in the university’s International Studies Program, have each consulted with the American Association of University Professors in connection with their efforts to appeal your decision to deny them tenure. We understand that they are both alleging that that the evaluations of their academic performance were not in accord with the university’s stated policies and procedures and that considerations that violate their academic freedom contributed significantly to the negative decisions.

The Association’s interest in the cases of Professors Finkelstein and Larudee stems, as you know, from our longstanding commitment to academic freedom and tenure, the basic tenets of which are enunciated in the enclosed 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure. That document, issued jointly by the AAUP and the Association of American Colleges and Universities, has received the endorsement of more than 200 educational organizations and disciplinary societies. Derivative principles and procedural standards for faculty members in their years of probationary service are set forth in the AAUP’s enclosed Statement on Procedural Standards in the Renewal or Nonrenewal of Faculty Appointments. We have noted the pertinent provisions of DePaul University’s Faculty Handbook, in particular the “Evaluation of Faculty” and “Separation” sections.

The provisions in the Association’s Statement on Procedural Standards apply equally both to non-renewals of an appointment and to denials of tenure. Under those provisions a probationary faculty member who wishes to contest a decision against reappointment—including a decision against granting tenure—is entitled to appeal to a representative committee of faculty members not previously involved in the case. When a violation of academic freedom is alleged, as it has been by Professors Finkelstein and Larudee, Regulation 10 of the Association’s enclosed Recommended Institutional Regulations on Academic Freedom and Tenure provides for preliminary review of the allegation by an elected faculty body in order to determine whether, in the committee’s judgment, the faculty member has a sufficiently credible case to warrant a hearing of record where “it is incumbent upon those who made the decision against reappointment to come forward with evidence in support of their decision.”

The appeals procedures set forth in the “Separation” section of DePaul University’s Faculty Hand-book appear to track those recommended by the AAUP in the above-cited document, and the two faculty members, we understand, have sought to appeal the decisions to deny them tenure under those procedures. The administration has rejected their requests, however, on grounds that the Faculty Handbook precludes an appeal against a decision by the president to deny tenure, which is deemed to be “final,” and that the appellate procedures called for in the “Separation” section of the handbook are “not applicable to tenure decisions.” We note that this interpretation of the university’s policies, advanced by the university’s general counsel, was rejected by the Faculty Council in a resolution adopted at a specially called meeting on June 13, in which the Council declared that the applicable provisions of the “Separation” section do call for a review procedure to challenge an adverse tenure decision and further declared itself open to consider all requests for a formal review of an adverse tenure and promotion decision according to the criteria and procedures set forth in the Faculty Handbook.

If a right to appeal is not explicitly provided for in the tenure section of the handbook, neither does that right seem to be explicitly proscribed, and we would think that the president could allow for it at his discretion. The administration’s position in this matter is not only inconsistent with generally accepted practice in the academic community. It is also, we gather, inconsistent with prior practice at DePaul; according to the president of the Faculty Council, this right was last exercised in a case in 2005. As an Association investigating committee observed in its published report on another case involving the nonrenewal of an appointment, unless nontenured faculty members who are candidates for retention are afforded an opportunity to prove that the decision to deny them reappointment violated their academic freedom, “the academic freedom assured to nontenured faculty members in a college’s stated policies and in the 1940 Statement has little meaning.” Especially because of the number and intensity of the concerns raised by the cases of Professors Finkelstein and Larudee, we urge that the DePaul administration offer them such an opportunity.

Our information about the cases of Professors Finkelstein and Larudee on which this letter is based has come to us from them and from other faculty sources at DePaul as well as from the extensive public record. We realize, however, that you may have additional information that would contribute to our understanding of what has occurred. We would therefore welcome your comments.

Sincerely,

B. Robert Kreiser
Associate Secretary

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Enclosures
cc:
Dr. Helmut P. Epp, Provost
Jose D. Padilla, Esq., Vice President and General Counsel
Dr. Charles S. Suchar, Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Professor Anne Clark Bartlett, President, Faculty Council
Professor Gil Gott, Chair, Faculty Governance Council, College of
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Professor Michael A. McIntyre, Director, International Studies
Program and President, AAUP Chapter
Professor Michael L. Budde, Chair, Department of Political Science
Professor Norman G. Finkelstein
Professor Mehrene E. Larudee



From : calicullimore[at]gmail.com
Sent : Wednesday, July 18, 2007 7:03 PM
To : president@depaul.edu
CC : normangf[at]hotmail.com
Subject : your tenure decisions

What would Jesus do?

Sincerely,
a Depaul student (and a Catholic)


From : ssalman2004[at]yahoo.com
Sent : Wednesday, July 11, 2007 1:10 PM
To : president@depaul.edu
CC : NormanGF[at]hotmail.com
Dear President Holtschneider,

I am outraged by your decision to deny tenure to Professor Finkelstein. It is an unchristian, immoral and cowardly act and you ought to be ashamed of it.

Sincerely,

S. Salman
Canada

From : khadijau[at]gmail.com
Sent : Friday, July 6, 2007 11:10 PM
To : president@depaul.edu
CC : NormanGF[at]hotmail.com
Subject : Reconsider your treatment of Prof. Finkelstein
Dear Father H.,

As a student and open-minded woman who thinks critically and with a conscience, often, in this crazy world of injustice that is our own Dr. Finkelstein's commitment to objective analysis is a ray of light, an illumination. His integrity has won him the antipathy of some of this western society's worst 'academic' specimens. Your unjust treatment of Prof. Finkelstein (your rejection of his high academic standard, your rejection of the opinion of DePaul students and faculty, your support of the views of a virulent, lying outsider who is not a member of the university, the fact that you ignored conflicts of interest and bias on the part of certain DePaul trustees and board members with links to Dershowitz who were critically analyzed in Dr. Finkelstein's work) puts you in league with the aforementioned crude academic specimens and betrays the responsibilities and sensibilities entrusted in you as the chair of an academic institution, and doubly so as the chair of a religiously affiliated academic institution. Surely altogether this contradicts your Christian faith. This is a critical moment of choice which will reveal your true priorities in this test of your character.

Sincerely,
Khadija U.

From : annette.ruzicka[at]gmail.com
Sent : Friday, July 6, 2007 3:31 PM
To : president@depaul.edu
Subject : Concerns from a DePaul student & Resolution presented at the US Social Forum 2007

President Holtschneider,

I am writing to you regarding the denials of tenure to Dr. Norman Finkelstein and Dr. Mehrene Larudee. I am deeply concerned and distraught by your decision to override the input -- and overwhelming support -- of faculty and students in your decision to deny both of these professors tenure. I am an increasingly active member of the DePaul community, will be holding a position as a Student Representative in the Political Science Department next year, am on the Dean's list, and am a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Phi Kappa Phi. I tell you this because perhaps you will take my opinion more seriously, but these are not the things that matter most to me. Up until now I have been very proud of DePaul and felt strongly that I had chosen the right university to which to transfer after leaving Skidmore College. The variety of people and viewpoints I have access to and am exposed to at DePaul is of great value to me. It is truly appalling to see those people and viewpoints limited for the most suspect of reasons.

If you have not done so, I recommend you read this response to the University Board of Promotions and Tenure's decision and your letter regarding your decision.

http://www.dissidentvoice.org/2007/06/bathos-at-depaul-university/

This is part one of three, but the picture is quite clear. I hope you will read parts two and three also. I understand that you may have other pressing matters at the moment and are hopefully inundated with letters similar to my own, but this article provides a very clear detail of the subjectivity and contradictions present in the University Board of Promotions and Tenure's written statement as well as your own.

Your decision has very real and very long-term ramifications. First, you are depriving your students, present and future, of a deeply respected and loved professor. I have personally never attended classes with Finkelstein (or Larudee for that matter) but I have listened closely to student opinion. Finkelstein's high marks on student evaluations are no accident. Second, I already know of at least one professor who has declined an invitation to speak at DePaul because of your decision. I can only assume that this will be a repeated occurrence, given the statement by the American Association of University Professors and the very bad reputation you have given to our university. Your denial of tenure to these professors tarnishes the image of the university and highlights the contradictions between the university's mission and values versus its actual practices. Third, you may have forgotten another long-term ramification: you may be losing an entire generation of alumni donors -- myself included. It would appear you are not concerned with the university's mission and values, so I present you with a monetary argument: I will not donate to DePaul, and I am not alone. Lastly, and most importantly, your decision and actions in this matter undermine academic freedom, freedom of speech, and social justice.

I would also like to state my concern with your treatment of the students who held a sit-in in your office last month. After inviting them to stay, you did not even have the courtesy to be present when the students and other participants were removed under threats of expulsion and/or arrest.

I have recently returned from the United States Social Forum in Atlanta, Georgia. While there we presented a resolution calling for support for the students and faculty at DePaul and demanding a reversal of your decision and an apology to the students, faculty, and those directly affected by your decision -- read: Dr. Finkelstein and Dr. Larudee. While I was not able to be present at the Peoples Movements Assembly where various organizations presented their resolutions, the delegate who presented the resolution tells me that there was wide support in the audience and audible gasps when the university's handling of the student protest was mentioned. I am told that the 4,600-seat theater was full of people from over 1,000 organizations from every state in the country, representing the nearly 10,000 present at the USSF and the greater numbers of those their organizations represent at home. Below is a copy of the resolution. It is uncertain if this is the final draft or if we will take the opportunity to revise our statement before the resolutions are published in September. The main issues of protecting academic freedom, freedom of speech, and social justice will remain. I wholeheartedly believe your decision is in direct violation of these values, and I find this to be unacceptable.

Unfortunately we live in a world that provides us with very few role models: very few people show us that we can and should challenge and change the world by standing up to injustice. We barely have people we can even admire. This process has given me the opportunity to see some emerge -- faculty and students alike -- who I actually can admire and who actually deserve that esteem and respect. Dr. Norman Finkelstein is one of those people. You, however, are not. But you do have the power to change that. You can provide your students with a role model. You can do that which is one of the most difficult things -- admit error, accept blame, reverse your decision.

I apologize if you have been offended by my strong language, but I do feel very strongly. I also do not know if my language has been strong enough to convey the severity and sincerity with which I write. I invite you to reply to this letter and would greatly appreciate a response to these concerns.

Sincerely,

Annette Ruzicka

Copy of draft resolution presented at the US Social Forum 2007:

We, the students of DePaul University attending the US Social Forum 2007, declare that DePaul University is in violation of its own mission to guarantee academic freedom and demonstrates disregard for the fundamental values of freedom of speech and social justice.

DePaul University denied tenure to Dr. Norman Finkelstein and Dr. Mehrene Larudee after both were approved with overwhelming support at the faculty and college levels. The administration also silenced the student protests that took place in response. The students conducted a three-day sit-in, which the University ended by threatening to arrest and/or expel those in attendance. This creates an unhealthy environment for the faculty, staff, and students of DePaul University. The University's response to the student protests are flagrant violations of freedom of speech on campus.

Further, Dr. Finkelstein's work is essential to a healthy debate regarding the Israel-Palestine conflict and is a cornerstone of social justice around the world. DePaul University's actions, especially those of President Fr. Dennis Holtschneider and Dean of Liberal Arts & Sciences Charles Suchar, demonstrate its lack of commitment to academic freedom, freedom of speech, and social justice.

We demand that the decisions to deny tenure to Dr. Norman Finkelstein and Dr. Mehrene Larudee be reversed and request an official apology to the students, the faculty, and those involved and affected by the decision.

We ask for the support of other organizations dedicated to academic freedom, freedom of speech, and social justice to join in the fight to protect these values. Please help by consulting www.finkelgate.com and www.normanfinkelstein.com for more information. If you feel strongly that DePaul has acted in violation of these values please contact the University's President at president@depaul.edu.


From : dimitrije.kostic[at]gmail.com
Sent : Friday, July 6, 2007 2:45 AM
To : DePaulPresidentsOffice@depaul.edu
CC : normangf[at]hotmail.com
Subject : Grant Norman Finkelstein tenure

Dear President Father Holtschneider,

I am deeply disappointed that Professor Norman Finkelstein was denied tenure at DePaul University last month. More disappointing than that, however, were the unconvincing rationales given by the University Board on Promotion and Tenure and, subsequently, you and your office for taking the highly unusual move of overruling the political science department's judgment on this matter. That you and the UBPT took similar measures against Mahrene Larudee, a strong supporter of Finkelstein, suggests the true motivations for this decision.

No unbiased reviewer will question Finkelstein's abundant qualifications for his job--his department certainly didn't. And nobody familiar with Finkelstein's compelling writings on the Israel-Palestine conflict and Holocaust revisionism will believe for even a second that he was denied tenure because he does not "respect and defend the free inquiry of associates." In fact, the extent to which Finkelstein and his scholarship are under shrill and frequently ad hominem attack (from "civil libertarians" like Alan Dershowitz and political groups committed to defending the Israeli government's public image from any sort of critical scrutiny) is itself an excellent reason to grant him tenure. It seems much more likely that Dershowitz & co. lobbied heavily behind the scenes (as they did at the University of California Press to prevent the publication of Finkelstein's Beyond Chutzpah, a desperate and shameful effort that even led them to attack the memory Finkelstein's late mother!) to simply snuff out a scholar to whom they are incapable of responding.

I urge you and your administration to stand up for academic freedom and reconsider the tenure decisions of both Finkelstein and Larudee.

Regards, Dimitrije Kostic

From : bekaymecca[at]yahoo.com
Sent : Thursday, July 5, 2007 3:25 PM
To : president@depaul.edu, normangf[at]hotmail.com
Subject : On a recent e-mail...

Dear Fr. Holtschneider,

A week ago, you received an e-mail along the lines of, "Dr. Finkelstein, I have no doubt, will rise to the highest peaks of academia and continue to receive the worldwide recognition he so richly deserves. As for you Fr. Holtschneider, you are destined to the dustbin of history and your name will soon be forgotten."

I would just like to say that I whole-heartedly disagree with such a thoughtless assessment. Had the writer considered it deeper, he would have concluded that, far from being destined to the dustbin of history, far from your name soon being forgotten, you will live forever.. trapped in a footnote of intellectual history:

"666. Fr. Holtschneider, DePaul University: minor rector, catapulted to overnight fame through an embarassingly transparent denial of tenure to an educator far greater than himself."

So, your fame is sealed; your name, immortal; your numerical weight, dulce et decorum. The least you could do is hand over your presidency to Norman Finkelstein for blessing you with such an honor.

Thanks for reading.

Sent : Tuesday, July 3, 2007 10:11 PM
To : president@depaul.edu
Subject : Holding the high moral ground on peace and justice

Mr. Holtschneider,

I've hesitated a while before writing you, but in the end it seems better to write a small letter, even knowing that it may well not be read, rather than stay silent.

I've thought about addressing directly the denial letter but many people have already done it quite well already. Besides, I think it would not be all that useful to state what you and everyone else know.

Instead, I thought I'd express how I feel about the decision to deny tenure to Finkelstein and Larudee.

So, first, without knowing you personally, I must say I'm convinced that you do not hold anything personal against Finkelstein/Larudee. I've been out of university for 15years, and I've seen my fair share of administrators/managers in my professional career. I think the motivation behind your decision is the same behind the decisions of countless administrators/managers: is the employee/subordinate good, bad, or irrelevant for your own career/interests? "bad" the one thing for an employee/subordinate to avoid.

Unfortunately for Finkelstein (and indirectly Larudee), he is "bad" for you. He is "bad" for you because what he has to say - all true, as shown by the letter of tenure denial which has nothing to say against his scholarship - is inconvenient for the elite/power who, in turn, have a say in were you are going from here.

If it was just a case of 2 individuals not getting along - as I've seen in the industry - it wouldn't be too dramatic.

However, here, it feels as if you are making a deal with the devil to secure your near term future, while disregarding the bigger/longer term picture: the important work that Finkelstein does to empower through knowledge those who strive for peace and justice, as well as how you will be remembered for failing to support Finkelstein.

Finkelstein stands for peace, the rights of Palestinians, and the rights of the holocaust survivors. Far from being the evil person that people are trying to portrait, he is a man who holds the high moral ground. I'm absolutely certain that Finkelstein made mistakes. But as the saying goes "Let he who is without a sin cast the first stone".

So, I'm left asking myself why you choose to make a deal with the devil rather than take the right stand - albeit more treacherous for your career - and support the Finkelstein/Larudee tenures? Is your immediate future more important than the well being of Palestinians and holocaust survivors?

I don't judge people from the title they hold, or from the clothes they wear. I judge people for what they do, and Finkelstein, with all his flaws, has all my respect. Meanwhile your decision to deny tenure to Finkelstein/Larudee gives me another reason not to take the Church seriously. But people make mistakes and can correct them, so I'll wait a few more weeks before making a final judgement as to what moral ground you stand on.

Regards,

.....

Canada

Sent : Tuesday, July 3, 2007 2:26 PM
To : DePaulPresidentsOffice@depaul.edu
Subject : Vincentian Personalism and the Finkelstein affair.

Dear Fr. Holtschneider,

I am writing to say that I am ashamed of the use of 'Vincentian Personalism" to deny the scholarship of Professor Finkelstein.

I am a graduate of Vincentian schooling at the elementary level and attended a minor seminary staffed by the Vincentian fathers.

I can not understand the use of Vincentian Personalism to make what seems to be a political judgment. The memory of the many Vincentians I knew and valued have been besmirched by your decision to reject what the faculty overwhelming approved.

The principle of Subsidiarty envoked so strongly at Vatican Council II is violated when those most involved in the scholarship judgment are rebuked.

There must be more here than is being reported.

Respectfully,

.....

Professor .....
Edgewood College of the Sacred Heart
Madison, Wisconsin

To: president@depaul.edu
Cc: hepp@depaul.edu, csuchar@depaul.edu,
Subject: Norman Finklestein's mission
Sent: Sunday, July 1, 2007 7:32 PM

Dear Fr. Dennis:

I know that you have been inundated with letters, e-mails, and calls regarding Dr. Finklestein's tenure. I am a Roman Catholic and our priests where we have attended church are Vincentians. We love the Vincentians and the SVDP society which we have supported for years. We have three adopted daughters from birth and our twins are Palestinian. Their birthmother is Roman Catholic. Her family is in exile in the USA from Ramallah(West Bank) and their family goes back to Christs' time in Palestine.

I have personally visited Israel three separate times. In 2006, my second trip a group of RC nuns at the convent I stayed encouraged me to read Bishop Elias Chacour's Blood Brothers. My wife and I read it and you should read it also Fr. Dennis and then read all the reference books Bishop Chacour recommends as I did.

I returned to Jerusalem this past Holy week with eyes that could see and ears that could hear! I attended mass this and last year at the Holy Sepulchure with the Latin Patriarchate Fr. Michel Sabbah. If you would read Fr. Sabbah's homilies you might get a better understanding of the "grave" situation the Palestinian Christians and the Palestinians in general face in the occupied lands. Even Pope Benedict XVI scolded P.M. Olmert for what has and is happening to the church in Israel.

This is where you come in Fr. Dennis. In 1948 Cardinal Spellman was solicited to go to South America in order to get two countries to reverse their "no" vote for Israel's entrance into the UN as a nation. Cardinal Spellman made two trips there and the rest is history. However, Cardinal Spellman confessed that he had committed an "irreparable sin" by conspiring with the Talmudists in the US to elect Israel in. In the midst of that bloody fighting of the 1967 war, Cardinal Spellman admitted that he felt personally responsible for all the lives lost in the UAR and Syria by the State of Israel!

Didn't Jesus say "all those that are on the side of truth hear my voice". Who are you listening to Fr. Dennis? We pray that you will have eyes to see and ears to hear and reverse your decision regarding Dr. Finklestein. You may respond "I change not". Didn't God himself change his mind regarding the sparing of Ninevah if they repented and Sodom and Gommorah if even one righteous person was found there?

Even St. Paul made "ad hominem" attacks when he called the church of Galatia a bunch of fools! Did God silence him? He probably called them worse than that but the Bible doesn't say. God used St. Paul in a mighty way just as God put Dr. Finklestein in your path in order that he has been used in a mighty way. You then silenced him!

You are supposed to be wearing the cloak of Christ and be the "alter Christus". I find Dr. Finklestein wearing the cloak of Christ and doing the work that you should be doing.

In sum, Dr. Finklestein has been the voice of your/our downtrodden; oppressed brothers and sisters in Christ in Palestine. Do you think he would bend his knee to Christ and His Church after all this?

Not only did St. Peter not want to be crucified upright as our Lord was but he probably wanted to see the world as it truly is: inverted!

.....

Subject: Vincentian Values and letter of recommendation offer
Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2007 16:55:58 -0700
To: president@depaul.edu, hepp@depaul.edu
CC: DePaulPresidentsOffice@depaul.edu, eudovic@depaul.edu, cshchar@depaul.edu

Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M.
President
DePaul University
June 26, 2007

Dear President Holtschneider;

DePaul University's web page includes the following statement:

DePaul, a Catholic, Vincentian, and urban university, takes its name from Saint Vincent de Paul. The religious community founded by Saint Vincent, commonly known as "Vincentians," established the university and endowed it with a distinctive spirit: to foster in higher education a deep respect for the God-given dignity of all persons, especially the materially, culturally, and spiritually deprived, and to instill in educated persons a dedication to the service of others.

Among the most downtrodden and materially deprived on earth are the Palestinian people. To the great credit of DePaul University, its most distinguished, best known faculty member, Professor Norman Finkelstein, has courageously presented facts surrounding the plight of the Palestinian people, and he has done so with scholarly precision. Ironically, you have chosen to punish Dr. Finkelstein for that reason, through denial of tenure. Equally egregious and indefensible is your denial of tenure to Professor Larudee for daring to speak favorably of Professor Finkelstein's work.

In carrying out these anti-Vincentian misdeeds, you have not only undermined the reputation of DePaul University, you have solidified your place in history alongside other enemies of intellectual inquiry, such as Pope Urban VIII, the persecutor of Galileo.

I strongly urge you to resign your position as president of DePaul University. Consider an alternative career. As warden of Guantanimo Bay Detention Center you could follow your inclinations to exercise ironclad control over speech and inquiry. I would be happy to write a letter of recommendation on your behalf for such a position.

Sincerely,
David Klein
Professor of Mathematics
California State University, Northridge




To: president@depaul.edu
Subject: The future of DePaul University
Sent: Saturday, June 30, 2007 3:45 AM

Dear Fr. Holtschneider,

I would like to point out one very simple and obvious factor that you overlooked in your decision to fire Dr. Finkelstein, namely its effect on the future of your institution. You see president Holtschneider, your university was not famed nor for that matter well known in the halls of academia, let alone in the world at large. Then came this superb academician whose works are recognized internationally for their high level of achievement and analytical tour de force while adhering rigorously to proof and documentation. DePaul University became a household name across the globe achieving fame and respect because its name was associated with Professor Finkelstein. From Doha to Amman, from Djakarta to Kuala Lumpur, from Buenos Aires to Caracas, your university benefited with a prestige at par with an MIT, a Cambridge or a Sorbonne thanks to the erudite Dr. Finkelstein on whose coattail the name of DePaul rose to eminence.

And how Fr. Holtschneider, did you thank him? By denying him tenure! They say that villainy is forgivable, but ingratitude is not. That is a matter for your conscience and immortal soul. But you also committed a grave strategic error for DePaul and ultimately Holy Mother Church. The flood of aspiring students, domestic and especially foreign, that you could have expected will soon be a thing of the past as Depaul becomes once again a dim remembered name. Alas, being known to be the rector of a Catholic university, your irresponsible action can only be detrimental to our Church here and abroad. I only hope that the damage you've caused can be repaired by the archiepiscopal palace and Francis Cardinal George.

Dr. Finkelstein, I have no doubt, will rise to the highest peaks of academia and continue to receive the worldwide recognition he so richly deserves. As for you Fr. Holtschneider, you are destined to the dustbin of history and your name will soon be forgotten.

.....
Davie, Florida


Sent : Friday, June 29, 2007 8:43 AM
To : president@depaul.edubr
Subject : No justice......

No justice and peace is important for DePaul University but money and power. This is the reason why Prof. Norman Finkelstein was denied tenure. Well, that is perhaps nothing new. What escaped my attention was the fact, that DePaul University is a Roman Catholic University. Hm... One might think, that truth, peace and justice, is important for Catholics.

.....


To : jblock@depaul.edu, pcallaha@depaul.edu, mmezey@depaul.edu
Sent : Wednesday, June 27, 2007 10:56 PM
CC : president@depaul.edu, hepp@depaul.edu, csuchar@depaul.edu
Subject : To the authors of the anti-Finkelstein "Minority Report"

Professors Block, Callahan, and Mezey:

I am writing you to express my utter disgust with your vicious campaign to deny Professor Norman Finkelstein tenure and promotion to associate professor at DePaul University.

Unbelievably, according to DePaul's website, among your alleged concerns are "Peace and Justice," "Confronting Empire," and "Building a New World in Solidarity" (Block); "international ethics" (Callahan); and democracy (Mezey). But then Professor Alan Dershowitz calls himself a civil libertarian, so I shouldn't be surprised.

Whereas Professor Finkelstein has published five internationally acclaimed books that have gone into 46 foreign editions, your own respective publishing records, Sirs, are rather unimpressive. Again according to DePaul's website, from 1979 through 2004 - that is, over a 25-year period - the three of you together have managed to produce only 6 books. No wonder that you, Professor Callahan, tabulate your two books, published in 1982 and 2004 respectively, as "Creative Activities" in your official curriculum vitae. Professor Finkelstein, by contrast, has published his five books in a 10-year period, from 1995 through 2005.

Professor Callahan, not only do you seem to regard writing as some kind of fancy pastime, but you also seem to hold a somewhat outlandish view of what it means to be a scholar. According to your official cv, Sir, you have been "doing some research" and your "Recent Scholarly Papers" date from 1996 and 1997. By contrast, Professor Finkelstein has been doing "an amazing amount of research" (Professor Avi Shlaim, Oxford). Yet you would have us believe that you are in a position to evaluate Professor Finkelstein's scholarship. Who's insulting whom?

The leading scholars in the fields in which Professor Finkelstein works regard him not only with respect, but with admiration. This includes the world's most renowned intellectual Noam Chomsky as well as the undisputed dean of studies on the Nazi holocaust Raul Hilberg who recently stated, "I would say that [Finkelstein's] place in the whole history of writing history is assured, and that those who in the end are proven right triumph, and he will be among those who will have triumphed, albeit, it so seems, at great cost."

Professor Finkelstein is lightyears ahead of each of you, Sirs, and no amount of slander on your part will ever change that fact. Your place in history is assured also.

Sincerely,

Maren Hackmann
Editor & Translator
Germany


Sent : Tuesday, June 26, 2007 3:58 PM
To : President Depaul president@depaul.edu, hepp@depaul.edu
Subject : Norman Finkelstein's tenure denial...

Dear Mr President

I’ll be upfront from the very start: I’m utterly disgusted with and aghast at your decision to deny Professor Norman Finkelstein tenure at DePaul’s. It is mean spirited, absolutely politically motivated, wreaks of character assassination, and totally unchristian.

Now, before you jump into conclusions, let me introduce myself. I’m 74 yrs old, Catholic, born in Mozambique and lived most of my life in Johannesburg, South Africa.

I experienced there the apartheid era and frankly those years of repression on Blacks pale into insignificance when compared with what Israel has been dishing out to the Palestinians since its inception. By denying Finkelstein tenure ( and now followed by prof. Mehrene Larudee's) you are in fact gagging one of the few credible and knowledgeable voices that speak out against such wanton oppression. In fact, you and Pope Benedict XVI are, if unwittingly, condoning and abetting Israel’s open license to ethnically-cleanse a nation, Palestine. The Pope’s recent pilgrimage to Auschwitz in atonement for the Church’s conscience is now to continue by turning a blind eye to Israel’s blatant human rights violations? A cosy accommodation with Zionism to fuel a modern anti-Islam crusade? History not only repeats itself, but also does some gruesome tricks: Once nazism was gone, then zionism reared its ugly head; apartheid died in South Africa, then it resurrected in Palestine with that obscene 8 meter tall separation wall,with its corralled Bantustans.

I mention the Pope here because knowing a little of the Church’s hierarchical structure, I have an inkling that your decision would have not been taken without consultation with, and the blessing of the Vatican. I will give you an example: More than 15 years ago, a friend of mine, Luis Ivens Ferraz, suffered from chronic terminal emphysema due to compulsive cigarette smoking. A loving woman friend offered to take care of him, moved him to her apartment and eventually they, mainly on his insistence, decided to get married. But, there was a snag: he was divorced from a previous catholic marriage and for this reason he could not remarry in the Catholic Church. For him a civil marriage was not good enough, so he insisted with his priest to arrange for the annulment of his first marriage by applying to the Vatican. The priest dragged his feet, possibly thinking this just a silly whim from a man who would in any case soon die. Eventually Luis threatened the priest with a life of tortured conscience should he die without being granted his wish. In sum, the former marriage was annulled in QuickTime, the priest eventually administered the marriage vows in his hospital bed at the Florence Nightingale Nursing Home, Johannesburg, and little more than two weeks later Luis died, and luckily, the priest, by a close shave, got his heavy conscience lightened to featherweight.

I first heard of Prof. Finklestein in mid year 2000. In those days I was getting increasingly irked by the almost daily appearances on South African TV of Jewish groups harassing Swiss and other European banks, including Portugal, for monies and gold bars stacked in their vaults stolen from holocaust victims. So they claimed. This pathological frenzy made me begin to having serious doubts about the integrity and genuineness of such claims. But self-respecting Gentiles ought not to question such things. That’s tantamount to anti-Semitism, holocaust denial... So I bottled up my annoyance. I didn’t even dare broach the subject to some of my Jewish friends in our regular coffee bar chats. I would rather talk about the mundane, and swallow the bitter pill in silence!

It was in such a frame of mind that, on a bright Sunday morning, I walked into a local bookshop and there, out of the blue, a headline hit my eye: THE BUSINESS OF DEATH, sub-titled “He’s a Jewish author – but his accusation that Zionist groups profit from hijacking the history of the Nazi genocide has made him a hate figure.”

The article was by Jay Rayner in the weekly Mail & Guardian, July 21-27, 2000.

I still carry the full article with me. I prize it because it was instrumental in helping me change my outlook and get a deeper understanding of the jaunts of the obscenely powerful of this world: Absolute Power running amok, so to speak! Here some quotes:

Finkelstein’s incendiary book argues that interest in the Holocaust arose after the 1967 Arab-Israel war not because survivors found a voice, but because an all-powerful American-Jewish lobby realised it could now be used to lend a kind of moral victim hood to an Israeli state engaged in criminal acts against the Palestinians.

The idea of a Holocaust racket surfaced years ago when Israeli foreign minister Abba Eban quipped: “There is NO BUSINESS like SHOAH BUSINESS.” Finkelstein writes:” The current campaign of the Holocaust industry to extort money from Europe in the name of ´needy Holocaust victims` has shrunk the moral stature of their martyrdom to that of a Monte Carlo casino.”

Rabbi Julia Neuberger says: “There is a sort of industry going on around the Holocaust which grows on itself. Elie Wiesel does charge a fortune and then does the wide, sad weepy eyed thing… “The Holocaust deserves to be remembered.” He (Finkelstein) just hates the way the remembering is done. – concludes the article.

Frankly, you at DePaul’s have no moral leg to stand on by denying Finkelstein tenure. Your caving in to relentless pressure, a Mafia-like vendetta, from the likes of such hyenas as Mr. Alan Dershowits and Co. is just too pathetic, to say the least. You have only one face-saving choice: rescind your decision and apologise! It’s this simple!

I just hope you, like my friend's priest, will act in time to do the right thing and lighten your conscience, before it's too late.

And just this one more thought: I wish Pope Benedict XVI would excommunicate me for my disrespect shown above, so that I could retaliate and excommunicate him back!

And you know what? I would bet my bottom dollar that God, the FATHER, would back me to the hilt; Jesus Christ, the SON, would gladly second my motion; and the HOLY SPIRIT, would rubber stamp it with a heavy thud of his fists.

Finally, what better than a quote from one who in his lifetime was also repeatedly, and mercilessly, attacked by his detractors ( and now are deservedly consigned to Oblivion's dustbin!) who mocked his despised religion and deformed sick body at one and the same time by referring to him as A. P**E. You wouldn't sink this low, surely?

RELIGION blushing veils her sacred fires,
And unawares MORALITY expires,
Nor public Flame, nor private, dares to shine;
Nor human Spark is left, nor Glimpse divine!
Lo! thy dread empire Chaos! is restor´d;
Light dies before thy uncreating word:
Thy hand, great Anarch! lets the curtain fall;
And universal Darkness buries All,
And MAKE ONE MIGHTY DUNCIAD OF ALL!

Yours faithfully

.....

Portugal

Sent : Monday, June 25, 2007 10:03 PM
To : president@depaul.edu
Subject : Dr. Norman Finkelstein

Dear Rev. Holtschneider:

Having spent thirty plus years as a Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, specializing in the Middle East, I find DePaul's denial of tenure to Norman Finkelstein appalling.

Dr. Finkelstein's scholarly contributions in the area of the Israel-Palestine conflict are enormous. The five books that Dr. Finkelstein has authored, which have been translated into 46 languages, have had a profound impact not only on the discipline, but have become required reading for anyone seeking a better understanding of the conflict. Thus, it came as no surprise that tenure was overwhelmingly recommended by the political science department, as well as the college personnel committee at DePaul. Tenure decisions are always best left to one's peers who are most familiar with the scholarly landscape and least susceptible to outside pressure.

The decision to deny Dr. Finkelstein tenure was of course the result of the predictable outcry from those who oppose justice for Palestinians. Your claims to the contrary would be laughable if not for the fact that a shining academic career has been threatened by the actions of you and the DePaul hierarchy.

Your reputation and DePaul's reputation are at stake, Rev. Holtschneider. It is your choice to either correct this monumental injustice or endure a certain unending campaign by DePaul's students, faculty, and the academy at large, as well as people of good conscience throughout the world who have been influenced by the integrity, courage and intellect of Norman Finkelstein.

Sincerely,

Naseer H. Aruri
Chancellor Professor of Political Science, Emeritus
University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth

Sent : Monday, June 25, 2007 8:27 PM
To : president@depaul.edu, hepp@depaul.edu, DePaulPresidentsOffice@depaul.edu, eudovic@depaul.edu, cshchar@depaul.edu
Subject : DePaul denial of tenure for Dr. Norman Finkelstein and Dr. Mehrene Larudee

Dear Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., Ed.D.,

There are times in the course of living our lives that there are moments of great decisions—not those decisions that may especially affect our own particular life like what job to take or what person to marry or what school to attend, but decisions that are great because they are made within a global context. Even such ordinary decisions can attain a global context as, for instance, James Meredith’s application to the segregated University of Mississippi Law School or the student’s request for service at a segregated lunch counter or Rosa Parks’ decision to sit on a seat reserved for whites on a segregated bus for public transportation.

There are a myriad of personal responses to such ordinary events that acquire a global context and, consequently, a global evaluation, a global judgment, a historical permanence. From the perspective of Catholics, consistent lifelong personal responses, as compared to occasional responses, in such matters of global context are sanctified by Sainthood.

As the Reverend Martin Luther King posed the matter, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

By all accounts, including your own, of the situation regarding the granting of tenure for Dr. Norman G. Finkelstein and Dr. Mehrene Larudee you were and are at a “time of challenge and controversy”. Your own statement, "Over the past several months, there has been considerable outside interest and public debate concerning this decision.” makes it clear that your decision was and is being made in a “time of challenge and controversy” whereby we might determine the ultimate measure of a man.

As someone has already stated, “Finkelstein is hardly guilty, as you suggest, of not being ‘objective’ in his ‘professional judgment of colleagues’, unless you think that objectivity is the same as neutrality. Nor can you think that he fails to show ‘due respect for the opinions of others’ unless you hold the absurd view that all opinions are worthy of respect.”

In everything that Dr. Finkelstein has written about the Israel's occupation and absorption of the Palestine beyond the internationally recognized 1948 or 1967 borders between Palestine and Israel, he has been in total agreement with Pope John Paul II’s statement in May of 2002. According to the Pope,

“It is time to return to the principles of international legality: the banning of acquisition of territory by force, the right of people to self-determination, respect for the resolutions of the United Nations and the Geneva convention”

In contrast, the powerful Jewish and Christian Zionist Israeli Lobby, with such prominent media spokesmen as Pat Robertson and Alan Dershowitz, have advocated policies with consequences diametrically opposed to Pope John Paul II’s stated Catholic position on the matter and in opposition to Dr. Norman Finkelstein’s and Dr. Mehrene Larudee’s support of Finkelstein's meticulously documented, scholarly analysis of Israel’s contravention and violations of the fundamental principles of international relations supported by Dr. Maureen Larudee and briefly articulated by the Pope. Such opposition is at center stage of the Lobby’s opposition to DePaul’s granting of tenure to these two professors.

I lived most of my life on the lower east side of Manhattan in New York City and as a consequence I can recall some of the lexicon that was available to me before I acquired the language which gives access to such concepts as “ad hominem”.

In the consequence of evaluating your measure as a man in a time of challenge and controversy I would state, in my acquired language, that your decision to withhold tenure from Drs. Finkelstein and Larudee places you on the wrong side of history, in support of the Israeli Lobby.

On the other hand, in my recall of the lexicon of the lower east side, I would have to state that by your decision to withhold tenure from Drs. Finkelstein and Larudee you have made the decision of a punk---and that is not an ad hominem.

Sincerely,

.....

Barre, VT.

Sent : Monday, June 25, 2007 6:05 PM
To : president@depaul.edu
CC : csuchar@depaul.edu, hepp@depaul.edu
Subject : Finkelstein's Hurtful...Facts

Father Holtschneider,

As you undoubtedly know, not a day passes that Professor Dershowitz doesn't fume about a certain piece of satire by Brazilian cartoonist Carlos Latuff. Why, do you think, Professor Dershowitz is curiously silent about the attached image, by the same artist, in which he is under direct attack by none other than Professor Finkelstein? Could it be because this one REALLY hurts, as it damn well should?

Maren Hackmann
Editor & Translator
Germany


Sent : Friday, June 22, 2007 8:42 AM
To : president@depaul.edu
Subject : Finkelstein

Dear Dr Holtshneider,

Your decision in the Finkelstein case is a disgrace.

I understand that you have denied him tenure after reading an opinion that he has been "deliberately hurtful" towards a senior Professor. By some accounts the Professor in question is an adult moreover an experienced lawyer. Whilst your human concern is touching, I think you can afford to be less sensitive.

In any event the humiliation was self-inflicted which is perhaps why the grudge has been bared so long.

Take a look at your man in action

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=03/09/24/1730205

It's a pity for De Paul to loose such an erudite academic. Maybe he will find a senior position in Europe where his subject is less political.

Best Wishes

.....

Imperial College
London

Sent : Wednesday, June 20, 2007 8:31 AM
To : president@depaul.edu
Subject : Denial of tenure to Professor Norman Finkelstein

Dear Reverend Holtschneider

We are emailing to let you know that we find it appalling that DePaul University has denied Dr Finkelstein tenure.

We are astounded that a university could treat one of their most respected professors in such a shabby way - Dr Finkelstein is held in high regard all over the world for being one of the few voices of integrity coming from the US that dares to speak out about Israel's policies. DePaul has no doubt had its reputation boosted immensely by having Dr Finkelstein on its faculty and I don't think you realise how lucky you are to have him.

There is a large movement of people here in the UK who are shocked by the way Dr Finkelstein has been treated - over here we expect our universities to encourage freedom of speech and thought, and reward individuals who have dedicated their time to producing thorough research that is aimed at exposing injustices.

I sincerely hope that Dr Finkelstein would not have been punished for holding the 'wrong views' were he to teach at a British university, but if he was I know for a fact that the student body would not stand for it.

I do not think you should be too surprised when you find that DePaul gains a reputation as a university that is hostile to, and scared of, honest and open debate as a result of this decision.

Regards

.....

London
UK

Sent : Tuesday, June 19, 2007 10:02 PM
To : president@depaul.edu
Subject : The Grinch Who Docked Finkelstein's Salary

Dear Father Holtschneider,

While Dershowitz plays the part of a Jewish high priest plotting the murder of Jesus of Nazareth; it seems you might be playing the role of Grinch who stole Christmas.

Remember how the Grinch disguised himself as Santa Claus to ruin his neighbors' Christmas? There's a similar zeal in your attack on Professor Finkelstein, including the same pointless contempt:

1.) First we learned it wasn't enough to target Finkelstein. You had to nail one of his supporters, Professor Mehrene Larudee, as well.

Oh I get it, you have the power and no-one is safe. Right.

2.) And later we learned that you had to dock Finkelstein's salary.

Honestly! Was that really necessary? Is that your idea of fun? What is wrong with you?



Never mind, Father, do what thou will. Wear that Collar all day long, sleep with it, shower with it, roll it up to snort coke off Jeff Gannon's butt. See if I care. If you're a moral leader, then Dershowitz is Voltaire.

All told, I suspect you are a compromised person, a Zionist-patsy-frontman used to silence some of the best and most damning criticism of Israel. I also suspect this explains why a relatively young, relatively unproven nobody got whisked into the DePaul presidency after Finkelstein was hired.

Sincerely,
.....

Sent: Tue, 19 Jun 2007 08.22
To: president@depaul.edu
Subject: Denial of Tenure for Doctors Norman Finkelstein and Mehrene Larudee

Dear Fr. Dennis Holtschneider

Please bear with me in taking the liberty of contacting you about what, in normal circumstances, should be a matter for your institution alone. However, since you have yourself made your detailed decision in at least Doctor Finkelstein's case public, I understand that to mean you recognise the circumstances are far from normal.

Let me say straight away that the history of the scholarship of Doctor Finkelstein, both before and during his period at your University, make this very clearly a matter of academic freedom, integrity and honesty in scholarship.

Your decision letter, which I have read most thoroughly and thoughtfully, made the case for denial of tenure based on your characterisation of Doctor Finkelstein as someone who fails to achieve some minimal norms of 'collegiality'; that he engages in frequent 'personal attacks' on those that disagree with him and that he does not 'respect and defend the free enquiry of associates' nor 'show due respect for the opinion of others'.

These are most serious charges and, given that you accept that Doctor Finkelstein's literary scholarship and teaching excellence more than meet the requirements for tenure, one would expect to have specific examples to back up those charges. Alas, you provide none.

That lack of justification in the form of verifiable proof for your charges against Doctor Finkelstein - rather than just third-party expressed 'opinion' - is a very serious omission on your part and of itself places your decision in a position of serious weakness. Moreover, it is disquieting coming from an academic like yourself, given that one could assume and hope that your former academic training would have imbued in you the need to back your arguments with facts. Such a lack of intellectual rigour rather places you at risk of a greater academic failing than the charge you lay against Doctor Finkelstein. After all, while it has been said that in some fields of academic study Harvard was not somewhere that could be faithfully relied upon to supervise its graduate students (see the late Baruch Kimmerling, George S. Wise Professor of Sociology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the case of the Phd thesis of Daniel Goldhagen) one hopes that your studies at Harvard were of a more rigorous nature.

So to come to these charges of personal attacks.

Doctor Finkelstein has, since the mid 1980s, been subject to the most personal attacks ('Holocaust Denier', 'Holocaust Minimizer', 'Anti-Semite', 'Self-Hating Jew') from a large number of people. That in itself is nothing out of the ordinary in these - Israeli, Zionist and Arab-Israeli Conflict studies - most difficult of subject areas.

However, every single one of those forms of attack have been made against Doctor Finkelstein by a wide-array of well-known ACADEMICS and specifically by the Harvard Professor of Law Alan Dershowitz. And much more. Dershowitz has publicy verbalised and written, out and out lies about Doctor Finkelstein. You will know of that since your colleague, DePaul Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean Charles Suchar and others at DePaul (as well as yourself for all anyone knows) have read the Dershowitz Dossier of charges against Finkelstein. If you have not read it (and I would be somewhat astounded if you hadn't) then please consult the in depth study of the Dershowitz 'List' and 'Dossier' of charges against Doctor Finkelkstein by Dr Frank J Menetrez JD. I don't need to repeat here Dr Menetrez's academic qualificationsor awards. You can find those out for yourself. But here is a link to the very detailed analysis of the Dershowitz charges by Dr Menetrez:
http://counterpunch.org/menetrez04302007.html

You would have to have a very strange take on the truth and verifiable facts if, having read Dr Menetrez's work, you did not at the very least come to the conclusion that some kind of witch-hunt was being waged against Doctor Finkelstein - and that would hold sway even if Dershowitz's own writing 'The Case for Israel' had not itself been proven to be so faulty as to be a scandal in itself.

Let us be clear about one thing. Doctor Finkelstein's area of scholarly writings focusses on systematically dissecting widely read and published theses on the Holocaust, Zionism and the Arab-Israeli conflict. You will know that his doctoral thesis on Zionism proved the total fabrication of 'From Time Immemorial' by Joan Peters; that his book 'The Holocaust Industry' proved the lack of merit in the settlements made with Swiss Banks; that his book 'Beyond Chutzpah...' proved that Alan Dershowitz employed fabrication, distortion, failure within established academic protocols to cite sources used, and reproduced verbatim - including original author errors - large parts of Joan Peters's discredited work referred to earlier.We see therefore, that it is in fact Doctor Finkelstein himself who has been subject to the most brutal consequences of a lack of 'collegiality'; 'ad hominem' attacks and 'character assassination' covering a period of over 20 years. Even the most cursory examination of the comments of the most respected world figures in the same academic field of studies as Doctor Finkelstein, would place your decision to deny tenure perilously close to being an act that was in concert with the campaign against Doctor Finkelstein. A campaign that seeks to remove him from a position of teaching - not because he is a 'bad' teacher; not because he is a 'failed' scholar; not because he is a 'faulty' scholar; not because his is a scholar of works that have been proven to be 'inaccurate', 'false', 'fabricated' or in any other way not to be trusted. On the contrary, precisely because his scholarship has quite simply lifted the lid on exactly those transgressions in others.

I suggested a cursory examination of the comments of the most highly respected world figures in the relevant field of studies. Let us examine just a few. These people need no introduction as I am sure you are acquainted with their academic credentials.

Raul Hilberg:

On attacks on Doctor Finkelstein:

- "Finkelstein was the first to publish what was happening in his book The Holocaust Industry. And when I was asked to endorse the book, I did so with specific reference to these claims. I was also struck by the fact that Finkelstein was being attacked over and over...but I was saying the same thing, and I had published my results in that three-volume work, published in 2003 by Yale University Press, and I did not hear from anybody a critical word about what I said, even though it was the same substantive conclusion that Finkelstein had offered."

- "it was clear to me already years ago that some campaigns were launched -- from what sector, I didn't know -- to remove him from the academic world."

- "But there is very clearly a campaign, which was made very obvious in the Wall Street Journal, when Professor Dershowitz wrote in a style which is highly uncharacteristic of the editorial page of this newspaper."

On tenure:

"I will say,.. that I am impressed by the analytical abilities of Finkelstein. He is, when all is said and done, a highly trained political scientist who was given a PhD degree by a highly prestigious university. This should not be overlooked."

"It takes an enormous amount of academic courage to speak the truth when no one else is out there to support him."

"That takes a great amount of courage in and of itself. So I would say that his place in the whole history of writing history is assured, and that those who in the end are proven right triumph, and he will be among those who will have triumphed.."

Avi Schlaim:

"I think very highly of Professor Finkelstein. I regard him as a very able, very erudite and original scholar who has made an important contribution to the study of Zionism, to the study of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and, in particular, to the study of American attitudes towards Israel and towards the Middle East."

"Professor Finkelstein exposed it (Joan Peters's 'From Time Immemorial')* as a hoax, and he showed how dishonest the scholarship or spurious scholarship was in the entire book. And he paid the price for his courage, and he has been a marked man, in a sense, in America ever since. His most recent book is Beyond Chutzpah, follows in the same vein of criticizing and exposing biases and distortions and falsifications in what Americans write about Israel ('The Case for Israel' by Dershowitz)* and about the Middle East. So I consider him to be a very impressive and a very learned and careful scholar."

(* my additions for explanation above in italics)

"his style is very polemical"..."but what really matters in the final analysis is the content, and the content of his books, in my judgement, is of very high quality."

"His last book, Beyond Chutzpah, is based on an amazing amount of research. He seems to have read everything. I find his critique extremely detailed, well-documented and accurate."

Now a purely 'academic' judgement from a UK-based Jewish Zionist, Emeritus Professor of Government, University of Manchester, United Kingdom - Norman Geras:

1) ..extrapolating from what I have read, I'd reckon he was perfectly eligible for tenure.

2) The support for Finkelstein from a scholar of Raul Hilberg's stature.

3) The fact, as reported, that Finkelstein's 'department and a college-level personnel committee both voted in favour of tenure'.

4) The letter received by Finkelstein explaining why tenure had been denied him:

The three-page note cites Finkelstein's "deliberately hurtful" scholarship along with his lack of involvement with the school and his tendency for public clashes with other scholars.

"In the opinion of those opposing tenure, your unprofessional personal attacks divert the conversation away from consideration of ideas, and polarize and simplify conversations that deserve layered and subtle consideration..."

These complaints - 'hurtful' scholarship, 'public clashes with other scholars', and 'polarizing' or 'simplifying' conversations - may say something about how Finkelstein is perceived by many and, indeed, about the sort of person he is, but from the point of view of upholding academic freedom, they are not reassuring ones. The President of DePaul may be satisfied that 'academic freedom is alive and well' at his university, but it needs to demonstrate that its decision in this case hasn't betrayed that principle. You don't have either to agree with or to warm to Norman Finkelstein to find the decision suspect, at best."

See: http://normblog.typepad.com/normblog/2007/06/norman_finkelst.html

I have not commented on the issue of Doctor Finkelstein exhibiting a lack of 'Vincentian' values by DePaul LAS Dean Suchar, since the very idea is not just an unwarranted insult of massive proportions but simply ludicrous. Doctor Finkelstein's Phd thesis and his exposure of the falsity and fabrication in Joan Peters's book 23 years ago, by itself, was an act of such worthy scholarship; personal courage and of such benefit to the souls and daily lives of millions of Palestinians, that it was of itself a 'Vincentian' act most unlikely ever to be matched by those who so wantonly accuse him lacking such values.

In conclusion, I sincerely hope that you will now initiate an immediate re-examination of your decision in both cases and grant tenure - in the interests of your students and your college since they are the most direct victims of your original, mistaken and insupportable decision.

Yours sincerely

Martin Brewster
Newmarket
Suffolk
United Kingdom
Alumnus - London School of Economics and Political Science, 1988, BA(Hons) Government and Political Theory
Sent : Tuesday, June 19, 2007 3:12 AM
To : DePaulPresidentsOffice@depaul.edu
Subject : Refused invitation to DePaul

Dear President Holtschneider,


I just received an invitation to participate in a DePaul course as a guest lecturer next Fall in the Latin American Studies department. With regret I had to inform my colleague, a member of your faculty, that I cannot in good conscience accept this invitation due to to the patently unfair treatment of Professors Finkelstein and Larudee.

Yours
Ali Abunimah
University of Chicago

Subject: DePaul denial of tenure for Professor Norman Finkelstein and Professor Mehrene Larudee
Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2007 02:50:00 +0100
To: president@depaul.edu, hepp@depaul.edu
CC: DePaulPresidentsOffice@depaul.edu, eudovic@depaul.edu, cshchar@depaul.edu

Dear Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., Ed.D.

It was with a very deep and real sense of injustice that I decided to contact you about the seriously flawed judgement in your decision to deny tenure to Doctors Finkelstein and Larudee.

I have read, in full and many times your published reasons in the case of Doctor Finkelstein. Since you have erred in, the most deleterious way in your lack of any justification for your decision in the case of Doctor Larudee, I cannot comment in any detail but I think you are aware enough to understand what conclusions a reasonable outside observer could come to.

The issue really is not the personality, social skills or collegiality of Doctor Finkelstein.

It is precisely because of the nature of his field of scholarly work; his record as far back as his Graduate studies at Princeton; the peer review and simply quite outstanding acknowledgements that internationally respected scholars have have granted his work, that the issue comes down to one of academic freedom and integrity.

It is simply an insult to suggest that notwithstanding his record as 'an excellent teacher..popular and effective in the classroom* ... a nationally known scholar and public intellectual..provocative, challenging and intellectually interesting' and yet deny him tenure on the basis that, because his field of studies and the conclusions his research have come to, have generated the most swingeing personal attacks and opprobrium upon him, that his very confident and even strident response to such, often totally unfounded and unsupported attacks have been steadfast.

(*The record seems to indicate that Doctor Finkelstein has a proven and verifiable record of teaching excellence that you should be proud to retain at De Paul)

How do you expect him to respond to the most bitter and personal attacks from a world-famous learned Professor of Law - as just one example - when he Finkelstein has proven, beyond a doubt for a very large number of respected authorities in the academic world far and away greater than just the United States, that the learned Law Professor has totally fabricated attacks on him, Doctor Finkelstein; has fabricated and plagiarised material in his - the Law professor's - own writings; has made the most insidious personal attacks on Doctor Finkelstein?

And you have the breath-taking audacity to accuse Doctor Finkelstein, a lowly paid and positioned assistant professor of lacking 'collegiality' and engaging in 'ad hominem' attacks, when the reality is that it is he, Doctor Finkelstein, who has faced just such real behaviour and such character assassination from an established, tenured, wealthy Harvard Law Professor.

You seem not to have given the slightest allowance for the circumstances in which Doctor Finkelstein was the first (and single handed) scholar to have proved the utter fabrication of the work called 'From Time Immemorial' by Joan Peters; the immeasurable benefit of his scholarship to the current and historical communities of the middle east and world understanding in general; conversely the embarrassment that caused to innumerable academics, journalists and publications who, initially, refused to acknowledge Doctor Finkelstein's work, and the consequent harm that did to Doctor Finkelstein personally and academically.

You have made a decision that is not only blatantly wrong-headed in intellectual, factual and terms of integrity and honesty but it lacks even one tiny grain of understanding or compassion for Doctor Finkelstein himself.

In that sense you have besmirched the very essence of 'Vincentian' values and it is repulsive that you seek to use those in support of your decision - one that is quite a simply a travesty.

It is not possible for me to take seriously your statement that you 'ignored' the outside influences, and in particular the grossly unprofessional, dishonest and - factually destroyed - dossier of the the personage now almost seen as a laughing-stock by most right-minded people, in the form of the Harvard Law Professor. I don't wish to expand on how your decision is really understood, either by its supporters or opponents because, be very clear, you are now seen as the 'enabler' of a strand of thought within US society by the very people who wished that decision.

Rev. Holtschneider, I ask you to place your erroneous decision in the cases of Doctors Finkelstein and Larudee alongside these parts of your University's website: ' DePaul's commitment to diversity ', ' Inauguration: Celebrating DePaul at its best', 'DePaul is recognized by Carnegie Foundation for dedication to community engagement', 'Recognized for Academic Excellence', 'A Passion for Service and Social Justice' .

Please contemplate for one moment what meaning any of those statements can now have so long as your decision on Finkelstein and Larudee stand. You are being watched not just in Chicago, not just in the United States or North America generally but throughout the world.

Your institution is now a focus of attention the like of which you can be certain that it has never had in its entire history.

If you do not overturn your decision on the basis of a fair and reasonable - and entirely acceptable - re-examination of all the facts and principles, then you personally will be held responsible for enduring damage to your current and future students; the current and future livelihood of your institution and establish an almost unprecedented method and reasoning for the strangulation of academic freedom and the unmitigated narrowing of the broad canons of academic acceptable behaviour. You will be condemned (indeed already are being condemned) throughout world-wide academia.

It will be a personal albatross around your neck that will without a shadow of doubt follow you personally for the rest of your life. And rightly so.

You can do the right thing, the honourable thing and you should do it - not for yourself, not just for Doctors Finkelstein and Larudee, even though they surely deserve it, you should do it for the current and future students of De Paul - it is their interests that you should be concerned with above all else and those interests demand that you grant tenure to the very teachers that they want.

Yours truly

.....
BA Hons (Lond)
Hackney
London
England

Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2007 20:31:36 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Tenure of Dr. Finkelstein
To: president@depaul.edu
CC: mbudde@depaul.edu

Dear Rev. Holtschneider,

I am writing to express my concern about DePaul University's silence regarding the tenure case of Norman Finkelstein, an assistant professor in your Department of Political Science. My attention has been drawn to DePaul University's recent decision to deny Finkelstein tenure due to the troubling reports in the "Chronicle of Higher Education" and to Prof. Alan Dershowitz' active lobbying for this decision among DePaul University faculty.

Prof. Dershowitz' intervention was correctly rebuked by DePaul. However, in the face of public demand for clarification, the university has kept silent. In the absence of information from DePaul, others have taken the task on themselves to explain the tenure decision for the university. I suppose it should not be a surprise that Prof. Dershowitz--whose interest in this affair seems to be completely out of proportion--is one of them.

Taking on the role of a self-designated DePaul spokesman, Prof. Dershowitz explained this past Thursday to readers of the respected British newspaper, "The Guardian", that DePaul's tenure decision process had concluded that Assistant Professor Finkelstein was guilty of "bigotry" and his work amounts to "unscholarly, ad hominem propaganda". Does DePaul consider Dr. Finkelstein's publications to be "propaganda"? Does DePaul consider Dr. Finkelstein a bigot and "anti-Semite" as Prof. Dershowitz suggests? Reading Prof. Dershowitz' article, one wonders how could such a person be hired even as an Assistant Professor at DePaul University?

Prof. Dershowitz not only publicly presumes to have special insight into DePaul's decision to deny tenure, but he accuses DePaul's "radical" Department of Political Science of "having cooked the books" regarding their tenure evaluation of Dr. Finkelstein. Minimally, DePaul should stand up for its own departments against such gratuitous criticism and should not allow outside intriguers to presume to speak for the university. In this case, like many others in history, silence is not meritorious.

I would also suggest however that DePaul demonstrate its confidence in its tenure system and respond forthrightly to the serious concerns raised by the "Chronicle of Higher Education" concerning the Finkelstein case. The unusual--unprecedented to my knowledge--involvement of a outside professor campaigning publicly and privately against the tenure of another makes this case an exceptional one. To clarify elements of this involvement and the measures subsequently taken should only strengthen public and faculty confidence in DePaul as an institute of higher learning where academic freedom is encouraged. On the other hand, your current silence undermines confidence in the tenure decision and suggests that perhaps Dr. Finkelstein has indeed been wronged.

Respectfully yours,
.....



Sent : Monday, June 18, 2007 9:50 PM
To : president@depaul.edu, hepp@depaul.edu
CC : DePaulPresidentsOffice@depaul.edu, eudovic@depaul.edu, cshchar@depaul.edu
Subject : DePaul denial of tenure for Professor Norman Finkelstein and Professor Mehrene Larudee

Dear Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., Ed.D.

It was with a very deep and real sense of injustice that I decided to contact you about the seriously flawed judgement in your decision to deny tenure to Doctors Finkelstein and Larudee.

I have read, in full and many times your published reasons in the case of Doctor Finkelstein. Since you have erred in, the most deleterious way in your lack of any justification for your decision in the case of Doctor Larudee, I cannot comment in any detail but I think you are aware enough to understand what conclusions a reasonable outside observer could come to.

The issue really is not the personality, social skills or collegiality of Doctor Finkelstein.

It is precisely because of the nature of his field of scholarly work; his record as far back as his Graduate studies at Princeton; the peer review and simply quite outstanding acknowledgements that internationally respected scholars have have granted his work, that the issue comes down to one of academic freedom and integrity.

It is simply an insult to suggest that notwithstanding his record as 'an excellent teacher..popular and effective in the classroom* ... a nationally known scholar and public intellectual..provocative, challenging and intellectually interesting' and yet deny him tenure on the basis that, because his field of studies and the conclusions his research have come to, have generated the most swingeing personal attacks and opprobrium upon him, that his very confident and even strident response to such, often totally unfounded and unsupported attacks have been steadfast.

(*The record seems to indicate that Doctor Finkelstein has a proven and verifiable record of teaching excellence that you should be proud to retain at De Paul)

How do you expect him to respond to the most bitter and personal attacks from a world-famous learned Professor of Law - as just one example - when he Finkelstein has proven, beyond a doubt for a very large number of respected authorities in the academic world far and away greater than just the United States, that the learned Law Professor has totally fabricated attacks on him, Doctor Finkelstein; has fabricated and plagiarised material in his - the Law professor's - own writings; has made the most insidious personal attacks on Doctor Finkelstein?

And you have the breath-taking audacity to accuse Doctor Finkelstein, a lowly paid and positioned assistant professor of lacking 'collegiality' and engaging in 'ad hominem' attacks, when the reality is that it is he, Doctor Finkelstein, who has faced just such real behaviour and such character assassination from an established, tenured, wealthy Harvard Law Professor.

You seem not to have given the slightest allowance for the circumstances in which Doctor Finkelstein was the first (and single handed) scholar to have proved the utter fabrication of the work called 'From Time Immemorial' by Joan Peters; the immeasurable benefit of his scholarship to the current and historical communities of the middle east and world understanding in general; conversely the embarrassment that caused to innumerable academics, journalists and publications who, initially, refused to acknowledge Doctor Finkelstein's work, and the consequent harm that did to Doctor Finkelstein personally and academically.

You have made a decision that is not only blatantly wrong-headed in intellectual, factual and terms of integrity and honesty but it lacks even one tiny grain of understanding or compassion for Doctor Finkelstein himself. In that sense you have besmirched the very essence of 'Vincentian' values and it is repulsive that you seek to use those in support of your decision - one that is quite a simply a travesty.

It is not possible for me to take seriously your statement that you 'ignored' the outside influences, and in particular the grossly unprofessional, dishonest and - factually destroyed - dossier of the the personage now almost seen as a laughing-stock by most right-minded people, in the form of the Harvard Law Professor. I don't wish to expand on how your decision is really understood, either by its supporters or opponents because, be very clear, you are now seen as the 'enabler' of a strand of thought within US society by the very people who wished that decision.

Rev. Holtschneider, I ask you to place your erroneous decision in the cases of Doctors Finkelstein and Larudee alongside these parts of your University's website: ' DePaul's commitment to diversity ', ' Inauguration: Celebrating DePaul at its best', 'DePaul is recognized by Carnegie Foundation for dedication to community engagement', 'Recognized for Academic Excellence', 'A Passion for Service and Social Justice' .

Please contemplate for one moment what meaning any of those statements can now have so long as your decision on Finkelstein and Larudee stand. You are being watched not just in Chicago, not just in the United States or North America generally but throughout the world.

Your institution is now a focus of attention the like of which you can be certain that it has never had in its entire history.

If you do not overturn your decision on the basis of a fair and reasonable - and entirely acceptable - re-examination of all the facts and principles, then you personally will be held responsible for enduring damage to your current and future students; the current and future livelihood of your institution and establish an almost unprecedented method and reasoning for the strangulation of academic freedom and the unmitigated narrowing of the broad canons of academic acceptable behaviour.

You will be condemned (indeed already are being condemned) throughout world-wide academia.

It will be a personal albatross around your neck that will without a shadow of doubt follow you personally for the rest of your life. And rightly so.

You can do the right thing, the honourable thing and you should do it - not for yourself, not just for Doctors Finkelstein and Larudee, even though they surely deserve it, you should do it for the current and future students of De Paul - it is their interests that you should be concerned with above all else and those interests demand that you grant tenure to the very teachers that they want.

Yours truly

.....

BA Hons (Lond)
Hackney
London
England


Sent : Monday, June 18, 2007 3:51 PM
CC : DePaulPresidentsOffice@depaul.edu Subject : FW: Finkelstein

Dear Professor Finkelstein

like many other people around the world, I was appalled to hear about DePaul University's decision to deprive you of a tenure to which you are fully entitled as an outstanding academic who possesses an admirable integrity, exceptional analytical power, and prodigious knowledge of your subjects.

It is a sad day for academic freedom when a person of your stature and integrity is treated this way in a supposedly free and democratic society. I have no doubt that you will be offered other opportunities to continue your work by academic institutions that truly honour their duty to academic freedom.

Yours sincerely

.....
Brooklyn
Wellington
New Zealand

Sent : Monday, June 18, 2007 12:14 PM
To : president@depaul.edu
Subject : Prof. Finkelstein

June 18, 2007

Father Dennis Holtschneider
President, DePaul Unicersity
Chicago, Illinois

Dear Father Holtschneider:

DePaul's denial of tenure for Professor Norman G. Finkelstein is very disturbing because in so doing, the University chooses its material comfort over the spiritual essence of a Renaissance University; this is a liberal intellectual laboratory.

DePaul's judgment resembles the "Collaborator" mentality of the Second World War with all its terrifying consequences.

For the sake of Humanity, the Catholic Church and DePaul University, please reconsider your position with respect of Professor Finkelstein's tenure.

Sincerely,

.....

Northwestern University
Medical School
Chicago, Illinois USA


Sent : Monday, June 18, 2007 9:13 AM
To : president@depaul.edu
Subject : Norman Finkelstein

Dear Professor Holtschneider

I write to you as a retired teacher of Philosophy, formerly a lecturer in the University of Wales, and a founding member of the Council for Academic Freedom and Academic Standards, to express my dismay at your decision to refuse tenure to Norman Finkelstein and to dismiss him.

In defending your position, you refer more than once in your letter to him to ‘ad hominem attacks’ he has made upon other scholars, thus endorsing the complaint made publicly against him by Alan Dershowitz..

As I’m sure I don’t need to point out to you, ‘ad hominem’ refers to the fallacy of inferring the falsity of a statement from the bad character of the individual making it. But I’m not sure if you and Dershowitz understand the term in its technical sense. The implication of your use of the logician’s term of art is that Finkelstein is guilty of a scholarly offence: but I doubt that you could point to an instance of it in his writings. To the contrary, Finkelstein draws adverse conclusions about an individual’s character from the falsity of what he or she says, a perfectly reasonable procedure (where the falsity can’t be put down to innocent error). In drawing such conclusions Finkelstein is hardly guilty, as you suggest, of not being ‘objective’ in his ‘professional judgement of colleagues’, unless you think that objectivity is the same as neutrality. Nor can you think that he fails to show ‘due respect for the opinions of others’ unless you hold the absurd view that all opinions are worthy of respect.

Unlike many scholars, Finkelstein writes about things which are of the greatest practical and moral concern to those outside the academy. He is openly partisan; but no conflict has been demonstrated between his partisanship for the oppressed and his scholarship, which meets the highest standards. You have taken the side of the oppressors, and their apologists, against him. It’s a sad day for the University you represent.

I shall forward this message to the Board of Trustees.

Yours sincerely

......

Sent : Sunday, June 17, 2007 1:25 AM
Subject : Reversing Tenure Decision? Letter to DePaul Admin.

Dear Father Holtschneider,

I have been aware for some four years of Norman Finkelstein's work on Palestine and the Holocaust. Indeed my interest was spark ed by the decision of some colleagues to add my department's support to an association which sponsored his visit to a neighboring university in Waterloo, Ontario. In the following weeks I was involved in the worst dispute in a forty-year academic career. I was disturb ed by Professor Finkelstein's argument that the "Holocaust Industry" was cynically manipulating the sufferings of a past generation to justify oppression of the Palestinian people, his statement to a German newspaper that the number of victims of the Holocaust, which was real enough, had been exaggerated a little for political purposes, his claim that David Irving has been or was "a good historian", the shrillness of the academic debates in which he engaged, his awful ad hominem attack on Elie Wiesel, and his failure adequately to condemn the anti-Semites who use his work. I was perturbed that my Gentile colleagues could endorse so one-sided a perspective and both opposed and reversed the decision to sponsor him. Some four years later many of my reservations remain for very good reason, but I have now shifted my opinion somewhat, and I am profoundly disturb ed by the decision of the DePaul administration to deny tenure to Dr. Finkelstein. I was wrong four years ago. The administration at DePaul is wrong now. Institutions seldom reverse their opinions, but sometimes there are good reasons for doing so.

Dr. Finkelstein has demonstrated in his historical writing that Israeli claims that no ethnic cleansing occurred in the war of independence are patently false, albeit it was not as malign as some more recent examples. He has vocally condemned the outrageous excesses of recent Israeli governments. A number of renown ed scholars have attested to the soundness of much of his work, including his refutation of the arguments of Goldhagen. His departmental colleagues have voted in support of his tenure. While I do think some of his work unintentionally panders to anti-Semites, he does not personally seek to incite hatred of any ethnic group, including his own. I read his web site not infrequently. It is at very least provocative. I find it ironic that his main opponent continues to hold an unchallenged position in the most revered American institution of higher learning some years after publishing an article justifying the use of torture in exceptional circumstances. I note that this is not the first firing at DePaul and that last year a Zionist, part-time faculty member was dismissed after an unruly confrontation with some anti-Israeli students. One wonders if anybody had forthcoming decisions in mind at that time. It might appear so to some.

If institutions like free speech, habeas corpus and academic tenure mean anything, they must survive the most arduous tests. Polite disagreements among members of ruling elites do not try the limits of liberty. Not only is the erosion of freedom since 9/11 morally reprehensible, it has also shown how thin our commitment to democracy really is. Personally I may find some of Dr. Finkelstein's arguments highly irritating, naive and even insulting (although I share and applaud his dislike of the oppression of Palestinians), and I know that there is a multitude that shares my unease and disquiet. Almost everyone who thinks at all has some opinions that perturb others. Academic civility is indeed a noble principle, but the preservation of liberty is a higher one. Please, Father Holtschneider, reconsider your decision.

Yours sincerely,

.....

Wilfrid Laurier University,
Waterloo , Ontario, Canada.
Subject: F.A.O. Rev Holtschneider regarding Norman Finkelstein
Date: Sun, 17 Jun 2007 15:39:02 +0100
To: DePaulPresidentsOffice@depaul.edu

Dear Rev. Holtschneider,

I am a political economist writing from Manchester, England.

I am writing to ask you to please reconsider the decision to deny tenure to Dr Norman Finkelstein. Finkelstein, as you must know, is an anti-Zionist Jewish scholar who has some very formidable and powerful political opponents in the shape of the US Zionist lobby. It take a lot of courage to stand up to these people who are backed by all the resources of the Israeli government.

Finkelstein writes about extremely important issues which are central to understanding the present political quagmire in the Middle East. I refer to the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. His expert scholarship in this field is too valuable and it is a disgrace that his reputation is being undermined so unfairly by the loss of his post at your institution.

The exchange between Dershowitz and Finkelstein is analysed fairly in the article appended to this message. I urge you to read it and then ask yourself why it is that Finkelstein now faces the real prospect of unemployment while Dershowitz remains in his post at Harvard.

Sincerely,

.....

Manchester, England


Sent : Saturday, June 16, 2007 12:06 AM
To : president@depaul.edu
Subject : tenure decision

Dear Rev. Holtschneider,

It is claimed that Norman Finkelstein was denied tenure due in large part to charges of disrespectful behavior. All agree that he is highly regarded by his students. He is described by even his critics as being one of the most respected and popular teachers at DePaul. Thus, complaints of his offensive manner must pertain to individuals outside of DePaul. According to the president's letter, Finkelstein was denied tenure due to accusations of being "deliberately hurtful' and 'inflammatory', of carrying out 'ad hominem attacks' with a lack of 'respect' toward others.

However, the documented record shows just the opposite is true. Finkelstein's public debates and lectures around the country have been recorded on video for all to review. Note the interruptions during his speaking engagements. Watch the Q and A's after his speaking engagements when individuals call him names and insult his family. Finkelstein shows great composure and tolerance in dealing with these interruptions. Considering the amount of personal attacks that have been leveled at him over the years, his restraint in responding in kind has been amazing. These attacks were led by the tenured Dershowitz (slandering Finkelstein's mother, no less) among others. Jimmy Carter wisely refused to even enter into a debate with Dershowitz for these reasons.

For argument's sake, however, let's concede that Finkelstein makes inflammatory remarks and is disrespectful to some outside of DePaul University. Let's assume these people need to be protected from Finkelstein's hurtful lack of respect (and who exactly? Dershowitz? Elie Weisel? Edgar Bronfman?) And let's weigh that need with other issues: namely, DePaul students having access to one of the top rated teachers/authors at the school and supporting open discussion of crucial topics. Which consideration is more important: students having a model of a public dissenting voice and rigorous scholar, or protecting the likes of Dershowitz and Bronfman, etc from offense? Those furthest removed from the classroom have already answered this question.

I should add that although this conflict is ostensibly about the politics of academia, this issue is not simply 'academic'. Finkelstein researches, debates and publicizes matters of significant human importance. An informed citizenship in the US is the foundation on which foreign policy changes are initiated. When inquiry and debate on these issues are stifled there will be a human toll. Silencing Finkelstein's dissent drives one more nail into the coffin of the Palestinian people. Silencing Finkelstein's dissent helps delay a lasting peace for all peoples in the Mid East. Silencing Finkelstein's dissent diminishes the hopes of holocaust survivors who are still being denied just allocation of financial settlements.

Thank you,



Subject: letters sent--utterdly disgusted with De Paul.
Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2007 15:52:45 -0800
Dear Dr. Holtschneider,

I am a professor at a Catholic college in California which though smaller, is comparable to DePaul. The LaSallian values St. Mary’s College espouses are not dissimilar to those Vincentian values of your university. Yet to see that you denied Prof. Finklestein tenure, after positive reviews by two faculty committees, as well as excellent teaching evaluations, makes me wonder if Vincentian values are spoken only and not acted upon at DePaul. It is a sad day not just for freedom of speech but also for Catholic institutions of higher learning when political considerations override academic ones. Sadly this will once more make so many of us believe that when it comes to exposing the truth about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in the United States at least, this is not possible. Unfortunately the fact that you lacked the courage to support Dr. Finklestein’s tenure will frighten young scholars from doing objective research in the field and leave us with the usual one-sided publications which already proliferate in academia and in the American press. Is it perhaps because the Christian Brothers of St. Mary’s have a College in Bethlehem and have seen first hand the repression wrought on their students and the residents of the West Bank by Israeli policies that I think our president, Brother Ron Gallagher FSC, PhD. would not have succumbed to such pressure?

Sincerely yours,

.....

Professor and Chair
St. Mary’s College of California

To DePaul University Administration, and to the DePaul University President in particular,

As a doctoral candidate in history at the University of Chicago, I have been closely following the story of Norman Finkelstein's and Mehrene Larudee's denial of tenure. I am not only appalled by the university's decision, I am also dismayed and worried about its implication for academic freedom. I am familiar with the work of Dr. Finkelstein and have heard him speak on many occasions. He is a top-rate scholar, outstanding teacher, and passionate in his beliefs. His style may be brash, his views controversial, but this should have no bearing on his qualifications for tenure; making powerful enemies through one's lawful writings and activism is not grounds for purging him. With his publications and teaching evaluations, he should not only have been granted tenure, but a full professorship. Overtuning the decision of his department and the college review board is a colossal mistake in judgment in my opinion, and it should be reversed. All public evidence points to outside pressure and publicity as having been the prime motive for this unfortunate decision, and I believe it will irreparably scar DePaul's reputation. I urge the administration and the President to reverse this decision, and as a concerned academic and citizen, I will support Finkelstein and Larudee's struggle for academic freedom. I can say with much certainty that many of my colleagues in my department and my institution agree with the views I have expressed here.

Sincerely,

.....

Department of History,
The University of Chicago


Sent : Friday, June 15, 2007 7:19 PM
To : dmattson@depaul.edu
Subject : DePaul denies Dr Finkelstein tenure

To: De Paul University

I am not sure if this is the correct email address to contact and if it isn't then please pass this on to the appropriate person at DePaul University.

We are emailing to let you know that we find it appalling that DePaul University has denied Dr Finkelstein tenure.

We are astounded that a university could treat one of their most respected professors in such a shabby way - Dr Finkelstein is held in high regard all over the world for being one of the few voices of integrity coming from the US that dares to speak out about Israel's policies. DePaul has no doubt had its reputation boosted immensely by having Dr Finkelstein on its faculty and I don't think you realise how lucky you are to have him.

There is a large movement of people here in the UK who are shocked by the way Dr Finkelstein has been treated - over here we expect our universities to encourage freedom of speech and thought, and reward individuals who have dedicated their time to producing thorough research that is aimed at exposing injustices.

I sincerely hope that Dr Finkelstein would not have been punished for holding the 'wrong views' were he to teach at a British university, but if he was I know for a fact that the student body would not stand for it.

I do not think you should be too surprised when you find that DePaul gains a reputation as a university that is hostile to, and scared of, honest and open debate as a result of this decision.

Regards

.....
& 14 others

London
UK

Sent : Friday, June 15, 2007 1:45 PM
To : PRESIDENT@depaul.edu
Subject : Tenure for Norman Finkelstein

Dear Rev. Holtschneider,

Norman Finkelstein is one of the greatest scholars of our time, in the likes of Noam Chomsky. I was shocked to hear that your institution has denied his tenure. I am curious what the basis is for the decision.

I believe he is one of the few great scholars left in the world of academic excellence. I recall a debate he had with Alan Dershowitz where Mr. Dershowitz challenged someone, anyone to prove that Israel did not have the most moral army in the world. Dr. Finkelstein took up the challenge and argued it brilliantly, citing scholarly materials and primary documents from the U.N., human rights organizations, etc. Mr. Dershowitz said that the information he was providing was all "lies". He replied, "I am supposed to believe you, Mr. Dershowitz, over these respected institutions?" Mr. Dershowtiz said "Yes". I believe Dr. Finkelstein proved Mr. Dershowtiz a classic scholarly idiot. I am ashamed that Mr. Dershowitz is part of the academic community at all and also puzzled as to why Dr. Finkelstein did not receive tenure. I assume DePaul University does not respect academic excellence.

.....

Wheelock College
Boston, MA 02215

Date: Jun 15, 2007 5:33 PM
Subject: Tenure Denial / Alan Dershowitz
To: president@depaul.edu, ekagan@law.harvard.edu

Dear Dean Elena Kagan and President Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider,

My grandmother, Adriana Hagenaar, is a survivor of the Nazi concentration camps. Something she read recently upset her deeply- Alan Dershowitz suggested that the late mother of Norman Finkelstein (with whom Dershowitz has been feuding) had been a kapo in Maidanek. My grandmother is extremely sharp, lucid, fiercely political, and exceptionally independent- she still lives alone in her apartment in New York, and still flies to Europe without assistance of any kind. She is currently in Hamburg Germany, visiting one of her grandsons. Before leaving New York for Europe, Adriana wrote a letter to Alan Dershowitz. Here is my grandmother's actual correspondence with Alan Dershowitz:

From: Adriana Hagenaar
Date: Wed, 6 Jun 2007 12:38:26
To: Alan Dershowitz dersh@law.harvard.edu
Subject: Letter from a camp survivor

Dear Mr. Dershowitz,

My name is Adriana Hagenaar. I am an American, and a New Yorker. During World War II, I was an active member of the Dutch Resistance. I was eventually captured by the Nazis and survived 2 years in various concentration camps. Close to the War's end I was imprisoned in a German concentration camp at Salzwedel, west of the Elbe, in the Saxony-Anhalt district; I was liberated by the US Army's 84th Infantry Division.

In your book, "The Case for Peace," you write the following:
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Finkelstein even doubted his own mother's denial that she was a kapo, asking whether her frequent statements that "the best didn't survive" constituted "an indirect admission of guilt?" The most he was willing to do was "assume" that his mother answered him "truthfully." But he questioned even that assumption: "Still, if she didn't cross fundamental moral boundaries, I glimpsed from her manner of pushing and shoving in order to get to the head of a queue, which mortified me... Really, how else would she have survived?"
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I was shocked that the child of a survivor would say such things about a parent, or any family member- that they suspect that family member of having been a kapo. I spoke with my daughter about this. My daughter didn't buy Finkelstein's book but she did give me a print out from the internet showing exactly what Finkelstein wrote.

It turns out that in your quotation Mr. Dershowitz, you have removed some words, and replaced those missing words with ellipses.

The missing words are:

----
"how my mother must have fought Hobbes's war of all against all many a time in the camps."
----

By removing those words and replacing them with the ellipses, you have changed the meaning of Finkelstein's statements. Your quotation suggests that Finkelstein is saying that his mother had to have been a kapo in order to survive. But when the missing words are put back in, it's clear that what he was actually saying was that she had to have "fought Hobbe's war of all against all" in order to survive.

Being a kapo- and fighting Hobbe's war of all against all- are two different things.

In the camps one of course fought Hobbe's war of all against all in order to survive, this is understood.

The kapos on the other hand were only a tiny minority of the prison population- they were the shameless traitors, the collaborators, the most wretched vicious scoundrels!

One did not need to be a kapo in order to survive; I was NOT a kapo; I survived- thanks to the US Army.

More importantly, saying that someone fought Hobbe's war of all against all IS NOT THE SAME THING as saying that someone was a kapo.

I repeat: saying that someone fought Hobbe's war of all against all IS NOT THE SAME THING as saying that someone was a kapo. AND YOU KNOW THAT, Mr. Dershowitz.

By removing those critical words, you radically changed the meaning of Finkelstein's remarks, deliberately making the paragraph, for a survivor like me, shocking and unfathomable.

(1) Do you have any idea what it would mean to a survivor, like me, to be accused of having been a kapo?

(2) Is it not fundamentally immoral to say such a thing about someone who is no longer alive to defend him or herself from the charge, when there is no evidence to support such an accusation?

(3) Do you believe your quarrel with Mr. Finkelstein (and I am not concerned about Mr. Finkelstein, I am concerned with his late mother, who survived the camps, just as I survived the camps) gives you the right to deliberately and radically distort something that Finkelstein said, when it relates to an issue so extremely serious, not just for survivors like myself, but for those who didn't survive, and for the relatives of the victims?

These are not rhetorical questions. I am a living survivor, and I want formal answers. Absent a formal response I intend to take this up not only with Harvard's administration but also with local Jewish groups and survivors' groups here in New York and in The Netherlands.

Adriana Hagenaar

Re: Letter from a camp survivor
From: Alan Dershowitz dersh@law.harvard.edu
Sent: Wed 6/06/07 1:05 PM
To: Adriana Hagenaar

I believe that the context suggests that he believed is mother may collaborated. His mother also doubted that people (like you)who claimed to be suvivers actually were. He quotes his mothe as saying that if everyone who claims to be a suriver really was one than who did hitler kill. He has also questioned the accounts of survivors like elie wiesel and argued against compensation for survivors. All this leads me to belive he was questioning his mothers deniel of complicty. If you read I'd differently so be it. Why do you care about muy reading unless you and or uyou daughter support finkelsteins bigotry

Sent via BlackBerry from Cingular Wireless

Re: Letter from a camp survivor
From: Alan Dershowitz dersh@law.harvard.edu
Sent: Wed 6/06/07 1:11 PM
To: Adriana Hagenaar

By the way I took out the hobbes reference because most readers would not understand it

Sent via BlackBerry from Cingular Wireless

Dean Kagan and President Rev. Holtschneider, in 1954 a one-time graduate of the Harvard Law School, Mr. Joseph Welch, told Senator Joseph McCarthy, "Until this moment, Senator, I think I never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness... Let us not assassinate this lad further, Senator... You've done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?"

Alan Dershowitz's false and outrageous accusations, and his callous and disrespectful response (spelling and grammar mistakes littered throughout) to my grandmother's letter (which she spent a great deal of time developing, and which turned into an entire family episode and emotional event), illustrate very well Dershowitz's capacity for cruelty, recklessness, indecency, and shameless character assassination.

Dean Kagan, Alan Dershowitz is a high profile professor at Harvard University; he has engaged publicly in vicious, outrageous behavior, apparently with no comment or censure whatsoever from you or from anyone in the Harvard administration. My grandmother Adriana is a camp survivor; if today, or worse, if years in the future, after her death, someone writes that my grandmother Adriana was a kapo, I simply cannot imagine what I would do. Please Dean Kagan, just think if someone were to say the most vicious, horrendous thing about you, or about a member of your family- now multiply that insult by one thousand- then imagine that this insult or accusation is coordinated around the most abominably painful experience you or that family member had ever endured- and finally, that the entire accusation is based on a deliberate falsification of evidence. Dean Kagan, won't you please censure him? If you will not censure him, will you please let me know why you will not censure him, based upon the facts and correspondence I have presented?

President Rev. Holtschneider, it is shocking to me that input and pressure from this scandalous Alan Dershowitz actually helped deny a professor at your university the tenure he deserved. I am speaking of Norman Finkelstein- the same Norman Finkelstein that the most respected Holocaust historian in the entire world, Raul Hilberg, was referring to when he said of Finkelstein recently: "So I would say that his place in the whole history of writing history is assured, and that those who in the end are proven right triumph, and he will be among those who will have triumphed, albeit, it so seems, at great cost." This is what Raul Hilberg said about Norman Finkelstein. Can either of you imagine anyone possessing even a remote fraction of Hilberg's monumental stature ever saying anything so stirring about Professor Dershowitz?

President Rev. Holtschneider, when someone of Raul Hilberg's stature heaps praise upon a professor's work and upon his character ("it takes an enormous amount of academic courage to speak the truth when no one else is out there to support him"), and the DePaul Board on Promotion and Tenure denies that professor tenure, you have the power and the right to make the final decision. You have said that "I find no compelling reasons here to overturn the UBPT's decision." I am writing to ask you now, President Rev. Holtschneider, to please think about the correspondence between Adriana Hagenaar and Alan Dershowitz, and then reconsider your decision to not overturn the UBPT decision. You can tell me that neither your decision nor the UBPT decision were based on Dershowitz's interference- but it is obvious to the entire world that Alan Dershowitz exerted a considerable and negative influence, whether such interference and lobbying was "welcome" or not. I ask you President Rev. Holtschneider, to please reflect on what kind of a person Mr. Dershowitz really is. Also consider that Dershowitz, in spite of his "deliberately hurtful," "inflammatory," "ad hominem," "unprofessional personal attacks" (using terminology from your letter to Norman Finkelstein), has enjoyed tenure at Harvard for years- isn't that correct? If Dershowitz was, and remains worthy of tenure at Harvard, how then can Finkelstein be so unworthy of tenure at DePaul? President Rev. Holtschneider, having learned now about the character of the outside individual who spearheaded the anti-tenure campaign, and the kind of behavior that he engages in- falsification, distortion and outright character assassination- I deeply hope you will reconsider the UBPT decision.

Dean Kagan and President Rev. Holtschneider, I know that you both occupy important positions, and I congratulate you on the success you have earned for yourselves. My grandmother never achieved such professional success; however, she lived through times of high stakes and great danger; for her, the consequences of taking a principled stand meant Nazi prison camps, yet she took that principled stand, and she has never shown any regrets. For you two, the consequences of taking a principled stand- censuring Dershowitz, Dean Kagan- and reconsidering the UBPT decision, President Holtschneider- will not be nearly so severe. I sincerely hope that each of you will pause for just a moment now, and quietly think- and then make the difficult choice, but the right decision, sending out a powerful message of professional and personal commitment to decency and reason.

I look forward to responses from each of you.

Sincerely,

.....


Sent : Friday, June 15, 2007 5:47 AM
To : DePaulPresidentsOffice@depaul.edu
Subject : Dr Norman Finkelstein

President Holtschneider
DePaul University
1 E. Jackson Boulevard.,
Chicago,
Ilinois
United States of America

Dear President Holtschneider:

I am an Israeli Jew. Your action in denying tenure to Dr Finkelstein has reminded me of another decision, made long ago regarding a compatriot of mine, Yeshua of Nazareth.

Intervening in an inter-Jewish dispute, Pontius Pilate, acting out of cowardice, succumbed to the pressure of the more powerful Jewish faction against the powerless dissident Jew.

Now you have done the same.

Go, wash your hands.

.....

From : borer[at]usc.edu
Sent : Wednesday, June 13, 2007 10:43 PM
To : DePaulPresidentsOffice@depaul.edu
Subject : Tenure denial, Professor Finkelstein

June 14, 2007

Dear President Holtschneider:

At the end of the day, evil is not about meaning it. Hanna Arendt, in her historical study of the Eichman trial, has taught us that evil is really quite banal. It is not about running evil campaigns. Rather, it is about following, blindly, the technicalities of a system without stopping for a minute to think about its meaning. And so, meaning it or not, it results in perpetrating and enforcing it. In Hebrew, which happens to be my native language, it has come to be known as 'small head'. It is the attitude many Israeli citizens and soldiers have explicitly adopted in the face of illegal and immoral system and orders. It consists of the approach that "we will do, thoughtlessly, that which is expected, literally, and we will refuse to let it touch us, thereby hoping that we will not be morally culpable." They are, however, morally culpable. As is De Paul University and you as its president.

By denying Professor Finkelstein tenure, you have refused to face the central issue with any degree of moral courage, and opted, instead, to succumb to pressure masquerading as following technicalities, hoping that it will enable you to thereby assuage both responsibility and culpability. You have avoided none. You are responsible and you are culpable. What De Paul University, and you as its president, have done, will be neither forgotten, nor forgiven by history. We all know, academicians and others, that a precedent has been set which officially initiates the curtailing of academic freedoms and the freedom of speech so essential for academe in particular and for society in general. The purging of universities of any species of dissenting views has been the first step taken by dictatorial and undemocratic regimes throughout the 20th century, as well as prior to that, and history will hold you, personally, responsible for having carried it into the 21th .

By any and all criteria acceptable in US academe, Professor Finkelstein deserves to get tenure. Your statement, that you "find no compelling reasons here to overturn the University Board on Promotion and Tenure decision" is at the same time craven and contemptible. There is little for people like me to do or say, short of pointing this out, in the hope that this act alone will at least contribute to the emergence of the moral opposition which your actions deserve.

Hagit Borer

Professor of Linguistics
University of Southern California

June 14, 2007 (7:31pm)

Dear Colleagues,

You've probably heard of the case of political scientist Norman Finkelstein, a Princeton University PhD, author of a number of provocative -- and controversial -- works of scholarship, who was denied tenure this past week by the President of DePaul University, despite his departmental colleagues' overwhelming vote to promote him.

Alan Dershowitz, among others (e.g., New Republic literary editor Leon Wieseltier) has intervened, in one instance successfully, to to prevent publication of one or more of his books. Dershowitz has been engaged in a campaign of letters, phone calls, and other forms of interference, to deny Finkelstein tenure; perhaps mainly because of Finkelstein's critique of Dershowitz's book, Chutzpah, entitled Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Antisemitism and the Abuse of History (University of California Press, 2005); in it Finkelstein purports to have found many egregious errors and instances of likely instances of "borrowing" from other works. Dershowitz also fought hard, but failed, to prevent UC Press from publishing it.

I am not a fan of Finkelstein's often polemical and strident style, nor do I agree with some of his theses, but I consider him to be an indefatigable researcher and fine scholar, whose work is of the utmost importance; this is also attested to by many leading historians, among them Raul Hilberg, the author of the great work, The Destruction of the European Jews.

Finkelsteinís denial of tenure was, I believe, a violation of the most basic principle of academic freedom: He was denied tenure not for want of sufficient respectable scholarly work (especially in a primarily teaching institution) , but because he is a controversial public intellectual whose views on Zionism and Israeli policies toward the Palestinians are decidedly unpopular in the United States and contrary to the U.S. governmentís unstinting support of these policies.

So I wish to urge you to write directly to DePaul University's president, Father Holtschneider, to ask him to reverse his egregious decision to deny Finkelsteinís tenure, and, in accordance with the vote of Finkelsteinís departmental colleagues, to promote him to associate professor with tenure.

Rev. Fr. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., Ed.D . E.
President, DePaul University,
1 E. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60604

If you want to call: 1-312-362-8000 or -800-4DEPAUL

Sincerely,

.....
Professor PS. Below, FYI, is a recent New York Times report on DePaul's denial of Finkelstein's promotion to associate professor with tenure.


.....

To: DePaulpresidentsoffice@depaul.edu
Sent: Thu, 14 Jun 2007 3:47 pm
Subject: Professor Finkelstein

Dear Fr. Holtschneider;

Only one year ago, our son, Matthew Tweed Thornton, graduated from DePaul University with degrees in Political Science and Theatre Management. We wrote you a letter following his commencement, complimenting you, as well as all the faculty and staff on the outstanding education we feel our son received at DePaul.

We did not mention this specifically in our letter, but by far one of his favorite and most impressive professors while at DePaul was Professor Norman Finkelstein. Prof. Finkelstein is an outstanding teacher and an educator of integrity, who is not afraid to challenge his students to expand their thinking to consider all sides of an issue. It would appear this trait is lacking in members of the University Board on Promotion and Tenure.

We are asking you to seriously reconsider your decision concerning tenure for Prof. Finkelstein. We would like to see our very high opinion of DePaul University reinstated. At present, we are seriously disappointed.

Respectfully,

..... & .....


Sent : Thursday, June 14, 2007 4:01 PM
To : president@depaul.edu
Subject : Finkelstein and Larudee denials bring DePaul and the Church into disrepute

Dear President Holtschneider,

You are widely quoted as saying that outside pressure had no effect on your decision to deny tenure to Professor Finkelstein, a highly regarded and courageous scholar.

If that quote is accurate, it is an amazing statement. I was born at night, but it was not last night. Does the university expect anybody older than 10 years to believe it? Especially after the university denied tenure to Professor Mehrene Larudee, who supported Professor Finkelstein's tenure case. The reason offered by the university, that Professor Laurdee has not published enough, is hardly convincing. According to the _Chronicle of Higher Education_ (June 12), faculty colleagues recommended her unanimously and looked forward to her being the next director of the international-studies program. Although I oppose mindless focus on publications, I am curious: Do departments at DePaul often recommend tenure, and promotion to director of a center, even with a thin publication record? It is not the usual practice at the English and American universities where I have taught.

These tenure denials, and the justifications offered, bring DePaul and the Church into disrepute. On the other hand, your students are protesting vigorously so DePaul's teachers have educated them well for citizenship and ethical action.

Sincerely,

.....
University of Cambridge
and former Fellow of Corpus Christi College | Cambridge CB2 1RH | England

Sent : Thursday, June 14, 2007 2:20 PM
To : DePaulPresidentsOffice@depaul.edu
Subject : An expression of disappointment

To whom it may concern:

I am writing to express my displeasure with the denial of tenure to Professor Norman Finkelstein. Despite your and DePaul's many assertions to the contrary, it is exceedingly clear that Professor Finkelstein was and is eminently qualified and that the university caved into the threats of pressure groups let by Alan Dershowitz. It is a sad day for American academic freedom, one that will besmirch both your and DePaul's reputations for a long time to come.

Sincerely,
.....
Brooklyn, NY

Sent: lunes, 11 de junio de 2007 15:27
To: dmattson@depaul.edu
Subject: DePaul University menaces freedom of speech

Sir,

In what will go down as one of the most shameful, immoral and disgraceful episodes in your university's history, your 'Catholic' University has bowed to pressure exerted by a self-confessed Jewish war criminal and proven plagiarist (Dershowitz has publicly admitted that he serves on a Mossad Committee that authorizes the murder and assassination of Palestinians, which constitutes a grave violation of the Geneva Conventions and thus a serious war crime. Finkelstein has proven the plagiarism accusation without any doubt in his book) and denied tenure to one of the most respected Jewish scholars in the US.

This is nothing short of scandalous and is a perfect example of how political pressure can be brought to bear to deny someone's right to free speech. It is also an ominous sign when the Principle of a Catholic University resorts to what can only be called cold-blooded lies and distortion or linguistic acrobatics worthy of Orwell's Big Brother - it is apparently Finkelstein's alleged "ad hominem" attacks that have resulted in his being denied tenure, whereas anyone with any knowledge of Derhowitz and Finkelstein can tell you, the person not worthy of tenure anywhere is the war criminal and plagiarist Dershowitz.

In Spain, the word for this kind of behaviour is "sinverguenza"? Your decision had nothing to do with scholarship or academic achievement but was based on “transparently political grounds” and an “egregious violation” of academic freedom as Prof Finkelstein has stated.

Yours in disgust

.....
Member of the Roman Catholic Hermandad de Santa Marta
Seville, Spain.

Links:
http://www.palestinechronicle.com/story-061007100808.htm
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/11/arts/11depa.html?_r=1&oref=slogin



Date: June 13, 2007 10:31:24 PM EDT
Cc: .....

Subject: If you approve, please sign and forward: Letter to DePaul re Finkelstein tenure case

[PLEASE NOTE: If this letter has been forwarded to you, and you would like to sign on or have questions, please send an email to depaul.letter@gmail.com]

Mr. John Simon, Chair
Board of Trustees
DePaul University

Dear Mr. Simon:

We, the undersigned, deplore the process used by the administration of DePaul University to deny tenure to Professor Norman Finkelstein and Professor Mehren Larudee. We are prepared to take the necessary steps to make sure that DePaul, as an institution, is held accountable for its violations of the principles of academic freedom.

Professor Finkelstein‚s scholarship has made him internationally known as an expert in his field. His five books have been published by universally-respected presses and have been translated into eighteen languages. Such an intellectual output, by a scholar applying for tenure at the level of associate professor, is far and beyond even the most stringent requirements of the most elite institutions in the United States. His teaching, as even his detractors acknowledge, has received the highest praise from his students and colleagues. His qualifications for tenure and promotion at an institution such as DePaul should not even be open to question.

The process by which Professor Finkelstein was denied tenure represents a clear violation of the principles of faculty governance and of the most basic principles of academic freedom. Professor Finkelstein‚s departmental committee voted 9 to 3 in support of granting him tenure, and a five-member college-level personnel committee then voted unanimously in favor of tenure. These were the key decision-makers, and their preference was clear. It was only at this point that the dean of Professor Finkelstein‚s college wrote a memorandum recommending against tenure, on the basis of a consideration that was not even a stated part of the tenure process.

The case of Professor Larudee is equally distressing. Professor Larudee, an assistant professor of international studies, was unanimously approved for tenure by her departmental committee and by the college-level personnel committee, and was even supported by the same college dean who opposed Professor Finkelstein‚s tenure. We fear that the only reason why Professor Larudee was subsequently denied tenure, even after receiving overwhelming approval from the relevant faculty committees, was due to her outspoken support of Professor Finkelstein.

„Academic freedom is alive and well at DePaul,‰ President Dennis Holtschneider declared, as part of the official statement announcing the decision to deny tenure to Professor Finkelstein. But it is not for the DePaul administration to make such a judgment; it is, in fact, the larger academic community, of which we are all members, which must judge the state of academic freedom at DePaul. In our judgment, DePaul is in grave violation of the principles of academic freedom.

Therefore, we, the undersigned, declare our intention to hold the administration of DePaul University accountable for its violations of academic freedom. Accordingly, we hereby pledge:

1. We will refuse to participate in, attend, or support any conferences or other activities sponsored by DePaul University, and will encourage our colleagues to follow suit.

2. We will, to the best of our abilities, prevent our institutions from collaborating with DePaul University on any conferences or other activities, and will urge our institutions to refuse to take part in any joint activities or exchange programs with the university.

3. We will urge our colleagues and students not to apply for any academic programs or job openings at DePaul University.

4. We will urge those professional bodies and associations of which we are members to censure DePaul University, and to apply the appropriate penalties against the institution.

5. We will contact the alumni of DePaul University and urge them to withhold contributions from the university.

It should be noted that none of these actions are aimed at individual faculty members or students at DePaul. Indeed, many members of the faculty and the student body have consistently supported Professors Finkelstein and Larudee. The decision to deny tenure in these cases was the result of a completely undemocratic process that undermined the principles of faculty governance and academic freedom at DePaul, and our actions are an attempt to move the university administration to honor these important principles.

The university administration must begin a process by which the original faculty decisions to grant tenure to Professors Finkelstein and Larudee are honored. This process must also insure that such violations of academic freedom are not repeated. Under these circumstances, we will be happy to once again consider DePaul University as an institution that honors the important principles to which we are all dedicated. Until such a time, however, we urge our colleagues, students, and other members of the intellectual community to cease business as usual with DePaul University.

Sincerely,

The Undersigned

[To sign this letter, please send an email with your name and any academic, professional, or other affiliation to depaul.letter@gmail.com]

"The main thing is to be good - that resolves and ties up everything, and is better than all cleverness and knowing." - Rosa Luxemburg

.....
Sent : Thursday, June 14, 2007 2:32 AM
To : president@depaul.edu

Dear President Holtschneider,

I am absolutely appalled that DePaul University has denied Norman Finkelstein tenure. Shame on you and the governing board of DePaul University for buckling to the pressures of the relentless Jewish - American lobby that wishes not to hear the truth about the on going destruction of Palestinian history and people. I have bought all of Professor Finkelstein's books, have studied the controversy with that Harvard turkey, and have attended two of Finkelstein's lectures. He is wonderful, scholarly and was a credit to DePaul, which I guess now is more concerned about law suits than anything else. He is a much better professor than I but I have the advantage of working on science and not socially contentious issue. Dershowitz's assault on the very fabric of the university is an insult to all of us and a threat to democracy let alone academic freedom. Dershowitz tried to get the University of California Press not to publish his latest book by approaching Governor Schwartznegger. This man is an ideaologue and his book in defense of Israel is a sham.


Given the event that have transpired, I doubt that other Jew 2000 years ago would have survived at Depaul - you should be ashamed of yourself to have allowed this to happen! I guess we should now start calling your institution DePawn.

.....
Professor of Ecosystem Science
University of California

Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2007 23:32:06 -0700
To: president@depaul.edu
Dear President Holtschneider,

I am absolutely appalled that DePaul University has denied Norman Finkelstein tenure. Shame on you and the governing board of DePaul University for buckling to the pressures of the relentless Jewish - American lobby that wishes not to hear the truth about the on going destruction of Palestinian history and people. I have bought all of Professor Finkelstein's books, have studied the controversy with that Harvard turkey, and have attended two of Finkelstein's lectures. He is wonderful, scholarly and was a credit to DePaul, which I guess now is more concerned about law suits than anything else. He is a much better professor than I but I have the advantage of working on science and not socially contentious issue. Dershowitz's assault on the very fabric of the university is an insult to all of us and a threat to democracy let alone academic freedom. Dershowitz tried to get the University of California Press not to publish his latest book by approaching Governor Schwartznegger. This man is an ideaologue and his book in defense of Israel is a sham.

Given the event that have transpired, I doubt that other Jew 2000 years ago would have survived at Depaul - you should be ashamed of yourself to have allowed this to happen! I guess we should now start calling your institution DePawn.

.....

University of California

Sent : Wednesday, June 13, 2007 10:43 PM
To : DePaulPresidentsOffice@depaul.edu
Subject : Tenure denial, Professor Finkelstein

June 14, 2007

Dear President Holtschneider:

At the end of the day, evil is not about meaning it. Hanna Arendt, in her historical study of the Eichman trial, has taught us that evil is really quite banal. It is not about running evil campaigns. Rather, it is about following, blindly, the technicalities of a system without stopping for a minute to think about its meaning. And so, meaning it or not, it results in perpetrating and enforcing it. In Hebrew, which happens to be my native language, it has come to be known as 'small head'. It is the attitude many Israeli citizens and soldiers have explicitly adopted in the face of illegal and immoral system and orders. It consists of the approach that "we will do, thoughtlessly, that which is expected, literally, and we will refuse to let it touch us, thereby hoping that we will not be morally culpable." They are, however, morally culpable. As is De Paul University and you as its president.

By denying Professor Finkelstein tenure, you have refused to face the central issue with any degree of moral courage, and opted, instead, to succumb to pressure masquerading as following technicalities, hoping that it will enable you to thereby assuage both responsibility and culpability. You have avoided none. You are responsible and you are culpable. What De Paul University, and you as its president, have done, will be neither forgotten, nor forgiven by history. We all know, academicians and others, that a precedent has been set which officially initiates the curtailing of academic freedoms and the freedom of speech so essential for academe in particular and for society in general. The purging of universities of any species of dissenting views has been the first step taken by dictatorial and undemocratic regimes throughout the 20th century, as well as prior to that, and history will hold you, personally, responsible for having carried it into the 21th .

By any and all criteria acceptable in US academe, Professor Finkelstein deserves to get tenure. Your statement, that you "find no compelling reasons here to overturn the University Board on Promotion and Tenure decision" is at the same time craven and contemptible. There is little for people like me to do or say, short of pointing this out, in the hope that this act alone will at least contribute to the emergence of the moral opposition which your actions deserve.

.....

Professor of Linguistics
University of Southern California
Sent : Wednesday, June 13, 2007 4:06 PM
Subject : The hazards of truth-telling

Dear President Holtschneider:

As one of the hundreds of thousands who has been informed by the courageous words of Prof. Norman Finkelstein, I am deeply saddened at your capitulation to the forces of Zionism. As I have long been aware, however, the political aspects of being president of a large university outweigh academic as well as religious concerns.

You stated that Prof. Finkelstein did not ‘show due respect for the opinions of others and strive to be objective in their professional judgement of colleagues” and further that his scholarship did not honor the university’s commitment “to creating an environment in which all persons engaged in research and learning exercise academic freedom and respect it in others.”

How can one meet the qualifications listed above and still remain dedicated to disseminating truth when that truth, itself, creates an environment of hostility and hatred on the part of those in disagreement? Is this not the message of the crucifixion? As a believer in personal crucifixion, it is my conviction that each of us is called to “speak truth to power,” that is speak truth to the power of the “other” whoever that other may be. In speaking that truth, the speaker knows he/she challenges the society. The trick is to remain intact and avoid crucifixion if at all possible. Jesus was unable to do it. Norman Finkelstein was unable to do it. Am I comparing Norman Finkelstein to Jesus? Indeed I am. Not in the infallibility assigned to Jesus but in his dedication to truth-telling.

Too bad you had to be placed in the position of Pontius Pilate.

Sincerely .....



Sent: Mon 6/11/2007 4:54 PM
To: depaulpresidentsofffice@depaul.edu
Subject: tenure denial for Prof. Finkelstein

President Holtschneider,

I am writing to express considerable disappointment over the recent decision to deny tenure to Prof. Norman Finkelstein.

First off, I must state that I am not affiliated in any way with the campaign to support his tenure process. Second, I do not know him personally. Third, I am not associated with the DePaul community. I am an unbiased outsider with a deep interest in promoting peace in the Mideast through a two state solution.

Despite my lack of ties to Prof. Finkelstein and DePaul, I have recently become acquainted with some of his intellectual contributions in the area of Israeli-Palestinian history and politics. For example, I recently heard an interview with him on the 40th anniversary of the 1967 Six Day War. Having studied Mideast politics as an undergraduate at Harvard University (A.B., '89), lived in Jerusalem doing dialogue work on a Rockefeller Graduate Fellowship ('89-90), and maintained a lifelong interest in the conflict, I must state that his voice and perspective is gravely needed.

For far too long pro-Israeli forces have effectively silenced and intimidated scholars and politicians who deviate from an unwavering support for Israel and Zionist doctrine. The outrageous attack antics of Alan Dershowitz are good examples of this problem. Though controversial, Finkelstein's critical evaluations of Israeli government policies are incredibly valuable. They provide an intellecutal antidote to the academic and political imbalance that exists on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Although I am not familiar with the specific nuances of his bid for tenure nor the decisionmaking process at your school, on the surface it appears that DePaul University has retreated from its commitment to academic freedom and leadership. Having had the opportunity to study and work at Harvard University yourself, you should personally know that a halmark of great universities is the open exchange of ideas. DePaul appears to have instead chosen a safer route, preferring stability and security. This is not only a loss to your institution, it is also a larger loss for students, professors, policymakers, and citizens who benefited from receiving a rare and unique perspective on one of the most pressing international issues of our time.

Sincerely,
.....
University of Iowa



Subject: Politicizing Academic Tenure
Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2007 09:46:32 -0700
To: president@depaul.edu, hepp@depaul.edu


Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider,

The decision to deny tenure to Professor Norman Finkelstein is an anathema to academic freedom and the free debate of critical issues.

The decision to deny tenure demonstrates subservience to the ideologues of Israeli expansionism and to the US-Israeli militarism that is the most significant factor causing conflict and preventing progress toward peace in the Middle East.

.....

Seattle, WA

Sent : Wednesday, June 13, 2007 1:08 PM
To : DePaulPresidentsOffice@depaul.edu
Subject : The Tenure of Dr. Norman G. Finkelstein

Date: 6/13/07
To: Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider
Re: The Tenure of Dr. Norman G. Finkelstein

I am dismayed by your decision to deny the tenure of Dr. Finkelstein. Your actions reinforce an appearance that the Jewish lobby in America can reach out and silence anyone that presents dissenting views. I have searched and found troubling facts regarding your decision:

1) According to a letter to you "Dean Suchar justifies his recommendation on the ground that Dr. Finkelstein's scholarly work, though sound in its content, is often uncivil, disrespectful, mean-spirited, inflammatory, and so on, in its tone. "
Source:
http://normanfinkelstein.files.wordpress.com/
2007/06/finkelstein-tenure-denial-letter.pdf

2) Students are currently staging a "sit in" in your office in protest of your decision.
source: http://www.finkelgate.com/index.php

3) You have been given a petition with several hundred signatures in support of granting tenure to the professor.
source: http://www.finkelgate.com/index.php

4) In your letter to Dr. Finkelstein you stated that Mr. Finkelstein's departmental committee voted 9 to 3 in support of granting him tenure, and a five-member college-level personnel committee then voted unanimously in favor of tenure.
source: http://chronicle.com/temp/email2.php?
id=dmgwxw8sgZr23hpKtcr9nshVrV5qZKd4

It is quite unfortunate that you have characterized Dr. Finkelstein's scholarship as 'deliberately hurtful' without any explanation as to your source or rationale for Dr. Finkelstein's intent. It is unfortunate that the cliche of the "The truth sometimes hurts" has been proven again. It is further unfortunate that this time that the truth is that your University has bowed to political pressure in order to suppress the truth. I have lost respect for your institution and I will not regain it until you right your wrong deed. In fact, you will now be used as an example of how the Jewish lobby does indeed use its power to silence any dissenting views. In short, shame on you and the people of your institution that went along with this travesty.

.....
Sent : Wednesday, June 13, 2007 12:43 PM
To : president@depaul.edu
Subject : Norman Finkelstein

Dear President Holtschneider:

Your decision to deny tenure to Prof. Norman Finkelstein is nothing short of outrageous. You caved in to demands and interference from outsiders like Harvard’s Dershowitz, and in so doing you have compromised the sanctity of the tenure review process. Ironically, such actions would not have been possible at an Israeli university. DePaul like the rest of the US celebrates ignorance and an insistence on burying your heads in the sand. The issue of Palestine, contested as it is, needs more open debate. You caved in to the voices that want to silence that much needed debate. Therefore you are guilty of contributing to the perpetuation of conflict.

I seriously doubt that DePaul university has more accomplished scholars than Prof. Finkelstein. His work is the most meticulously researched on the subjects he broaches. Failing to put a dent in his stellar research, Prof. Finkelstein’s detractors have reverted to nothing short of a smear campaign, and you have fallen prey to these unspeakable tactics. If DePaul university had any value, you have squandered it.

Shame on you.

..... Chapman University
Orange, CA
Sent : Wednesday, June 13, 2007 12:30 PM
To : DePaulPresidentsOffice@depaul.edu
Subject : Valuable lesson to Students at DePaul

What example have you set for your students and faculty? When exposing a defender of murder and racism, one ought not to be “deliberately hurtful.”

.....

Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Letter of Support for Tenure for Dr. Norman Finkelstein

Dear Father Holtschneider,

I am writing to express my support for Dr. Norman Finkelstein and the issue of his receiving tenure. I am a staff member in a non-academic department at the University of Southern California. I should add that my views are my own and should not be considered as necessarily representing those of the university or the faculty. This formality is offered because of the clearly contentious nature of the issues Dr. Finkelstein regularly addresses. I was at one time the staff advisor to the campus atheist group and had sought for most of my five years in that position to bring Dr. Finkelstein to campus to speak or debate but was unable to find another group able or willing to co-sponsor an event with Dr. Finkelstein. I feel this was largely due to the fact that Dr. Finkelstein is a formidable opponent and they would rather not lock horns with him in an event where their position would be so thoroughly challenged. The professor has always been very generous of his time and more than willing to discuss issues in depth. I was quite pleased to see him speak recently at Cal State Irvine. His presentation was quite compelling and he was warmly received.

You have a fine educator in the person of Norman Finkelstein. His scholarship, by necessity, is quite exacting because if it weren't, the attacks upon him would be more than just the ad hominem ones he is subjected to on a regular basis. Possibly one of his warmest replies I received was when I mentioned in a correspondence that it was clear just how much he loved teaching. I know through his works that I have learned much. He has used his academic talents as a force multiplier in that those understanding the arguments he puts forth are able to champion those same arguments when engaging others. This is no small feat considering the often subjective nature of the issues he deals with. I have met and exchanged emails with many others like myself who value the man as a truth-teller. We recognize his integrity and the depth of his ethical values. He is willing to stand firm in the face of relentless opposition by those with a barely hidden agenda.

I consider Dr. Norman Finkelstein a credit to DePaul University and his academic department and hope you do as well. It would be an acknowledgement of that fact for the university to grant him tenure.

Respectfully yours,

.....


Sent : Wednesday, June 13, 2007 10:28 AM
To : dmattson@depaul.edu
Subject : Email(s) re Professor Finkelstein.

To..
Dennis H. Holtschneider, President, DePaul University
Helmut P. Epp, Provost, DePaul University
and the Trustees, Deans, Faculty and Students of DePaul University

Copy of emails to Professor Callahan, sent after reading a letter posted on A Dershowitz's web site. addressed to Professor Callahan.

Dear Professor Callahan

It is with much sadness that I read that Professor Norman Finkelstein is likely to be denied tenure, due in no small part to the activities of one Alan Dershowitz.

There is something odd about a man of such self promotion who feels the necessity to post onto his own website a list of (largely self referential) fairly insubstantial points and complaints in order to smear a man of Professor Finkelstein's reputation. How can such be considered as a significant, adequate testimonial?? I would be embarrassed to submit such a ridiculous tissue of slanted opinion as "balanced and fair"..

Anybody with an open mind and a memory will find that many chords are struck by reading Professor Finkelstein's books. They are well researched and persuasively argued.. Something which it is hard to say about Professor Dershowitz.. The word chutzpah was coined with him in mind.

I would have thought that anybody who supports torture and expedites the extradition of a man to face same is not a man of integrity, one to be trusted with an opinion re an academic (or any other) rival. I am surprised that you would appear to have paid his self promoting/self pitying opinion any real heed.

Finally, here is a question that sums up the entire situation in a nutshell. You could put this question to both Professor Finkelstein and and Dershowitz. I think I can guess who will try and answer it with consideration It is prohibited, on pain of prosecutions. to question the information, facts and figures around the holocaust. This is the ONLY event in all of recorded human history that is so circumscribed.

Why?

Sincerely Yours

.....


Sent : Wednesday, June 13, 2007 9:47 AM
To : DePaulPresidentsOffice@depaul.edu
Subject : A comment on recent events

To the President, I'm a policy analyst working with the Department of National Defence in Ottawa, Canada, and am strongly interested in the politics of the middle east. As such, I've read many books by political scientist Norman Finkelstein, whom I consider to be a very capable and competent analyst of the Israel-Palestine conflict. I was thus shocked to read that DePaul has denied tenure to this academic on the basis of very unspecific and unsubstantiated claims about his scholarship. Rev. Holtschneider, you have done a great disservice to your institution and to American academia more generally by your decision to not grant Prof. Finkelstein tenure. This episode is rather shameful, and sad for anyone who cares for the freedom of inquiry within the university.

.....
Directorate of Land Strategic Planning / Direction de la Planification Stratégique (Opérations terrestre) / 5-2-2
Department of National Defence / Ministère de la Défence nationale

Sent : Wednesday, June 13, 2007 4:04 AM
To : president@depaul.edu
Subject : Tenure Denial ~ Genocide Denial

Dear Rev. Holtschneider,

As a young scholar interested in genocide studies - a field that is still struggling with the hegemony of the 'Holocaust'-, I am very disturbed, saddened and outraged by your University's decision to deny tenure to Prof.Finkelstein. Your decision not only sets a very bad precedent in the name of academic freedom, it will, also, always be remembered and interpreted as a campaign of intimidation and as a violent elitist intervention of DePaul on upcoming cutting-edge academic works that help us understand the uniqueness of all modern administrative massacres and the uniqueness of the suffering of all victims of state murder and terror. With your decision on this tenure case, you clearly show that you will teach a lesson to those scholars whose works - through rigorous academic research- enlarge our imagination, make us feel ashamed in the face of ongoing suffering Olympics, help us feel the pain of distant others and, most importantly, keep us honest with their fearless commitment to truth-telling.

How could DePaul reconcile this decision with academic integrity?

Would DePaul also deny tenure to Hannah Arendt?

Dear Rev. Holtschneider, you know this decision can be reversed and you know the memory of this decision, if it does not get reversed, will leave a lasting imprint on the credibility of DePaul University in years to come.

Sincerely,
.....
PhD Candidate, UC San Diego

Sent : Wednesday, June 13, 2007 1:15 AM
To : president@depaul.edu
Subject : Myopia at De Paul

Dear President of De Paul University:

I was not surprised with the decision that De Paul made with regards to Prof. Finkelstien. In my opinion it was forgone conclusion. I will be very disingenuous if i did not express my disappointment with your institution whose motto is "I will show you the way of wisdom" . Where is the wisdom behind your decision. It seems that it would be better if that motto is changed to : i will show you what is politically correct, or you are out of here. What a travesty that was. If this is wisdom, i don't know what ignorance is . It is evident that the truth was sacrificed because of outside pressure.

.....
To: PRESIDENT@depaul.edu
Subject: Denial of tenure to Prof Finkelstein
Sent: Tuesday, June 12, 2007 7:15 PM

Dear Rev. Holtschneider,

It is with utter dismay that I learnt that DePaul has denied tenure to Prof Norman Finkelstein. Prof Finkelstein is one of the foremost scholars in this country. He is also a man of tremendous integrity, a virtue rare these days. Since you are a Christian, you can probably appreciate the sentiment in the following words of Philip P Bliss

Dare to be a Daniel,
Dare to stand alone,
Dare to have a purpose firm,
Dare to make it known

Prof Finkelstein personifies these word literally, and it is a shame that an institution that aspires to Vincentian values cowers before the mighty and the malicious whose personification is found in Alan Dershowitz. In your official letter of denial to Prof Finkelstein, you state that "in the opinion of those opposing tenure, your unprofessional personal attacks divert the conversation away from consideration of ideas, and polarize and simplify conversations that deserve layered and subtle consideration". Are you sure you are not talking about Prof Dershowitz. It is, after all, Prof Dershowitz who has called Prof Finkelstein's mother a kapo, it is he who tells anyone willing to listen to his malicious rants that Finkelstein is a holocaust denier (ironical, considering both of Finkelstein parents are holocaust survivors), it is he who has called him "mentally unbalanced"? If you have read his latest book "Beyond Chutzpah", it is a systematic demolition of every assertion that Dershowitz makes in his much lauded book "The Case of Israel". It is only by the wildest stretch of imagination that anyone would characterize this demolition as "personal attacks".

You also say "Nor can I conclude that your scholarship honors our university's commitment to creating an environment in which all persons engaged in research and learning exercise academic freedom and respect it in others." Since you cast doubts on Prof Finkelstein's scholarship, I need only remind you that Prof Raul Hilberg, the world known authority on the Holocaust has the highest regard for Prof Finkelstein. For example, in an interview on democracynow, he stated that it takes tremendous amount of courage to speak the truth and then added "his place in the whole history of writing history is assured, and that those who in the end are proven right triumph, and he will be among those who will have triumphed, albeit, so it seems, at great cost". I had fervently hoped that Prof Finkelstein would not have to pay dearly for his fearlessness in telling the truth, but much to the shame of DePaul, Prof Hilberg's prescient foreboding has materialized.

In the same interview, Prof Avi Shlaim, one of the world's leading auhtorities on the Israeli-Arab conflict has nothing but praise for Prof Finkelstein's scholarly contributions. For instance, he says that he "regards him as a very able, very erudite and original scholar who has made an important contribution to the study of Zionism, to the study of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and, in particular, to the study of American attitudes towards Israel and towards the Middle East".

Are scholars of the calibre of Prof Hilberg and Prof Shlaim simply wrong about Prof Finkelstein? What scholarly contributions has Prof Dershowitz made except making torture fashionable, undermining International Law, and turning the clock back on human rights by a century?

I hope you will rescind your decision to deny tenure to Prof Finkelstein. If you don't, you will have dealt a body blow to academic freedom in this country inspite of your protestations that "Academic freedom is alive and well at Depaul".

Sincerely,

.....

Sent : Tuesday, June 12, 2007 5:45 PM
To : president@depaul.edu
Subject : Prof Finkelstein

President Holtschneider,

Were it not enough that you and the University Board on Promotion and Tenure should succumb to the sophomoric diatribes of a discredited “scholar” like Alan Dershowitz, it is equally contemptible that you should masquerade behind propriety in order to justify your decision to deny Professor Finkelstein tenure. Your lecture on comportment is as transparent as it is disingenuous. You are fooling no one.

In the same vein that critics of the Bush administration have been decried as traitors, critics of Israel and, in particular, its handling of the Palestinian situation, have been branded as either self-hating Jews or anti-Semites --- this, despite the fact that the Palestinians themselves are a Semitic people. Who learned these tactics from whom? More to the point, are such methods a legitimate way to contend with criticism? Clearly, you require guidance in making these determinations.

Your actions regarding Prof. Finkelstein are not only disgraceful, but an assault on scholarship and reason. Doubtless you lack the moral courage to reverse such a decision having made it in the first place. Even so, before you sully DePaul’s academic standing any further, you might do some good by tendering your own resignation. Perhaps you may still give this cynic some reason to hope.

Optimistically,

.....
Sent : Tuesday, June 12, 2007 3:49 PM To : president@depaul.edu
Subject : Academic Objectivity

Father Holtschneider,

I have been following the case regarding Professor Norman G Finkelstein, specifically relating to DePaul University's refusal to grant him tenure.

I am disappointed but not at all surprised by the decision that has been taken. In particular, I think it is utterly reprehensible that the line adopted by DePaul University is the one favoured by Alan Dershowitz. This individual has launched a campaign to silence Professor Finkelstein and to prevent him from continuing to work at DePaul University. Indeed, given this fact, one wonders about the real reasons behind the refusal of DePaul University to support Professor Finkelstein by not awarding him a permanent chair.

I have read some of Professor Finkelstein's works. It is self-evident that he is a scholar of the highest calibre. His meticulous attention to detail and reliability of historical sources is admirable. Furthermore, Professor Finkelstein is a gifted orator, as is evident from the numerous debates and lectures he has participated in. The Professor's scholarly works have been praised by experts in the field, including Raul Hilberg and Noam Chomsky. Therefore, the decision taken by DePaul University does not rely on an objective assessment of Professor Finkelstein's scholarship.

I submit to you that the decision you and your colleagues have taken will in no way silence Professor Finkelstein from his objective and rational pursuits in his field of study. You must be aware that others have tried and failed in this endeavour. Indeed, this will only strengthen the Professor's resolve, and increase the degree of support which he enjoys in this matter from scholars and non-specialists alike.

It would be prudent for you to reconsider your decision, even at this late stage.

Yours sincerely,

.....

UK.

Sent : Tuesday, June 12, 2007 3:27 PM
To : DePaulPresidentsOffice@depaul.edu
Subject : Now the Blogs Will Amplify the Message Dennis!

HOLTSCHNEIDER SIDES WITH FATHER OF DECEPTION DERSH

The debate was over whether Norman Finkelstein, son of holocaust victims and strident critic of Israel, should get tenure at DePaul. All the credible authorities were backing him, but one little societal cancer rose up from his own bile and blocked it. Alan (Father of Deception) Dershowitz.

Guess who won this battle? Facts and logic or intimidation and lies? Not Oxford's Avi Shlaim or preeminent holocaust scholar Raul Hilberg. Nope, Harvard chief prevaricator Dershowitz won! Guess who played an integral part in getting O.J. Simpson off the hook? Dershowitz again. Do you think he did any lying to get that case to go his way? What makes you think his "Case for Israel" would be any different? If your back is against the wall and you need someone to cloud the logic and distort the facts, just open up your wallet and give Dersh a call.

And this little spinster keeps seducing or scaring others into his web of lies and deception. His latest little pawn is none other than DePaul University president "Father" Dennis Holtschneider. A weak-willed priest who doesn't have the spiritual or intellectual courage to be a retail manager. After all the lies that Dershowitz has propigated about the Middle East, lies well documented by Professor Norm Finkelstein and Noam Chomsky, this Holtschneider character still doesn't have the integrity to do the right thing. He should either repent for building barriers to truth, or be defrocked by the powers that be. Dershowitz and his AIPAC/Anti-Defamation League thugs will continue to lie, cheat, and steal until people with some guts stand up and confront them. Finkelstein has done this, and done it very well I might add. As is testament to the support given him by Avi Shlaim and Raul Hilberg. And let me reiterate the point from my previous post. In one corner you have Avi Shlaim, Raul Hilberg, and Noam Chomsky. In the other corner you have Dershowitz. "Father" Holtschneider turned his back on the facts and strength of support to side with Dersh because he was intimidated by what he and his rapacious goons would do to him. That's called self preservation, and it flies in the face of New Testament principles. Holtschneider should resign immediately. A university can hardly be run by a spineless "father" who is easily influenced by an evil as abject as Dersh, father of prevarication.

Sent : Tuesday, June 12, 2007 2:58 PM
To : normangf[at]hotmail.com
CC : "Alan Dershowitz" dersh[at]law.harvard.edu
Subject : Letter sent to Dennis H. Holtschneider

Dear Dr Matteson,

I had privilege of teaching alongside Vincentian Fathers for my thirty three years in the Theology Department at Saint Mary's University College in Strawbery Hill in London. For most of that time the College was managed by Vincentians and I was able to number Vincentian colleagues among my firmest friends. In particular I became a close friend and collaborator with the late and much missed Professor Michael Prior, biblical scholar and liberation theologian. I have always been impressed by the beautiful Vincentian charism of the option for the poor that so evidently inspired Father Michael and his colleagues.

This happy experience of Vincentian spirituality in action makes it all the harder to understand reports that De Paul University has apparently victimised a Jewish scholar, one whose parents sufffered in the Holocaust, for his advocacy of the Palestinian rights and for his rejection of prevailing American ideological prejudices regarding Israel and the sufferings of the oppressed Palestinian people.

I fear that your decision does your university no credit and I sincerely hope that the matter will be reconsidered.

Yours sincerely in Christ,

.....

From: "Holtschneider, Fr. Dennis" PRESIDENT@depaul.edu
Sent: Tuesday, June 12, 2007 8:24 PM
Subject: RE: Vincentian Spirituality

Dear Duncan,

I have long heard about Strawberry Hill, its wonderful program, and its ready hospitality when Vincentians from the USA would come to visit. Anyone who ever came back from visiting your institution, spoke highly about it.

Thank you for taking the time to write me about this. I can assure you, the faculty member's claims to the contrary, this decision was made by the faculty review committee, and it focused entirely on the traditional criteria for tenure, especially quality of research. I promise you that it was not made because of the particular political positions espoused by Dr. Finkelstein.

God bless!

Fr. Dennis Holtschneider



To: president@depaul.edu
Subject: Tenure process for Dr. Finkelstein
Sent: Tuesday, April 10, 2007 10:04 AM

Dear President Holtschneider

This is to tell you how concerned I am that the tenure process for Dr. Normal Finkelstein seems to have derailed because of an outside intervention. I have been myself president of the University of Paris-Dauphine (1989-1994), and I know how important it is to preserve due process. If anyone wants to challenge Dr. Finkelstein, or wishes to assail his character, let him or her do so through the courts, where Dr. Finkelstein can benefit from due process of law - the first one being to be presumed innocent until proven guilty. Universities are not equipped to investigate cases and to prove anyone gulity. To try to pass judgment on the occasion of a tenure case is to invite trouble for all concerned, and eventually to create confusion on a university's role. On the other hand, if the matters go the courts and they reach a decision, the university can certainly take appropriate action.

I trust in your good judgment, especially in times like these, where freedom of thought and expression is being challenged all over the world

Respectfully yours

.....

Sent: Tuesday, June 12, 2007 10:53 AM
To: dmattson@depaul.edu
Subject: Norman Finkelstein

Dear Sirs or Madam:

The recent denial of tenure to Professor Norman G. Finkelstein is a travesty of academic freedom. As a Catholic , I am outraged that a Catholic institution would betray the educational standards that are an imperative in these times of crass politicization. Professor Finkelstein's credentials are impeccable. His standards of scholarship are unassailable. It appear that the dubious rants of Alan Dershowitz have affected your good judgment. Professor Finkelstein has more intellectual integrity in his little finger than Dershowitz has in his whole body. Thank God that scholars like Professor Finkelstein here and in Israel have allowed many of us to learn the real facts with regard to the Israel/Palestinian conflict. Denying Professor Finkelstein tenure will not stop the facts from being distributed to those who wish to untangle the myriad myths from the historical record. It only diminishes the academic standards of your university and exposes the mettle of the craven individuals who denied him tenure.

Regards,

.....
SEIU 888
Interfaith Alliance
Brit v' Tzedek v' Shalom

* * * * *



Sent : Tuesday, June 12, 2007 12:01 PM
To : president@depaul.edu
Subject : Re: Prof. Norman Finkelstein's tenure

Dear Reverend Holtschneider,

I am writing to you in disappointment at your decision to deny tenure to Prof. Norman Finkelstein. I find it quite lamentable that your decision centres on the tone of Prof. Finkelstein's scholarship, especially since you seem unable to muster any significant misgivings about its substance. It really is not good enough to rely on "comments from the departmental minority report [which] are critical of the accuracy of some of the evidence he uses in his scholarship", or to use the argument the "some might interpret parts of his scholarship as 'deliberately hurtful' as well as provocative", or to claim that "the dossier reveals some division of opinion as to the soundness of some of his scholarship". There is simply no academic discipline where such vague statements can be considered seriously, and you must know that this criticism would be laughable in an undergraduate essay, never mind a tenure review.

Your collegiate committee voted 5-0 to recommend tenure, your departmental committee voted 9-3, the external reviewers were "favourable", yet the misgivings of the clear minority within your university, and the loud protests of certain notable scholars outside it, have held sway with the UBPT, and now with yourself. If you needed a "compelling reason" to overturn the UBPT decision, you might have looked to your students, who have consistently supported Prof. Finkelstein, and are currently occupying your university's buildings in the middle of their exams to support him. But you should be under no illusions that your decision will be seen as anything other than politically motivated by the wider academic community, as well as a green light for those who wish to purge universities of their political and academic opponents.

Yours sincerely,

.....
PhD student
Oxford University, UK

Sent: 12 June 2007 16:07
To: 'president@depaul.edu'
Subject: Denial of Tenure For Professor Finkelstein

Dear Reverend Holtschneider

The denial of tenure for Professor Finkelstein is a travesty but not an unexpected one. It is the stock in trade of those timid souls who nevertheless are aware of which way the wind is blowing. You have apparently allied yourself with those who yell the loudest and undertake the meanest efforts. That is now how the DePaul leadership should be seen.

However, your actions are not without some positive results. It should be clear by now to all who care to ponder the worth of tenure in the modern world that tenure does not promote freedom of thought and expression. On the contrary, in your hands tenure operates to discourage free thought and expression and to deny those of independent thought an academic platform. It operates to reward those who merely support the prevailing wind.

Your most unkindest cut of all should be noted. You apparently have written that Professor Finkelstein does “not honor the obligation to respect and defend the free inquiry of associates”. This is doubly monstrous. It is you who do not do so.

I challenge you and your Board to set out clearly and publicly which actions/words of Finkelstein fail the test you have set forth—to honor the duty.to honor the obligation to respect and defend the free inquiry of associates. I doubt that you have the courage to do so.

If you fail to do so, I hope Professor Finkelstein sues you for your arbitrary and capricious actions. I for one would contribute to the funding of such a suit.

Now you can get back to your fundraising. I guess you do that well enough.

.....

Michigan
Sent : Tuesday, June 12, 2007 10:57 AM
To : president@depaul.edu
Subject : The Finkelstein mess

Rev. Holtschneider,

I am writing this letter in response to your decision to deny tenure to Prof. Finkelstein. Although the outcome of this matter has affected me emotionally in a negative way, I will try to maintain my composure and address some of the points you made in your notification letter to Prof. Finkelstein.

* you repeatedly mention the ad hominem attacks you have found on Prof. Finkelstein's record. As I have read several of his books, followed his public disputes as much as I could, and watched his speaking engagements (available on the internet, for the most part), the only statements I am aware of that can be construed as ad hominem attacks are the accusations of plagiarism, distortion, manipulation, and fabrication of facts which he made against the likes of Alan Dershowitz, Joan Peters, Daniel Goldhagen and others, accusations which, to the best of my knowledge, were backed by meticulous scholarship, corroborated by some very well informed and respected scholars, vehemently and viciously denied, but never refuted

* you make reference to DePaul University's goal of "enabling the God-given dignity of each person". I believe (and I think this is one of the reasons which make Prof. Finkelstein a "nationally known scholar and public intellectual") a lot of his work is dedicated exactly to exactly this purpose. He has tried to dispel the public relations cloud that allows the powerful to sink their less influent opponents into the mire of half-truths and fear-inducing myths which provides the necessary cover for often criminal abuse. Do you find this to be part of the "service" a professor can provide "at the college or university level" ? Or should a university should be run as a business, for profit, and employees who do not contribute to this goal can be fired without second thoughts?

* do you find it odd that, while both external reviewers were favourable, his own department recommended him with a large majority, and his works were praised by such high calibre intellectuals (I'm sure I don't need to refresh your memory here) there's still some doubt as to "the soundness of his scholarship?". If you did, (especially since his case attracted so much "unwelcome attention") did you try to form your own opinion on the matter?

Rev. Holtschneider, I believe you were fully aware of the fact that Prof. Finkelstein chose to write about a very sensitive subject, and be on the unorthodox side of it. As such, it was expected that he would become the target of baseless accusations, and the litmus test for the quality of these charges should have been his scholarship, not his tone of voice, or the sensitivity (more or less sincere) of those he contradicted. By giving weight to the latter consideration, you are making your claim that "scholars should be free to write about the most controversial issues" sound like the product of the Ministry of Information. But you probably have a greater good in mind - that of controversy within consensus.

.....

P.S. I am waiting for the "damage control" phase of the affair.

Dear Reverend Holtschneider,

Your decision to deny tenure to Dr. Norman Finkelstein has caused disbelief, anger, and dismay around the world, Canada included.

How sad it is that when given an opportunity to choose good over evil, you allowed evil to win. You listened to the supporters of terrorism, the supporters of torture, the plagiarists, and then you claim that pressure brought to bear upon you from the likes of Alan Dershowitz and friends was not a factor. Surely you jest?

I believe St. Vincent de Paul would have done the right thing. In fact, St. Vincent de Paul would be openly supporting the oppressed and brutally occupied Palestinian people in their struggle for freedom, for civil, social, political, economic, and human rights. He would be standing with them because he was a fierce supporter of the poor and oppressed.

How ironic that you, the President of a university named after him, preferred to side with the oppressors, the imperialists, the elitists.

One would have thought that Dr. Finkelstein's passion for truth and justice, his integrity, and his brilliant intellect would have made him a perfect candidate for tenure anywhere. Presumably these characteristics are not what you are seeking in your professors.

Having been born and raised a Catholic and being familiar with the numerous saints, a statement from St. Vincent de Paul comes to mind, one presumably you've not committed to memory.

"We should strive to keep our hearts open to the sufferings and wretchedness of other people, and pray continually that God may grant us that spirit of compassion which is truly the spirit of God."

By openly supporting the Palestinian people in their valiant efforts against a brutal occupation, Dr. Finkelstein has shown the true spirit of what St. Vincent de Paul represented.

How disappointed that good saint must be with your decision. How disappointed are caring decent people world wide. You’ve sided with evil over good, and that, Reverend Father, is how you will always be remembered on earth and above.

.....

Canada


Sent : Tuesday, June 12, 2007 10:03 AM
To : csuchar[at]depaul.edu
CC : president[at]depaul.edu, hepp[at]depaul.edu, normangf[at]hotmail.com
Subject : Dean Suchar, Step Down Now And Apologize!

Dean Suchar:

I have gathered from DePaul's website that, at the time of your appointment to your current post, Provost Epp has praised you as being "imaginative and creative." Your imagination, and creativity was on full display in your 22 March 2007 memorandum to DePaul's University Board on Tenure and Promotion, in which you rejected Professor Norman Finkelstein's tenure bid, overruling previous 9-3 and 5-0 votes in his favor:

You wrote,

"The departmental minority report cites Dr. Finkelstein's personal and reputation demeaning attacks on Alan Dershowitz, Benny Morris, and the holocaust authors Eli [sic - Elie] Wiesel and Jerzy Kosinski. My own examination of Prof. Finkelstein's works corrobarates [sic] the minority report's claims and conclusions in this regard. My reading of Dr. Finkelstein's work, especially The Holocaust Industry, where in one chapter alone Goldhagen, Morris, Wiesel, Kosinski and many others are collectively attacked as "hoaxters and huxsters" [sic - hoaxers and hucksters], typifies his apparent penchant of reducing an argument and oppositional views to the inevitable personal and reputation damaging attack, demeaning those with whom he disagrees. It is my view that DePaul's commitment to personalism basically prohibits addressing individuals with the kind of invective or insult that I find all too common in Dr. Finkelstein's scholarship where the dignity of the individuals with whom he disagrees are routinely disrespected.

"While the [College Personnel Committee] found this aspect of Dr. Finkelstein's scholarship to be troubling but not sufficient to merit rejection of his application for promotion and tenure, I must say that I find this very characteristic aspect of his scholarship to compromise its value and find it to be reflective of an ideologue and polemicist who has a rather hurtful and mean-spirited sub-text to his critical scholarship - not only to prove his point and others wrong but, also in my opinion, in the process, to impugn their veracity, honor, motives, reputations and/or their dignity. I see this as a very damaging threat to civil discourse in a University and in society in general. Such inflammatory polemics in no way further the civil discourse and serious intellectual inquiry that the Academy stands for to say nothing for the deeply shared DePaul University and Vincentian value of 'personalism'...respect for the dignity of the individual."

Aside from the fact that your language ("mean-spirited," "hurtful") bears a striking resemblance to that employed in yesterday's Anti-Defamation League Press Release ("ADL Reacts to DePaul's Denial of Tenure to Prof. Norman Finkelstein," 11 June 2007), it would seem that "serious intellectual inquiry" is not your forte. If you even had the vaguest idea who Benny Morris is - a famous Israeli historian whose valuable research Professor Finkelstein has cited approvingly in just about each of his books - you would have realized that his name hardly fits into your list of hoaxers and hucksters that you claim to find so repugnant.

Professor Finkelstein has indeed criticized Professor Morris, but he did so in the context of his field of expertise (SEE: Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict, 1995; 2003) as well as for his racist remarks (SEE: Beyond Chutzpah, 2005), not, as you suggest, in the context of the exploitation of Jewish suffering for political and financial gain. To somehow confuse Professor Finkelstein's characterization of Professor Morris as "a prominent Israeli historian critical of Israel" with the chapter heading, "Hoaxers, Hucksters, and History," is no mean achievement (SEE: The Holocaust Industry , 2000; 2003, p. 78).

Not that this is the first time I have seen the writings of Professor Finkelstein so grossly distorted. Professor Alan Dershowitz of Harvard Law School excells at it. On a side note, it also happens that Professor Dershowitz's texts tend to feature spelling mistakes of the kind that appear in your memorandum quote above.

There are only two explanations for this very egregious error on your part. The beneficial explanation is that your reading skills fall rather short of what one would reasonably expect from a college's dean. The more likely explanation, however, is, that you are totally and utterly unfamilar with Professor Finkelstein's work and therefore not in a position to evaluate his scholarship. Evidently, you very heavily relied on the lies you have been fed by others, all the while emphasizing that your judgment of Professor Finkelstein's work was your own.

Your memorandum was the turning point in Professor Finkelstein's tenure process. Since the subsequent decisions to deny Professor Finkelstein's tenure bid largely rested on the outrageous allegations you assembled in your pitiful memorandum, and since it is glaringly obvious that you are neither morally nor intellectually of the quality to evaluate the scholarship which Professor Finkelstein has produced over many years, the only conclusion one can reach is that this whole tenure process must be viewed as grotesquely flawed and thus invalid.

I call on you to (a) publicly admit that you were mistaken in your judgment of Professor Finkelstein; (b) publicly apologize to Professor Finkelstein as well as the university community at large; (c) resign from your post as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; and (d) join those who are rightly demanding that Professor Finkelstein gets the bare minimum of what he deserves: tenure and promotion to associate professor at DePaul University.

Sincerely,

Maren Hackmann
Editor & Translator
Germany

Prof. Dennis H. Holtschneider, President
Prof. Helmut P. Epp, Provost
Prof. Charles S. Suchar, dean of the College of Liberal Arts
DePaul University

Dear colleagues:

I am writing to express my deep concern about reports in the Chronicle of Higher Education concerning the troubled tenure case of Prof. Norman G. Finkelstein, an assistant professor in your political science department. As is well known, Prof. Finkelstein has long been engaged in a high-profile public controversy with the much better-known Prof. Alan Dershowitz from Harvard. That controversy seems now to threaten Prof. Finkelstein's tenure prospects. To allow it to do so, I believe, would unfairly and inappropriately damage Prof. Finkelstein's profesional status and economic security, seriously undermine academic freedom at DePaul and indirectly at other fine institutions as well, and (last but not least) bring a great deal of opprobrium upon DePaul University as an institution.

As I say, I have followed this dispute (and the larger issues out of which it arose) for some time. As it happens, I am also a Jew. Yet I have found nothing in Prof. Finkelstein's writings (including his entirely lplausible claim that Prof. Dershowitz's voluminous writings contain evidence of plagiarism) that warrant anything further from either Prof. Dershowitz or the DePaul administration than a clear refutation of Finkelstein's arguments. To deny him tenure, however -- especially at the behest of a campaign obviously coordinated by Prof. Dershowitz and driven by his political animus and wounded personal pride -- would signify a surrender to precisely the kinds of pressures against which academic freedom is intended to shield scholars. Such an administrative step, especially one that overruled a unanimous vote in favor of tenure by your College personnel committee, would be seen far and wide as a clear and deliberate attempt to punish a scholar for expressing views that influential people find unacceptable but which nonetheless form a legitimate part of a vital public and scholarly debate.

I therefore urge you in the strongest possibkle terms to reconsider Dean Suchar's initial ruling on the case and to accept the recommendation of the College personnel committee in this matter.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Sincerely yours,

Bruce Levine

J. G. Randall Professor of History
Department of History
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL 61801

Sent : Tuesday, June 12, 2007 8:53 AM
Subject : Subject: Professor Norman Finkelstein

Father Holtschneider,

All I have to say to you is you are not a Christian.

Sadly,

.....

Sent : Tuesday, June 12, 2007 5:20 AM
CC : csuchar@depaul.edu
Subject : I support you hundred percent

Prof Norman Finkelstein,
Dept of Political Science
De Paul University

Dear Prof Finkelstein,

I am a US national of Indian origin, a Catholic it so happens (but that is not germane), and a retired professor in the Dept of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, at West Virginia University (WVU). I now reside in India.

I read in the Guardian about your denial of tenure after you had been set upon by Prof Dershowtiz and crew and De Paul succumbed:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/secondworldwar/story/0,,2100647,00.html

First, my regret regarding the tenure matter, where your courage and honesty has been mirrored by a lack of courage of the Dean and the President, in spite of your Dept supporting you, which is all that matters in Universities. Did I get that right because it said in the Guardian article that the Political Science Dept supported you? It is not the business of the President or the Dean to recommend who gets tenure and who does not. Those higher authorities intervened because of outside influence; that is obvious.

Anyway, it does not matter; you can go to a better university, unless the usual cabal gets to you vengefully. Somewhere along the line De Paul Catholic university lost its guts and caved in on this matter, and decided it was not worth a fight with the deluge of your Jewish denigrators who will be backed by their official lobbies and can cause a lot of trouble. Administrators don't want trouble; they're a nervous lot.

Whether your views are pro-Israel or selectively critical of Israel, or hostile to Israel, does not matter to me; neither do your views on how the Holocaust has been misused: the point is your academic freedom has been impugned by denying you tenure on irrelevant grounds, and overriding the Departmental tenure committee's recommendation. Your views on the sensitive subject have been open and honest and published. Since when did Prof Dershowitz become the arbiter of what is good scholarship on a matter so far from his academic specialty: the Law. And was his opinion solicited by the tenure committee? And if he is an authority on the uses or the misuses of the Holocaust, why do Prof Noam Chomsky's views not matter?

But I should not weaken your case by arguing that outside parties, pro or con, have the right to influence a tenure decision at De Paul. Please take it up with the AAUP. Just as Prof Shiraz Dossa of the St Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia took up matters successfully with the CAUT, the Canadian Association of University Teachers. See:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/
RTGAM.20070528.wdossa28/BNStory/National/home

and

http://lrc.reviewcanada.ca/index.php?page=the-explanation-we-never-heard
June 2007

It is shameful that Catholic universities have become so timid! And your Dean Suchar speaks half-truths when he writes on De Paul's website: "...the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has succeeded because it has attracted good people to it; faculty, ...". It may have attracted; but it didn't create the environment to retain.

I support you hundred percent, and salute your courage in taking on this fight. Be calm, and Shalom!

Sincerely,

..... Fort Kochi, India

Sent : Tuesday, June 12, 2007 1:41 AM
To : President@depaul.edu
Subject : punitis ingeniis gliscit auctoritas

A reminder to Rev. Holtschneider and Dean Sushar: punitis ingeniis gliscit auctoritas

Sincerely,

.....

Sent : Tuesday, June 12, 2007 12:26 AM
To : president@depaul.edu
Subject : Norman Finkelstein

Father Holtschneider

I was deeply saddened to hear of your decision not to grant Norman Finkelstein tenure. Regardless how many times you state that the campaign to defame Professor Finkelstein and misrepresent his work was not a factor in your decision common sense indicates otherwise. It is especially sad since DePaul, as a Catholic institution should be in the breach defending the right of the oppressed to have their voice heard. Professor Finkelstein has been instrumental in bringing the case of the Palestinian people and their dreadful treatment at the hands of the State of Israel into the public consciousness. He has done so articulately with an amazing attention to detailed and scholarly research as has been noted by anyone without a political axe to grind – Raul Hilberg is an obvious example. Instead of showing the same courage that Finkelstein has displayed constantly in the face of outrageous personal attacks you acquiesced to power – I suspect with one eye on the till. Academic freedom is a fragile thing and the ability of powerful interests to corrupt the tenure process is a dangerous precedent. I believe that you have done a great disservice to DePaul University and to American academe in general.

.....

Vancouver

Sent : Monday, June 11, 2007 11:21 PM
To : csuchar@depaul.edu, dmattson@depaul.edu, newsroom@depaul.edu, polisci@depaul.edu
Subject : Quislings of academe

Charles Suchar,

So you actually did it. You rejected tenure for Prof. Finkelstein.

This profoundly shameful act will define you and your institute of appeasement for at least 50 years. It will be remembered along with other craven acts of moral cowardice that have littered American history ( e.g. McCarthyism) but will add a martyr's lustre to the reputation of Norman Finkelstein that will only grow with the passage of time.

This is a quote from your web site by the Prince of Hypocrits, Charles Suchar: "All our degree granting programs seek to enhance student knowledge and critical thinking skills, to raise questions of value and meaning, and to develop those habits of the heart and mind intrinsic to life-long and independent learning." Surely these words from such a worm are simply beyond chutzpah!

Your rejection will, in future decades, be seen as a badge of honour for Prof. Finkelstein and one day some future weasel will express official regrets and a permanent tribute will be made to your victim. You on the other hand will be remembered only for this notorious act of cowardice, mendacity and censorship. Your descendants will be embarrassed for generations.

You disgust me and multitudes around the world. What craven, immoral midgets you and your sycophants are. How brave, brilliant and inspirational Prof. Finkelstein is. Perhaps you are right after all. He is too good for your squalid institution that sides with evil and the Big Lie even as the world is watching. How absolutely pathetic and morally bankrupt you are. De Paul will go into the lexicon as the Quisling of academe and Prof. Finkelstein will become an even greater icon of academic and moral integrity than he already is.

.....

Montreal, Canada .....
To: DePaulPresidentsOffice@depaul.edu
Subject: Professor Norman Finkelstein Sent: Monday, June 11, 2007 1:39 PM

Reverend Doctor Dennis H. Holtschneider,

President, DePaul University

As an alumnus of DePaul, M.A. 1959, I write to express my strong disappointment and disagreement with DePaul University's decision to deny tenure to Professor Norman Finkelstein. Apparently the decision was not based on Professor Finkelstein's qualifications as a scholar and a teacher. Instead the decision appears to be political and economic. You are quoted in today's New York Times (June 11, 2007) as having written: "Mr. Finkelstein is an excellent teacher and a nationally recognized public intellectual".

Professor Finkelstein, a Jew, has every right as an academician to speak and write critically of Israel's occupation of Palestine and to accuse other Jews of exploiting the Holocaust for their own financial gain, just as Harvard scholar African American Henry Louis Gates has the right to criticize and denounce African American nationalists.

I regret that my graduate university does not have the courage to defend academic freedom, to withstand the well orchestrated campaign of Harvard law Professor Alan Dershowitz to discredit and deny the tenure of Professor Norman Finkelstein.

Cordially,

.....
Bernard M. Baruch College, the City University of New York .....
Sent : Monday, June 11, 2007 10:06 PM
To : president@depaul.edu
Subject : Professor Finkelstein's tenure denial

Father Holtschneider,

I wish to profess my profound sadness and disbelief at the denial of tenure for Professor Finkelstein. I may not be an academic, but I have a love of the written word that has followed me since the tender age of four. I feel this gives me at least some sound basis in judgment as far as the good Professor is concerned.

I can tell you this much - Professor Finkelstein is quite simply an amazing scholar and historian. Never in my various wanderings through innumerable History and Political Science books has someone grabbed my attention with such passion and attention to detail (not to mention the hundreds of copious footnotes).

I strongly feel you do a grave disservice to academia and the public at large. The effects of your decision are quite likely to have extreme consequences for critical thought in a country with very few critical thinkers left.

For too long, Palestinians have had to live without much of a voice in this world, and for a Catholic institution where a comparison to the civil rights struggle of Catholics in Northern Ireland is an obvious connection, effectively silencing one of those voices is an enormous tragedy.

I have read Professor Finkelstein's books many, many times over and I find not a whiff of any of your reasons for tenure denial. What I do find is a passion for speaking truth (and finding proof of that truth) to the many people in power who would deny any rights to some of the poorest and most defenseless people on this earth.

Please accept this letter as a notice that (for whatever difference a Union tradesperson can make in this country) your school will never be on any list of acceptable schools for my children.

I will expect my kids to have a first rate critical education, and will have to look elsewhere.

Sincerely,
.....
Chicago, Illinois.
Sent : Monday, June 11, 2007 9:54 PM
Subject : Letter to president of De Paul University concerning denial of tenure to Norman Finkelstein

Reverend Holtschneider:

Your denial of tenure to Dr. Norman Finkelstein is dismaying and shameful. Dr. Finkelstein’s powers of analysis and synthesis, the meticulousness of his scholarship, his courage, make him one of the world's most valuable counterweights to the thought police of the US and Israel in these two countries' drive for Middle East hegemony. The power of his voice has earned Dr. Finkelstein the witch-hunting and baiting of individuals and groups purporting to speak in the interests of Israel. That voice may not always be one of dispassionate calm. But a principled academic freedom allows for differences of style. It accepts abrasiveness when the person who sometimes speaks in its tones is a scholar of the breadth and depth Dr. Finkelstein is.

The arena his teaching and writing address is one of grave significance for the world. Iraq lies in ruins because of the neoconservative, Likud-urged drive to “regime-change” there. Israel’s ultra-right-wing government and U.S. “neocons” urge a US nuclear assault on Iran, one that courts Russian and Chinese entry into a nuclear conflict that would threaten the survival of life on the planet. The continuing tragedy of the Palestinian people at the hands of Israel is still central to the Middle East maelstrom. Israel's human rights abuses and war crimes against the Palestinians and, last summer, the Lebanese, have been conclusively explored and denounced not only by Dr. Finkelstein but by other scholars including Israelis like Dr. Avi Schlaim, political figures like the Archbishop Tutu, and human rights organizations including Israel's own B'tselem.

It was inevitable that those promoting Israel’s view of itself in the Arab world and its policies towards that world would pressure you to deny Dr. Finkelstein tenure. It was not inevitable that you would cave into these pressures. Your decision, which shows you honor academic freedom only when it is safe to do so, is a stain on your institution and threatens all of American academia.

..... Ph.D., Harvard University, 1971
Sent : Monday, June 11, 2007 8:54 PM
To : president@depaul.edu
Subject : Norman Finkelstein

Rev. Holtschneider,

When we die and meet Jesus, He will ask us all to account for our lives. He said that as we do unto the least of humanity, we do unto Him. Norman Finkelstein is the least among us because he takes on the powerful and suffers as a consequence. Of course, everyone who takes on the powerful suffers in this world. We Christians should know that better than anyone.

If Jesus asks why you didn’t stand up for Finkelstein, what will you say? Will you have a lame explanation about ad hominem attacks or will you be honest? Will you tell Him you were afraid for your university and its political and financial well being? I hope you do. You can tell the rest of us anything you want, but I certainly hope you are honest with our Lord. Fortunately, He isn’t like us. He’ll forgive you.

I am having a hard time forgiving you for committing this great injustice. My thoughts about you and your decision are very unChristian and that makes me uncomfortable. I will have to pray for greater understanding and compassion. I hope you pray for me too.

Thank you.

.....

New York, NY

Sent : Monday, June 11, 2007 8:10 PM
To : dholtsch@depaul.edu, csuchar@depaul.edu, dersh@law.harvard.edu
Subject : no Catholic blood runs in your veins

Re: DEPAUL DENIES TENURE TO CONTROVERSIAL POLITICAL SCIENCE PROFESSOR
by Ashley M. Heher, Associated Press, June 10, 2007
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/illinois/
chi-ap-il-depaulprofessor,1,5192817.story

Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider C.M. President, DePaul University
dholtsch@depaul.edu
& Charles S. Suchar, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
csuchar@depaul.edu
Dear President Holtschneider and Dean Suchar,

Having been condemned September 27, 235 A.D in metallum (to the mines) for his Catholic Faith, Pope St. Pontian was force-marched from the port, Othoca, to the Sardinian lead mines. His left eye was gouged out with a dagger and the socket cauterized with molten iron. The joints of his left foot were burned to cause painful scarification thereby impairing walking. A nerve, the peroneal nerve, was severed by stabbing behind his right knee to cause a “foot drop,” further impairing walking. He was branded on the forehead. Iron rings were soldered around his ankles then, manacled, his ankles were tethered by a heavy chain to a painfully constricting iron ring around his waist so short that he could only stoop, never to stand straight again. After being burned, stabbed, chained and branded, he was scourged sixty lashes against a stone obelisk, then immediately sent with pick and shovel into the choking poisonous dust of the lead mines to work twenty of every twenty-four hours, subsisting (between beatings) on one meal of coarse bread and water daily – until late in January 236 A.D. when he was martyred.

Catholic martyrs, including the Catholics among the 60-million-plus killed at the hands of Judeo-Bolshevism, have been flayed, grilled on a gridiron, burned, boiled, beaten, devoured, gored, racked, stoned, crushed, drowned, asphyxiated, garroted, hanged, axed, guillotined, impaled, stabbed, flogged, eviscerated, torn, quartered, pummeled, poisoned, gassed, shot, buried, frozen, starved, and worked to death because of our authentic Catholic Faith.

Your cowardly refusal of tenure to Prof. Finkelstein and your sniveling excuse for doing so demonstrate that no Catholic blood runs in your veins.

And fear ye not them that kill the body, and are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him that can destroy both soul and body in hell.…Do not think that I came to send peace upon earth: I came not to send peace, but the sword. – Matthew 10:28-34

St. Simon of Trent, pray for us!

.....

Dear ADC,

As a former ADC intern, I am writing to urge you to issue an immediate ACTION ALERT to respond to the unfair decision to deny university tenure to human rights advocate and Israel critic Norman Finkelstein. Since his parents were holocaust survivors, he is an important voice against Israel's human rights abuses and a prolific champion of the issues we advocate.

Perhaps the ADC alert can urge members to write to Rev. Dennis Holtschneider, University President, whose address is as follows:

Rev. Dennis Holtschneider
Office of the President
1 East Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604

Perhaps ADC members can tell President Holtschneider that the decision to deny tenure to human rights advocate Dr. Finkelstein and the international storm of negative publicity following this act of university intolerance makes them hesitant to donate money to the university or recommend the school to their college-age relatives. Rev. Holtschneider might also be reminded that Arab-Americans are students and faculty at his university, and consist of numerous religious denominations, including those who share his own human rights-embracing Christian faith.

Thank you for your prompt response to this matter. Please do not add my email to any ADC contact lists.

Sincerely,

.....


Sent : Monday, June 11, 2007 4:05 PM
To : president@depaul.edu
Subject : Tenure Denied! What a shame!

Dear Father Holtschneider,

As a peace activist, a scientist, and the daughter of a Middle Eastern Christian family that has lived and thrived in the land that Jesus was born in... I am extremely disappointed in you! I am disappointed for the following reasons:

1.You claim to be an academic and an educator, yet you are denying a scholar who has proven to be an outstanding researcher and teacher tenure for no good reason. The reasons that you have provided are not convincing in any way.

2.You claim to be a Christian who teaches the word of Christ yet your action is unethical, and un-Christian. It is un-Christian because it is unjust. Because it is oppressive. You more than anyone should support or at least protect a dissident voice that speaks the truth, after all Jesus was a rebel.

3.Dr. Finkelstein should not be punished for defending himself and defending a just cause.

Dr. Finkelstein's work on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is integral to our understanding of the conflict and a primer for a peaceful resolution to the conflict. By denying him tenure you are attempting to silence his voice, and you are attempting to marginalize him and his cause. But you will not succeed.

"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted
because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."

Peace, love, and Justice,

.....
Sent : Monday, June 11, 2007 3:54 PM
Subject : Re: Chi Sun-Times, ChiTrib: DePaul denies tenure for Prof. Norman Finkelstein; Critic of Israel 'disappointed,' unbowed

On the same subject, I received the following message from Bill Christison. which, as a Catholic, I wholeheartedly endorse -- Basem

I plan to demonstrate publicly but without violence this coming Sunday (June 17, 2007) against the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in Rome for condoning the actions of one of its subordinate units – De Paul University in Chicago, Illinois, USA – in denying tenure for Dr. Norman Finkelstein because of the latter’s criticism of the policies of the government of Israel and the government of the United States in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

My strong belief is that Dr. Finkelstein is an honest and highly competent scholar who seeks justice for and an end to oppression of the Palestinian people, who live in the West Bank, in the Gaza Strip, in Israel itself, and in many other parts of the world in refugee camps and as exiles. My belief also is that he was denied tenure because of these views and because a massive campaign was launched against him by the Israel lobby in the United States – a campaign that those Catholic officials who presently dominate the management of De Paul University were unwilling to stand up against.

This demonstration in Santa Fe, New Mexico will begin at 9:00 a.m., June 17, across the street from the main entrance of St. Francis Cathedral in Santa Fe, on one of the corners of Cathedral Place and San Francisco St. I will be there alone if necessary but hope others will join in, as long as they are willing to accept that the demonstration must be peaceful, and that they not cross the street and go onto the grounds of the Cathedral or block anyone from entering the Cathedral or say anything critical of those entering. I am personally not a Catholic, but my sign will urge people planning to go to the 10:00 a.m. Mass to boycott that Mass instead, and join us in the demonstration. I do not intend to say anything derogatory to anyone while I am demonstrating, although I will give anyone who expresses interest in me a brochure explaining the Finkelstein tenure issue. I will stay until 10:00 a.m. and then leave.

I not only hope that others will join me in this demonstration. I hope that yet others, reading this message, will organize similar demonstrations near other Catholic churches. I further hope that we can carry on similar demonstrations on future Sundays, all around this country and abroad, until the hierarchy of the Catholic church in Rome takes note of us, and until that hierarchy compels its subordinates at De Paul University to reverse the unjust decision on Dr. Finkelstein.

If anyone reading this thinks I am overreacting, that is unfortunate. The Israel lobby simply should not be allowed to win this round. There is little doubt that some will argue that the Catholic hierarchy in Rome had nothing to do with the decision against Finkelstein. But there is also little doubt that the hierarchy can overrule that decision if it wishes. And it says something that, to me, is utterly despicable if the hierarchy of the church refuses to overrule its own underlings at De Paul.

.....
Sent : Monday, June 11, 2007 3:10 PM
To : president@depaul.edu
Subject : Tenure

Dear Father Holtschneider,

I cannot seem to find the words to express my outrage at the decision handed down in the Norman Finkelstein tenure case. However, three words do come to mind:

SHAME! SHAME! SHAME!

Sincerely,

.....
Sent : Monday, June 11, 2007 3:10 PM
To : DePaulPresidentsOffice@depaul.edu
Subject : Tenure decision on Norman Finkelstein

Dear Rev. Holtschneider:

It is a low point in higher education in the US, but somehow not surprising, that DePaul University was frightened and subsequently buckled under the ugly and craven PR campaign against Professor Norman Finkelstein's tenure consideration.

I have no doubt that many if not most other US universities and colleges would have also failed to stand on principle when confronted with Alan Dershowitz'z pattented attack campaign.

Do not take solace in being part of the crowd -- that's not exactly good company to keep.

On occassion, though, some leaders see through the vicious sounding blather -- such as California's governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger and the UC board of trustees.

In his book review, Neve Gordon writes of Finklestein's book, Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History, "It is not everyday that a professor hires a prestigious law firm to threaten the University of California Press, yet for months Alan Dershowitz, Harvard's Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, tried to stop UC Press from publishing Norman Finkelstein's Beyond Chutzpah. When the Press' director Lynne Withey replied that she believed in academic freedom and would therefore go ahead with the book, Dershowitz sent letters to the university's board of trustees and even to California's governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, asking them to intervene on his behalf. Following both the trustees' and governor's decision not to get involved, one would have thought that the struggle had ended, but now that the book is on the shelves it seems that a new campaign is underway; this time an attempt to cancel the author's reading engagements for example at Harvard B ookstore and Barnes and Noble in Chicago." Gordon concludes his review saying,'The major irony informing this saga is that Finkelstein's book, not Dershowtiz's, constitutes the real case for Israel, that is, for a moral Israel.'" (History News Network on line, posted October 12, 2005)

The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that you wrote that,"'On the record before me, I cannot in good faith conclude that you honor' those collegial obligations, Father Holtschneider told Mr. Finkelstein in the letter. 'Nor can I conclude that your scholarship honors our university's commitment to creating an environment in which all persons engaged in research and learning exercise academic freedom and respect it in others.'"

The CHE article continues, "In an interview over the weekend with The Chronicle, Mr. Finkelstein took strong exception to the letter's verdict on his character as a scholar and to what he called 'this vicious, sordid campaign to dirty my name so that there's a pretext for getting rid of me.' He said that the university tenure-and- promotion board had relied on the so-called minority report -- a document put together by the three members of the departmental committee who opposed giving Mr. Finkelstein tenure -- rather than the 'majority report' compiled by the nine committee members who supported him."

Good faith? When you choose to draw your final conclusion from opinions of three individuals who voted against tenure for Finkelstein and not from the majority opinions of the nine who were in favor? I think that's bad faith in every sense of the word.

Your university's pat phrases of "diversity" and statements in which you state that your mission is to prepare "women and men to be at the forefront of their chosen fields as ethical and socially engaged leaders," ring hollow.

What an important lesson it would have been to be forthright and stand up against the onslaught of defamation (a paper tiger actually) by Dershowitz and his fellow travelers and grant tenure to someone who has done thorough and comprehensive research and written insightfully, accurately, honestly and extensively about, arguably, the world's most divisive and dangerous conflict.

.....

New York ps Full disclosure: I personally don't know Prof. Finkelstein nor have I ever met him. But I do know when I've seen an injustice and a failure of principled leadership at a Catholic institution.

To the President's Office at DePaul University

Fr. Holtschneider,

Would you deny the right of life to Jesus Christ? A fanatic cult of Jewish Rabbis decided to have Christ crucified. Not all Jews agreed - Mary was Jewish, as were many of the Apostles and Disciples. Even one or two rabbis disagreed. But an honest man was crucified because he told the truth. Would you persecute an honest man?

Today and for more than 50 years, the Palestinians have been raped, their home and lands taken, their children and parents and spouses killed, their water, food, medicine, money and respect taken - and Zionist Jews have been the murderers, rapists and aggressors in these heinous crimes that make the Holocaust look like a boy scout exercise.

My grandfather died in the Holocaust. I have several relatives that were shot during the Holocaust. I have read much about it from both sides.

Jewish Zionists have successfully controlled the American and most International media. Thus, they have been able to easily lie about the facts of the Palestinian invasion.

Have you joined them? If so, you are a supporter of the rape and killing of innocent victims, in most cases unarmed men, women and children.

You are a Harvard graduate. Dershowitz is a Harvard professor.

AIPAC is a Zionist lobbying group that promotes the rape and killing, and AIPAC is closely connected to Harvard.

But of course, you would not allow these influences to consider your decisions. You are a priest.

There has been one light shining in the darkness. This light has illumined the truth. You and the students at DePaul are privileged to have Professor Finkelstein, a Jewish professor suffer the consequences of standing up to the real truth among his own people and the so-called Catholic professors at DePaul. But these professors are not Catholic when they do not accept the truth. The truth is unpopular, as Jesus taught us. But many people read about Jesus, they do not know Jesus. There is a big difference. I had hoped you would overcome the mistakes of a few dissenters and the pressure from the Zionist and Harvard lobby. Your statement says this did not influence you, but it seems either it did, or you are really not Catholic. Or perhaps you had to take some action against Professor Finkelstein that you gathered out of the past, and then used this as an excuse to deny tenure.

It may take a few minutes to do some research to find the truth. But to judge without the truth is a terrible sin. Especially when it is done while listening to those who are committing the crimes. What is the price of this sin? Read the books written by a great Jesuit - Fr. Shouppe. These two books were written many years ago, but carefully researched. Everything still applies today. The titles of these books are entitled "Purgatory" and "Hell". They are published by TAN Books in Rockford, IL.

A few months ago at Viterbo College (Now being renamed Viterbo University) in La Crosse, Wisconsin; a lecture was given by Eli Wiesel - sometime ago named the "clown prince" by Professor Finkelstein. A very accurate title for Wiesel the Zionist. His statement concerning the efforts of Pope Pius XII to speak for, protect and save the Jews during the war, has been published in The Catholic Times" in the October 19th , 2006 issue on Page 3. He stated that "His (Pope Pius XII) silence during those years is howling". Yet the record shows that there was a very special ceremony by the leading Jewish Rabbis at the end of the war, honoring Pope Pius XII for the speeches he made against Hitler, the many thousands of Jews he saved through a network developed by the Vatican and the help he gave to so many Jews after the war. This was a special ceremony that was well documented. But apparently Eli Wiesel and other Zionists are not aware of this, or choose not to tell the truth about it. After so many years of lecturing, we know that it is not a case of Wiesel not knowing it, it is clearly a case of a blatant lie in order to allow the world to continue to grieve for the Holocaust victims and continue to condemn the Pope and all those who have fought against the Hitler regime. Thus supporting the mass murder of the Palestinian people by the Israeli Zionist government.

Apparently you also support Eli Wiesel. This means of course that you do not support Pope Pius XII.

Professor Finkelstein told the truth when he referred to Wiesel as the "Clown Prince". But Wiesel is not only a clown, he is aiding and abetting the mass murder in the plot to ethnically cleanse Israel of their rightful Palestinian owners. Thus the truth in this case must be told. But you seem to be condemning the truth and the messenger.

May God have mercy on you.

.....

Minneapolis, MN
Sent: Monday, June 11, 2007 9:53 AM
To: 'president[at]depaul.edu'
Subject: Norman Finkelstein

Dear President Holtschneider:

It was with deep sorrow that I learned of your action to deny Normal Finkelstein tenure at DePaul. I was appalled that you caved in to deliberate defamation of character. I challenge you to find fault with his meticulously researched publications or his excellent teaching. Clearly he upsets those extremists who champion Israel right or wrong. If they could challenge the veracity of his work, they would not need to defame him and distort his personal history. It seems you have allowed yourself to be influenced by those activated to defeat Finkelstein. If the academy cannot protect those whose research lead them to conclusions on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict unpopular with organized dissenters, then why bother to pretend that American academe is open to diverse views based on solid research criteria.

Rev. Holtschneider, shame on you, shame on DePaul, and shame on the values you pretend to uphold.

Simmons College
Sent : Monday, June 11, 2007 1:11 PM
CC : DePaulPresidentsOffice@depaul.edu
Subject : justice denied

Dear Professor Finkelstein,

Your tenure denial says a great deal about DePaul University, Harvard University, and the abysmal state of intellectual discourse in the United States. The Israeli lobby will be trying to burn your books next.

Millions of Americans know about Dershowitz and the Israeli lobby. What we are only now discovering is the absolute cowardice of the nation's institutions of higher education. They often stand for the antithesis of intellectual pursuit: the currying of favor from the rich and powerful.

One can only be disgusted at those in power who would betray both their intellectual standards and personal integrity to become a footnote in the rise of fascist America.

.....

Take a look at a grassroots group fighting apartheid: http://www.mideastcrisis.org.

* * * * *


rom : melvin sherwood gaot_321[at]yahoo.com
Sent : Monday, June 11, 2007 1:13 PM
Subject : From Melvin Sherwood

Hi Widdle Normy,
Did u get ur feewings huut?
Are u gonna be mad at aww the academic bwonshurts now?
Are u gonna stomp ur widdle feet?
Poor widdle Normy, he's abnormaw in his bwain.

Abnormal Norman
by all good folk blacklisted,
T'was his hate for his parents
that made him so twisted.

Ur widdle fwend,
Mel
June 11, 2007

Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider
President, DePaul University

It was with great disappointment that I read of your denial of tenure for Professor Norman Finkelstein (http://www.normanfinkelstein.com/). Prof. Finkelstein's work is highly respected not only in the United States but around the world. He is a brilliant researcher and writer and is certainly a positive presence on the DePaul University Campus.

Why would you deny this man the respect and honor he deserves by being awarded tenure? I disagree with your statement that Finkelstein "...divert(s) the conversation away from consideration of ideas ..." I have read Prof. Finkelstein's works and think that his writings center the conversation on ideas, not personalities. Prof. Finkelstein displays a concern for truth without preference for the personalities involved. Such integrity is rare today. That you can boast the presence of Prof. Finkelstein on your campus and faculty is a rare privilege you should be holding up to public awareness and approbation, not punishing by denying tenure.

Dean Chuck Suchar's assessment that Finkelstein has an "attack-style scholarship" is ludicrous. The very nature of scholarship is that it question, attack and upend our notions and preconceptions in the market place of ideas. Failure on the part of journalists, historians, theologians, professors, deans, university presidents, ministers and authors promotes an atmosphere of acquiescence, servility and academic incest, not openess, awareness and truth. The place to battle Finkelstein's ideas, if you disagree with them, is in the classroom, the op-ed columns and the publishing houses, not in a University Board on Promotion and Tenure meeting where honor, reason and truth succumb to fear and craven submission.

Jesus said, "You will know the truth and the truth will set you free" (John 8:32). Unfortunately, DePaul University failed to uphold this basic truth from the heart of Jesus.

.....

Ulysses, Kansas

Sent : Monday, June 11, 2007 11:59 AM
Subject : Holtschneider

Dear Norman,

I'm sure you'd like to put the issue of your tenure behind you, but I can't resist commenting on Holtschneider. I read his letter to you this morning at David Peterson's ZNet blog. He claims that outside pressure had nothing to do with his decision, and he may not be wrong. My impression is that he speaks with a lot of conviction, whether as a man of the cloth or as a pedagogue, when he says in essence that you are unfit to teach at DePaul. At first I thought these kinds of claims, which I first noticed when Suchar made his decision, were merely a justification for getting rid of you because you were a liability. No doubt that's part of it--and maybe, whether Holtschneider or Suchar realize it, that's all this rejection is about--but I think there was more moral outrage and real hostility than bureaucratic justification in Holtschneider's letter. Hence if "pressure" from the ADL, etc., was not an influence, then certainly all the poison from your enemies must have been. It's the only way of explaining his tone which, even though he's a cleric, you'd have to call sanctimonious.

What's perfectly clear is that he hasn't read your books; otherwise, he wouldn't make these claims of ad hominem attacks, etc. He based his judgment on what he's read about you. In short, he's taken at face value the putative statements you've made that reveal you as a character assassin in public discourse.

All in all, this whole issue is a sad thing on many levels, and at this particular moment I can't help focusing on the intellectual one. You've been generously apologetic about the administration by saying that questions of fundraising, etc., have compelled them to let you go, but I think they actually believe many of the charges against you. Hence frankly, I don't think Suchar or Holtschneider can read, or at least be able to read analytically. They have not read your work, nor have they read critically the accusations of your enemies. Despite their sanctimony and their notions of academic decorum and peer relations, etc., they have no real interest in actual scholarship.

This state of affairs of course doesn't exist just at "third-rate Catholic universities." As always, the top-tier schools set the standard for the rest of the country.

.....
Sent : Monday, June 11, 2007 10:59 AM
Subject : Denial of Tenure to Norman Finkelstein

Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider C.M.
President, DePaul University
dholtsch@depaul.edu

Dear President Holtschneider

In your enthusiastic support for DePaul's university's inquisition against the brilliant author and researcher Norman Finkelstein, culminating with the denial of tenure, you have disgraced the legacy of your institution's namesake, St. Vincent DePaul, who fought without fear or favor for the rights of the unpopular and the oppressed.

In your disingenuous statement, you use risible jargon to justify the repression against Dr. Finkelstein, claiming Finkelstein "...divert(s) the conversation away from consideration of ideas, and polarize and simplify conversations that deserve layered and subtle consideration."

Actually Finkelstein's meticulous research stimulated the "conversation" in ways too dynamic and subtle for the Israeli lobby to handle.

You obviously feared the effect of bucking the Israeli lobby on your university's endowment. In other words, you sold Finkelstein for thirty pieces of silver. May God have mercy on your soul for the grave injustice you have done to a courageously honest and highly independent scholar, whose original research is desperately needed for the enlightenment of humanity; an enlightenment you have denied the students of DePaul University.

Sincerely,

.....
Sent : Monday, June 11, 2007 10:13 AM
To : president@depaul.edu
Subject : Finkelstein

Dear Father Holtschneider,

I am writing in relation to the denial of tenure to Norman Finkelstien. While I am certain that you have received countless emails on this matter, I feel it important to add my own voice.

I am a student at the University of Cambridge. I have read two of Finkelstein's books and I have found them to be of an exemplarary sholarly standard - an inspiration no less for someone, like me, who wishes to go into academia.

That Finkelstein should be denied tenure is outrageous, particularly in view of the unanimous approval of his department members that he be give it. To have such academic approval over-ruled by political concerns is a damning indictment of the system that seems to exist at De Paul. I must say, at Cambridge, or any other institutions I have have knowledge of, interference of this sort would not be tolerated.

For the sake of the credibility of your university, I would suggest a radical realignment of policy on this matter. Or, perhaps a more sweeping realignment of values is what is needed.

Sincerely,

.....

University of Cambridge

To: dmattson@depaul.edu
Sent: Monday, June 11, 2007 6:17 AM
Subject: in re: Norman Finkelstein
To whom it may concern:

I have followed the controversy regarding the issue you had created over granting tenure to the eminently qualified Norman Finkelstein, and note with dismay and disgust your decision to allow political pressure to trump the overriding issues of truth and academic freedom.

You have done your institution and its reputation a great disservice.

.....



Sent : Monday, June 11, 2007 4:06 AM
Subject : DePaul denies tenure to Finkelstein

My people, Scots- Irish, came to the Colonies in the 1600s to avoid brutal conflicts with Irish Catholics. They founded AMERICA - a Protestant country - Home of the brave and land of the free! I am acutely aware of the reason we left them behind, but I don't understand why we allowed them to follow us. There was not a Catholic church in our country when it was founded it (I believe they had all been burned).

We fought, sacrificed and died for our cherished First Amendment freedoms and anyone who is too fragile for our cherished First Amendment freedoms should find another country! Bon Voyage!

I believe it was Voltaire that said, "I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend until death your right to say it." Mr. Finkelstein has the courage to speak the truth and should be honored. Instead he is being persecuted. This behavior is un- American! The looser is not Mr. Finkelstein, but the students who will be deprived of cerebral thought and reflection.

The insidious Alan Dershowitz seems to be under some illusion that the is the arbiter of our First Amendment freedoms though Mr. Dershowitz has never made any sacrifices for those freedoms. He viciously attacked President Carter which helped sell thousands of President Carter's book, PALESTINE PEACE NOT APARTHEID. It is refreshing to find a Jew, like Mr. Finkelstein, who is not begging, whining or lying, but is telling the truth.

For years I thought only six million people died in the Holocaust. Actually, Eleven million people died in the Holocaust, but we heard only about the six million Jews. Over fifty million died during WWll, but we hear only about the six million Jews! Ten generations of my family have fought, sacrificed and died for America, so we are tired of hearing about the six million Jews. We are tired of having our tax dollars extorted for Israel. While the victims of Katrina experienced a Holocaust because of the incompetence of this administration, Israel begged and received $2.2 billion to remove Israeli thugs from occupied land in Gaza.

Father Holtschneider is obviously intimidated by Jewish groups, but he should remember they came to our country -- a country with First Amendment freedoms and those too fragile for our cherished First Amendment freedoms should not be in my country. My (5-greats) grandfather was a hero during the Revolutionary War. It is not just my right, but my duty to defend our freedoms for which he and so many brave people sacrificed so much.

Father Holtschneider has insulted our founding fathers and deprived young people of a much needed cerebral, informed education. Shame on Father Holtschneider! This persecution of Mr. Finkelstein will endear him to those of us who cherish our Constitutional freedoms.

Chagrined,

.....

Sent : Sunday, June 10, 2007 11:48 PM
To : dpalumni@depaul.edu
Subject : Remove My Name From Mailing Lists

I want my name to be REMOVED from all DePaul mailing lists. I also do not wish to be bothered by phone calls asking for donations. There was a time when I was very proud of having graduated from DePaul University. Not anymore.

I am thoroughly disgusted, appalled, saddened and angered by the decision to deny Professor Norman Finkelstein tenure. DePaul University does not deserve him. DePaul University deserves the likes of Allan Dershowitz, a total train wreck of an academic who has nothing better to with his time but destroy the credible reputation of professors who wish to tell the truth only to be condemned for it. DePaul University has proven how pathetic of an institution it is by caving in to outside pressure. Well done DePaul. Congratulations on promoting and upholding your Vincentian values.

Sincerely,
...... .....

To: DePaulPresidentsOffice@depaul.edu
Subject: Tenure Denial
Date: Sat, 9 Jun 2007 14:15:42 -0700 (PDT)

Dear Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M.,

I am writing to you to express my shock and displeasure at the news that Prof. Norman G. Finkelstein has been denied tenure.

I am fully aware that Mr. Finkelstein is a controversial figure and that DePaul has been lobbied by the Alan Dershowitz (who's expertise in Finkelstein's field is nonexistent to the best of my knowledge). I just finished his book on the Holocaust Industry and can understand why some people find his scholarship upsetting , but I was impressed by its thorough documentation. I need not remind you that it is often controversial scholars who open up new areas of research and debate and breathe new life into stale areas.

I hold graduate degrees from the University of Iowa and the University of Illinois, and I am an educator in a central Illinois high school. I will defintely not be recommending DePaul to students, given the lack of intellectual independence that this denial of tenure represents.

I hope you will seriously reconsider this decision and do what is right: see that Professor Finkelstein receives the tenure he has earned.

Sincerely,
.....
Urbana, IL

Dear President Holtschneider,

I am writing this letter to let you know how disappointed I am with DePaul’s tenure decision regarding Professor Finkelstein. I was in Professor Finkelstein’s HON 201 class during Spring Quarter 2007, and I regard it as one of the best classes I have taken at DePaul University. Professor Finkelstein is an incredibly intelligent man, and the philosophy that I learned from him will stay with me my whole life. He is a dynamic and interesting teacher. I am lucky to have had him, and I regret that other DePaul students will lose out on my opportunity. It is also worth mentioning that Professor Finkelstein never mentioned anything to do with Israel, the Palestinians, or the Holocaust without being directly asked by his students.

I am ashamed that DePaul University couldn’t ignore the ridiculous and pointless controversy surrounding this decision, and instead bowed to outside pressure. I can see no other reason why Professor Finkelstein would fail to receive tenure; his student reviews are good and he is more well published than nearly any member of the DePaul faculty. The reasoning I have heard is that Professor Finkelstein does not respect others, which may or may not be true. However, as far as I can tell, academia is a very ruthless and somewhat catty institution. I have no doubt that every professor at DePaul has negative things to say about their colleagues rather than just their colleagues’ works; to see someone lose tenure over such remarks is fairly ridiculous. Finally, regardless of what you, I, or anyone else think of his writings, I find this censorship at the University level to be very disturbing.

The loss of Professor Finkelstein will be a very big loss to our University.

Thank you for your time,

.....



From: Alfred de Zayas
To: dmattson[at]depaul.edu ; las[at]depaul.edu
Sent: Tuesday, June 12, 2007 7:53 AM
Subject: Professor Norman Finkelstein

To the President of
DePaul University
Chicago
The Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M

Dear Reverend Holtschneider,

as a former visiting professor at DePaul University College of Law (1993-94), I deplore the decision of the university faculty to deny Professor Norman Finkelstein tenure.

I have read Professor Finkelstein's books and consider them significant contributions to academic discourse and most necessary in a democratic society. I have used several of his books in my courses and the students have considerably benefited from them. He challenges the reader and helps us discard old canards -- an important pedagogic gift since Socrates.

As I see it, universities ought to encourage pluralism rather than conformism. Finkelstein's academic candour has been badly rewarded.

As a retired senior lawyer with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Secretary of the Human Rights Committee and Chief of Petitions, I consider the decision a discouragement to the exercise of academic freedom. As President of the PEN Club in the French speaking cantons of Switzerland, I view the negative vote on Finkelstein as a weakening of the right to seek and impart information.

I have long considered Professor Finkelstein, together with Professor Cherif Bassiouni, to be the leading academics at DePaul. It is DePaul that loses prestige and credibility.

Sincerely yours,

Alfred de Zayas
Professor of international law at the Geneva School of Diplomacy
Professor of international relations at the Schiller International University in Leysin
www.alfreddezayas.com


Sent : Tuesday, June 12, 2007 9:07 PM
To : president[at]depaul.edu
CC : normangf[at]hotmail.com
Subject : Re: Some Input

Dear Rev. Holtschneider,

I suspect you have stopped reading much of your e-mail, as your inbox is probably quite distressing.

I also suspect that history repeats itself, often cruelly. Michael Servetus was murdered by John Calvin, with Calvin, the coward, refusing to watch the execution. The dirty work was impersonal, elsewhere; in short, it was delegated to another. Such is Christian piety, to avoid "dirtying" oneself in the wake of funeral pyres. Purification through fire, to "fire" -- "to fire," to purge; the colloquial sense of the verb seems to take on a new significance in this context, as it has RICH historical precedents, to say the least.

Moreover, I also suspect that John Calvin went through some serious self-reflection, some bout of self-justification, before passively allowing the execution. What could have he said ? Maybe something like, "I find no compelling reason to overturn the decision" ? Did he satisfy himself ? Possibly, as injustice almost always requires rationalization.

And when Servetus could no longer be tortured, Sebastian Castellio was. Remember his famous dictum ? "To burn a man alive does not defend a doctrine, but slays a man." "To fire" -- that is, to send to the funeral pyre, all because of a little pressure. To Calvin, it was ideological. To contemporary observers, similar events are just as bad. Isn't it interesting that after Calvin destroyed Servetus, Servetus's long-time defender, Castellio, was subjected to the same, but with less fanfare ?

Does any of this ring a bell ?

A few months ago, I wanted to send you a package: Stefan Zweig's -- that admirable, kind man -- "Right to Heresy," a biography of Castellio and a critical monograph on the Reformation, but decided against it. Would you read it ? If not, a pity. If so, you might have learned something and stood by your conscience, without the Calvinesque self-justifications.

They're not fooling anybody.

.....



Dear Father,

I wish to convey my deepest regret that you did not see fit to overturn the DePaul Tenure Board's negative recommendation regarding Professor Norman Finkelstein.

Norman Finkelstein is recognized as a first-rate scholar and exemplary teacher. His scholarship and academic integrity in approaching the Israeli-Palestinian question has won him the loyal following of students, academic colleagues and the public at large but also the fiercest of enemies. These individuals, like Alan Dershowitz, have huge media and political reach. I can only believe that pressures from the powerful Jewish and Christian Zionist lobbies in our country could have affected your judgment and that of DePaul's Tenure Board. Given his academic credentials there is no other possible explanation for not granting Professor Finkelstein tenure.

As a fellow catholic, nephew of a Jesuit priest, member of a family of academics and son of a Columbia University Professor of Medicine, I feel ashamed for all catholics today as well as deeply saddened that a black stain should now besmirch DePaul's reputation and conscience.

Respectfully Yours,

Monday, June 11, 2007
DePaul University Denies Tenure to Norman Finkelstein

Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider C.M.
President, DePaul University
dholtsch@depaul.edu

Dear President Holtschneider

In your enthusiastic support for DePaul's university's inquisition against the brilliant author and researcher Norman Finkelstein, culminating with the denial of tenure, you have disgraced the legacy of your institution's namesake, St. Vincent DePaul, who fought without fear or favor for the rights of the unpopular and the oppressed.

In your disingenuous statement, you use risible jargon to justify the repression against Dr. Finkelstein, claiming Finkelstein "...divert(s) the conversation away from consideration of ideas, and polarize and simplify conversations that deserve layered and subtle consideration."

Actually Finkelstein's meticulous research stimulated the "conversation" in ways too dynamic and subtle for the Israeli lobby to handle.

You obviously feared the effect of bucking the Israeli lobby on your university's endowment. In other words, you sold Finkelstein for thirty pieces of silver. May God have mercy on your soul for the grave injustice you have done to a courageously honest and highly independent scholar, whose original research is desperately needed for the enlightenment of humanity; an enlightenment you have denied the students of DePaul University.

Sincerely, Michael A. Hoffman II

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To:
DePaul University President,
Father Dennis Holtschneider

Submitting to corruption.

I note from the press that you have submitted to the corrupt NeoCon and TheoCon ideology of these times and denied tenure to your most widely read and much respected scholar. I speak of course about the well known warrior for historical truth, justice and human rights Dr. Norman Finkelstein.

By this unjust and unethical action you repeat the servile and lickspittle capitulation to those who would rewrite and falsify the history of Palestine that is so common in US academia and in the corporate media.

I feel saddened and disappointed by your action, as one who was raised as a Vincentian I felt sure that the traditional protection of the oppressed which has historically characterised the Vincentian order would in the final analysis serve to protect Dr. Finkelstein from his establishment critics. Instead you have proved to be a pushover and like a good puppy or lapdog you did as you were expected to do by those in powerful positions.

But this is not just about an individual person, it is also about a monstrous injustice against truth concerning the Palestian land confiscations, massacres, expulsions and ethic cleansing and it is about seeking a just peace in the Middle East.

Dr. Finkelstein's work is not simply about correcting falsehoods concerning the historical record, it is also about preventing the continuation of land dispossession and further large scale removals and killings of Palestinians which will come about all the more certainly as people like you collude with the murderers, the oppressors and the land grabbers.

You falsely accuse Dr. Finkelstein of shortcomings in his scholarship and professional conduct but Dr. Finkelstein does not call for bloody violent revolution or revenge, he calls for peace through the observation and application of international law and a just solution to the problems of the Middle East based on a true reading of history and an objective analysis of the facts. Dr. Finkelstein rightly criticises those who produce on a massive scale false pseudo academic histories and who everyday produce more ludicrous statements against the truth.

It will not have escaped your notice that the accepted academic authorities and global experts in the fields studied and written about by Dr. Finkelstein defend his views and not the opinions of his detractors. For example there is the well known expert historian Prof. Raul Hilberg, a most distinguished Holocaust historian. His three-volume study The Destruction of the European Jews is regarded as the seminal work in the field. Prof.Hilberg has let it be known that he is broadly in agreement with the work of Dr. Finkelstein and that this case worries him as to "the future of academic freedom".

This makes your decision all the more disgraceful. To hide what is essentially a blunt political trashing you use words taken from Victorian texts on the manners of gentlefolk, words like "comportment" and you introduce falsehoods, subjective remarks or quotes by Dr. Finkelstein's public enemies when you say things like "several concerns touching upon his scholarship, specifically...the intellectual character of his work and his persona as a public intellectual" and "some might interpret parts of his >scholarship as 'deliberately hurtful' as well as provocative more for inflammatory effect than to carefully critique or challenge accepted assumptions;" that "criticism has been expressed for his inflammatory style and personal attacks in his writings and intellectual debates;" and that "it was questioned by some whether Dr. Finkelstein effectively contributes to the public discourse on sensitive societal issues."

You say things like this when every day Dr. Finkelstein's critics "comport" themselves in public and in the media with a raft of vicious lies and transparent propaganda. You can not produce a single false statement that Dr. Finkelstein has made on the facts that he writes and speaks about, including the conduct of his critics.

Your action is another nail in the coffin of the institutions of Roman Catholic Church and falls squarely in line with the concealment of injustice that we have seen elsewhere in catholic circles notably in the clerical child abuse and sexual abuse scandals of recent decades where we now know that at the highest levels the RCC has been covering up numerous serious crimes on an industrial scale. If the RCC can do that sort of thing against it's own members, it's own women and children then I suppose it makes it easier to betray one who defends the rights of the Palestinians.

You, Father Holtschneider, will go down in history as one who was on the wrong side of truth, as one who sided with the imperialists, the academic liars such as Alan Dershowitz and other racist Zionists, with the NeoCons, the TheoCons, the warmongers and the oil looters.

Prof. Francis Boyle, a noted international lawyer, human rights expert and supporter of Dr. Finkelstein has made this salient comment; "As for Dershowitz, he is a self-incriminated war criminal who publicly admitted that he serves on a Mossad Committee that authorizes the murder and assassination of Palestinians, which constitutes a grave violation of the Geneva Conventions and thus a serious war crime. Dershowitz is also infamous around the world for being this country's foremost advocate for torture".

You action against Dr. Finkelstein is a blatant public outrage against the truth and academic freedom and it disgusts me.

T.M.


Dear Sirs --

Like many around the world, I am astounded at the poor decision by Depaul University to not grant tenure to Norman Finkelstein, a world-class polltical scientist, researcher and author of controversial matters. There is no doubt that anyone could find minor cause for complaint with Dr. Finkelstein, particularly in some of his rhetoric which seemed undiplomatic. But, if I recall correctly, Norman Finkestein is not a diplomat, he is a scholar whose meticulous and painstakingly accurate work has itself come under vicious attack replete with lies, personal attacks, ad hominum attacks and gross distortions of his published statements. If Dr. Finkelstein's minor flaws are set in the context of enormous, unrelenting stream of malicious error and falsehood heaped against him, he seems like a saint in comparison, not merely a diplomat.

Why cannot DePaul's administrators see this, when academics of worldwide reputation in the fields studied by Norman Finkelstein have repeatedly commented publicly in his favor?

Jesus Christ himself got angry and violently overturned the tables of the money changers in the temple. He was indignant and expressed himself in a profound manner, not unlike the way Norman Finkelstein has cast the money changers out of the Holocaust.

DePaul University should be honoring Dr. Finkelstein, not denying him tenure. Your failure will be someone else's gain and if justice prevails, which does happen occasionally in this world, Dr. Finkelstein will land on his feet with his career intact, his professional integrity tried and proven, and his sorely needed contribution to justice and scholarship unimpeded.

Cheers to Norman Finkelstein! Shame on DePaul University!

S.M.


From: maria_m_tudor[at]yahoo.com
To: president[at]depaul.edu
CC: normangf[at]hotmail.com
Subject: Professor Norman Finkelstein
Date: Sun, 10 Jun 2007 22:33:57 -0700 (PDT)

Father Holtschneider,

I have read your letter to Professor Finkelstein, supposedly “explaining’ your decision to deny him tenure, with much shock and disbelief. Those less naïve than me would of course find my shock childish, but the honest – albeit ridiculous – truth is that, as a Christian, I held high hopes that a man of the cloth in an authoritative position would prove that, despite its many grievances, the Church can still be the voice of truth and justice.

In your letter to the Professor, you “find no compelling reasons to overturn the UBPT’s decision”, despite the fact that the Political Science Department voted 9-3 in favour of tenure, the College Personnel Committee voted 5-0 also in favour of tenure and the two external reviewers of Professor’s Finkelstein’s work were favourable. We could also add in the significant opinions of renowned scholars such as Noam Chomsky, Raul Hilberg and Avi Shlaim, but let’s assume for argument’s sake that you really did not want to succumb to outside influence (even though one could easily find evidence to the contrary).

The whole case for denying tenure (feel free to draw connections with the by now famous Case for Israel) rests on two allegations: 1) that there are “several concerns touching upon his [Professor Finkelstein’s] scholarship, specifically …the intellectual character of his work and his persona as a public intellectual” and 2) the Professor’s “ad hominem attacks on scholars with whom” he “disagrees”. Yet not a shred of evidence is provided to support these claims. Some newspapers have quoted you as saying that you have read “some” (sic) of Professor’s Finkelstein’s work. I have read three of his books and I am now in the process of reading the fourth. I have also listened to at least five of his lectures and have seen him debate several of his opponents on the Democracy Now news program. So far, I have found absolutely no evidence of the charges you have made against him (unless of course they are all to be miraculously found in the work which I have not read so far), so I would be much obliged if you could point me in the right direction and provide some specific examples.

I have no doubt that by now you have already received a significant number of letters regarding your decision to deny Professor Finkelstein tenure, but this realization does not deter me from becoming yet another one who writes. In fact, I hope you will continue to receive such messages for a long time and that they will serve as painful reminders of the day you decided to play – and miserably failed at playing - the Grand Inquisitor.

Ironically, you chose to send your letter out during the June 5th week, when the world (or at least those who acquiesce to normal moral standards throughout the world) has been mournfully marking 40 years of criminal occupation in Palestine. By attempting to delegitimize one of the most important scholars of the Israeli-Palestine conflict, you are guilty of willfully silencing the victim. I cannot help but wonder if you’ll ever be able to silence the whisper: "that thou doest, do quickly".

I wish I could weigh in with a lofty academic’s signature, but I humbly have to admit that I am a 28-year-old nobody. However, as an aspiring Grand Inquisitor, I think that you will agree with me that we – the feeble and irrelevant masses – should have been the ones you should have aimed to convince. Not only am I not convinced by the puerile arguments you provided, but you have also managed to insult my all too average intelligence.

Yours,

Maria Tudor


From: robin_krueger[at]yahoo.com
To: president[at]depaul.edu
CC: normangf[at]hotmail.com
Subject: Your decision to deny tenure to Professor Finkelstein
Date: Sun, 10 Jun 2007 22:16:01 -0700 (PDT)

Dear Father Holtschneider,

Using your logic, it seems Jesus Christ himself deserved punishment for flipping moneychangers' tables and pesky "ad hominem attacks" on ghoulish Pharisees, right?

Go ahead, Father, shed a tear for old Jerusalem, a shining city that nailed down Christ and let him rot in the sun. What a town.

And thanks a bunch for lifting hearts and minds. Humanity was begging for another kiss-up, kick-down cleric.

Sincerely,
Robin Krueger


From: rmkraus[at]sbcglobal.net
To: DePaulPresidentsOffice[at]depaul.edu
CC: normangf[at]hotmail.com
Subject: Finkelstein
Date: Sun, 10 Jun 2007 22:33:57 -0400

Observation by an outsider

Father Holtschneider

Putting aside "deliberately hurtful" scholarship, the decision to deny tenure to Finfelstein appears to be heavily based upon internet blogs and statements and threats by Dershowitz, neither of which is a reliable and trustworthy instrument for making an important decision.

The decision is, of course, your prerogative. It is hoped that the decision is fair.

Sincerely

Robert M Kraus
Akron Ohio


To: Father Dennis Holtschneider
cc: Professor Norman Finkelstein
Subject: Tenure for Professor Finkelstein
Date: June 9, 2007

Dear Father Holtschneider,

I was very disappointed when I read that Depaul denied Professor Norman Finkelstein tenure. Regarding the outside pressure, you said "This attention was unwelcome and inappropriate and had no impact on either the process or the outcome of this case."

Then I guess I should not be writing to you, except it is obvious that is exactly what happened. You caved in to Alan Dershowitz and others lobbying against Professor Finkelstein getting tenure. As far as I am concerned, there is no other way of looking at it.

I think you thought about it very hard and did some mental gymnastics so that you could satisfy yourself that you were doing the right thing. I think you should be ashamed of yourself.

Sincerely yours,

Peter Gebert


From: jamalaruri[at]yahoo.com
To: normangf[at]hotmail.com
Subject: To be Posted
Date: Sun, 10 Jun 2007 05:28:48 -0700 (PDT)

Dear Rev. Holtschneider:

Having just read your letter to Dr. Finkelstein informing him of DePaul's decision to deny him tenure, the only conclusion that can be drawn is that Mr. Suchar, four members of the UBPT and yourself caved into pressure, the same pressure that other cowardly and dishonest persons and entities have fallen prey to when it comes to the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Rev. Holtschneider, Dr. Finkelstein's scholarship is first rate and you know it. Dr. Finkelstein's teaching is extraordinary, and you know it. Dr. Finkelstein's contribution to the academic community, as well as the community at large, is unsurpassed, and you know it. In fact, the overwhelming majority of tenured professors at DePaul are not even qualified to carry Dr. Finkelstein's briefcase into the classroom and you know it.

Dr. Finkelstein's credentials are worthy of tenure at an Ivy League institution, let alone DePaul. Yet DePaul had an opportunity to surpass these lofty institutions in one respect--academic freedom--and you took a pass.

The biggest loser in all of this is not Norman Finkelstein. He has the credentials, intellect and fortitude to continue. The biggest loser is DePaul's students, who had the opportunity to learn from one of the world's foremost scholars on the Israel-Palestine conflict, an extraordinary mind, and most importantly, a champion of truth and justice.

A credible university should be the very last institution to succumb to outside pressure. A credible university should serve as a bastion for academic freedom and debate. DePaul's choice pathetically demonstrates otherwise.

Very truly yours,

Jamal T. Aruri
Andover, MA



Father Holtschneider:

When I wrote you on 7 April 2007, to express my concern about the lack of fairness in Professor Norman G. Finkelstein's tenure process, I still gave you the benefit of the doubt. Knowing as I did that you were being inundated with filthy lies about Professor Finkelstein, I was hoping to help you regain some sense of the real world by drawing your attention, among other things, to some of the praise which Professor Finkelstein's scholarship has attracted from the leading scholars in the fields in which he works -- and excels.

However, after reading the 8 June 2007 "DePaul University Statement on the Tenure and Promotion Decision Concerning Professor Norman Finkelstein" and, in particular, your 8 June 2007 letter to Professor Finkelstein I do not have any doubts anymore that you have been knowingly and actively engaged in the most sinister machinations. You state, "I find no compelling reasons to overturn the...decision" by the University Board on Promotion and Tenure to deny Professor Finkelstein tenure and promotion to associate professor. Thus, I can only conclude that you are not just uninformed but willfully ignorant and, in fact, deliberately validating outrageous falsehoods.

Yet you profess that DePaul's tenure process was fair, balanced and "undertaken with great seriousness;" that "the impression that our process and decision have been influenced by outside interests" is false; and that -- this is priceless -- "academic freedom is alive and well at DePaul."

The charges levelled against Professor Finkelstein by you (and by the UBPT, whose decision you approvingly quote and subscribe to) are so laughable that, under different circumstances, they would not merit a response. The problem is that these charges inflict severe hardship not only on Professor Finkelstein himself, but on the people who have been living under Israel's -- and the US's -- army boots for decades; they also deprive legions of students of their favourite teacher. So the laughs are very bitter indeed.

You call into question "the soundness of some of [Professor Finkelstein's] scholarship," and are "critical of the accuracy of some of the evidence he uses in his scholarship and the cogency of some of his arguments." However, as you know perfectly well, these charges are totally at odds with what respected scholars such as Noam Chomsky, Raul Hilberg, and Avi Shlaim have consistently said about the first-rate quality of Professor Finkelstein's scholarship for many years. In fact, this quality is self-evident for anyone who sits down and reads what Professor Finkelstein has actually written.

You have "several concerns touching upon [Professor Finkelstein's] scholarship, specifically...the intellectual character of his work and his persona as a public intellectual." Further, you allege that "some might interpret parts of his scholarship as ‘deliberately hurtful' as well as provocative more for inflammatory effect than to carefully critique or challenge accepted assumptions;" that "criticism has been expressed for his inflammatory style and personal attacks in his writings and intellectual debates;" and that "it was questioned by some whether Dr. Finkelstein effectively contributes to the public discourse on sensitive societal issues."

It would seem that Professor Finkelstein's sin is that he is genuinely outraged at the very real suffering that is being inflicted on civilians in other parts of the globe and that he has chosen to dedicate his whole life to stopping this madness. While I understand why this enrages those who openly advocate and commit the atrocities in question, it is not immediately obvious why you, the president of a nominally Christian university, would deem such outrage as somehow in conflict with the values of your institution. There is nothing unscholarly about Professor Finkelstein's fierce criticism. The reason why his critics can't deal with Professor Finkelstein is that he has not only a sharp tongue but a full command of the facts -- and truth and justice on his side. Do you believe that by insulting and kicking out that champion for truth and justice, Professor Finkelstein, you are furthering your university's mission of "ennobling the God-given dignity of each person"?

Recently, Professor Finkelstein was attacked by Fox News for a speech he had given during Israel's war on Lebanon last summer. Unsurprisingly, the speech was beautifully eloquent, forceful, and right on target. Among other things Professor Finkelstein said, we are all "struggling to make this world a decent place." As for "those who do not -- the monsters and freaks in the White House and their collaborators in Tel Aviv -- so far as I'm concerned they can all drop dead." I couldn't agree more, but I have now asked Professor Finkelstein that, next time, he include the Nazis at Harvard and DePaul in this list.

Sincerely,

M.H
Editor & Translator
Germany