What does the Record Show?

Review of Norman G. Finkelstein, ‘This Time We Went Too Far': Truth and Consequences of the Gaza Invasion (OR Books, 2010)


Norman Finkelstein is optimistic about the situation in Israel-Palestine. A resolution is on the table and the tide is turning against those within and outside Israel who reject a just resolution of the conflict. The wanton murder of nine peace activists on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla on 30 May 2010 only  confirmed  suspicions that something is indeed rotten in the state of Israel.

The massacre that took place in the Gaza Strip between 27 December 2008 and 21 January 2009 also confirmed the rot. For Finkelstein, this attack on Gaza has the historical significance of the Sharpeville Massacre, which turned world opinion abruptly against apartheid South Africa in the 1960s. ‘This Time We Went to Far’ tells the story by drawing evidence from the reports of human rights advocates like Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, B’Tselem and others. His mastery of this record is one of the most compelling aspects of his intervention.

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