Finkelstein says: Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
A thousand thanks to everyone who wrote me and called the jailhouse.
I had to spend the night in jail but I am out now.
One thing I’ve discovered is, No matter how many times you’ve gone to jail, you never get used to it.
It’s not the tight handcuffs or the cold jailhouse floor.
It’s the humiliation and degradation as prison guards treat you like worthless trash.
“Turn around,” “Bend over,” “Spread your legs,” “Shut the fuck up.”
The American system of justice says, You’re innocent until proven guilty.
But when you view the world from the bottom up, it’s just the opposite:
From the moment of arrest, you’re treated as if you are guilty until proven innocent.
If you’re innocent until proven guilty, why are you locked up in a disgusting jail cell often for more than a day before you even get to see a Judge?
As for me, A luta continua (The struggle continues).
I won’t abandon my former student and close friend, Dr Baldeo.
He fell prey to a couple of creepy Long Island matrimonial lawyers (Michael Chetkof and Allyson Burger), who frame and blackmail successful Muslim immigrants.
Right now there is a Court Order against me, so a long prison sentence looms.
But if I betray him in his hour of need, I will betray everything I have stood for in my life.
Say a little prayer for Dr Baldeo and me.
Norman Finkelstein being arrested. PHOTO: Eamon Murphy
Corey Robin, a Jewish professor of political science at Brooklyn College and a longtime critic of Israel, was also arrested at the protest.
World Bulletin / News Desk
It has been revealed that writer and professor Norman Finkelstein, a fierce critic of the Israeli government for its acts of genocide against the Palestinians, was arrested on Tuesday during a protest he organized outside the Israeli Consulate in New York.
On Monday, Prof. Finkelstein, who is himself Jewish and a descendent of Holocaust survivors, called for civil disobedience on his website, saying “It’s got to be a collective action. If one hundred people either sign up to get arrested or to be there in solidarity, I’ll be there too.”
Dozens of people had turned up outside the Consulate at 12:30 pm on Tuesday in Manhattan after Prof. Finkelstein encouraged people to join the protest. Traffic in the area was stopped for around twenty minutes as police swooped in and handcuffed demonstrators.
Corey Robin, a Jewish professor of political science at Brooklyn College and a longtime critic of Israel, was also arrested at the protest, The Nation reported.
The protesters gathered to voice their anger against the Israeli onslaught on the Gaza Strip, which has killed over 1,300 Palestinians since attacks began on July 8.