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Zionism's Historical Context

An En Camino Interview with Norman Finkelstein

Dan Freeman-Maloy

January 24, 2004

(This interview was conducted in October 2003). Norman Finkelstein is a professor of Political Science at DePaul University in Chicago, and the author of numerous books including The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering and Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict.

Professor Finkelstein, I’d like to start out with some background. Historically, key Zionist activists such as Chaim Weizman developed a strategic orientation towards the colonial powers that dominate the Middle East. Can you outline this strategy, and how it affected Zionist state-building?

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