Did you ever wonder what would happen if you put Tony Judt, John Mearsheimer, Noam Chomsky and Norman Finkelstein in the same room? Find out this Friday at a conference in Chicago being put on by an outfit called the “Depaul Academic Freedom Committee.”
The significance here is the coming together of fringe and respected left-wing critics of Israel and Jewish organizations. Pro-Israel activists can say what they want about Judt and Mearsheimer, but a few years ago few people would have lumped them with career critics of Israel/pro-Israel lobby like Chomsky and Finkelstein. Now they’re voluntarily jumping into the same boat.
Stay tuned for more details (JTA’s hoping to have a writer on the scene).
In related news from the other side of the coin … this year’s CAMERA conference, set to take place in New York on Oct. 21 …