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March 10, 2006
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Jewish students at Columbia University protested a speech by a scholar critical of Holocaust restitution groups and Israel. Some of the dozens of protesters at Norman Finkelstein’s speech in New York City on Wednesday evening held up two-sided red signs showing a picture of his face with a red heart, followed by the word “Hezbollah.” Others wore white T-shirts with signs reading “Norman Finkelstein: Your Hatred Is Not Wanted at Columbia.” Finkelstein, a professor at DePaul University in Chicago, argues that Israel and Jewish organizations have exploited the memory of the Holocaust for financial and political gain. Critics say Finkelstein, the son of survivors, minimizes the memory of the genocide.

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