July 1, 2011
I am surprised and concerned that you have changed your mind about Dr. Finkelstein speaking at your college. Was Mr. Marsh pressurised by a Conservative-Jewish lobby group? He seemed so eager in his original letters to Dr. Finkelstein, then he seemed to be in a terrible panic. Please, Mr. Marsh — stand up to these people, show some strength and integrity, do the right thing, and resist the pressure of these Conservative-Jewish lobbyists from the far right. Follow your original instincts : Dr. Finkelstein is a greatly respected Jewish scholar, and held in the highest regard by other outstanding Jewish scholars, such as Iraqi Jewish professor, Avi Shlaim from Oxford, the deceased Holocaust scholar, Raul Hilberg, and so many more.Don’t give in to right wing pressure — invite Norman. That will gain your institution the respect it has now lost due to the affair. G. W.