Show Details for April 27th, 2008

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This week’s guests:

— NORMAN FINKELSTEIN on Israel and the “anti-Semite” label

— ROBERT MEEROPOL, son of Julius & Ethel Rosenberg, talks about political dissent, during the McCarthy era and now
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– NORMAN FINKELSTEIN on Israel and the “anti-Semite” label
Author NORMAN FINKELSTEIN is our first guest tonight. He will be talking with Monitor co-host Mark Bebawi.

He will discuss some little-known aspects of Israel, and the Holocaust Industry (title of one of his five books). He will also discuss how he has been called an anti-Semite because of his views, and how that label is used to intimidate and to end dialogs.
Dr. Finkelstein’s parents survived the Warsaw Ghetto, Maidanek concentration camp and Warsaw Ghetto, Auschwitz concentration camp.
In 2005, Finkelstein was the presenter for an hour-long documentary (“The Final Insult”) based on The Holocaust Industry, to be broadcast in the United Kingdom. He is also the subject of several independent film documentaries currently in production. In 2003 he was the keynote speaker on the main panel at the Rome Historical Book Fair and was a guest on Europe’s main television news hour, the Sabine Christiansen show.
Norman G. Finkelstein received his doctorate in 1988 from the Department of Politics, Princeton University. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1953.

BOOKS:
Beyond Chutzpah: On the misuse of anti-Semitism and the abuse of history (University of California Press, 2005)
The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the exploitation of Jewish suffering (Verso, second edition, 2003)

ROBERT MEEROPOL, son of Julius & Ethel Rosenberg, talks about political dissent, during the McCarthy era and now
In 1953, the U.S. government issued one of the most controversial death sentences in history when it sent Julius & Ethel Rosenberg to the electric chair for conspiracy to commit espionage (under suspicion of being KGB spies.)
Tonight’s Monitor guest host, Dr. Seema Jilani, will be interviewing ROBERT MEEROPOL, the younger son of the Rosenbergs. He lived in anonymity for years, but has now founded The Rosenberg Fund for Children, which supports targeted activists & their children. With the climate of McCarthyism rearing its ugly head again, and in a climate of fear of political dissent, the Rosenberg case has never been so relevant, with respect to the preservation of our civil rights. I’ll also be interviewing the Rosenbergs’ grandchildren, who remain civil rights advocates.
In 1953, when he was six years old, the United States Government executed Robert Meeropol’s parents for “conspiring to steal the secret of the atomic bomb.” In the 1970’s he and his brother, Michael successfully sued the FBI and CIA to force the release of 300,000 previously secret documents about their parents. He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in anthropology from the University of Michigan, graduated law school in 1985. In 1990 he left private law practice to found the Rosenberg Fund for Children and now serves as its Executive Director. The Fund provides for the educational and emotional needs of both targeted activist youth and children in this country whose parents have been harassed, injured, jailed, lost jobs or died in the course of their progressive activities. In its 18-year history, the Fund has awarded $3 million in grants to benefit hundreds of children.
Robert Meeropol’s memoir, “An Execution in the Family,” was published on the 50th anniversary of his parents’ executions. The book details his odyssey from Rosenberg son to political activist and leader of the Rosenberg Fund for Children.
Currently, Rachel Meeropol, the granddaughter of the Rosenbergs, is lead counsel in the case of Turkmen v. Ashcroft, filed on behalf of a class of Muslim, South Asian, and Arab non-citizens who were swept up by the INS and FBI in a racial profiling dragnet following 9/11. She is working with the Center for Constitutional Rights.
WEBSITES:
Rosenberg Fund for Children — www.rfc.org
Center for Constitutional Rights — http://www.ccrjustice.org/
TONIGHT’S MONITOR GUEST HOST, Dr. Seema Jilani:
Dr. Seema Jilani earned her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in 2006 and is currently pursuing a residency in Pediatrics. She has been a reporter for Pacifica radio and KPFT in Houston for seven years. She traveled to Israel and the Occupied Territories in 2005 with the Jewish American Medical Project, which is an organization that aims to promote peace in the Middle East through healthcare and counseling. Dr. Jilani’s radio documentary on her trip to the Middle East, “Israel and Palestine: The Human Cost of the Occupation,” was nominated for the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award in 2007. Dr. Jilani has consistently concentrated on health and human rights issues around the world and has also traveled to Sudan with a medical relief team.
Dr. Jilani has also reported on Gulf War Syndrome in returning US Veterans, the humanitarian crisis in Iraq, the Republican National Convention Protests in NYC and the government-mandated closure of ethnic charitable organizations after 9/11. Her next project will be in November 2008, when she will be working in a hospital in Cairo, Egypt and traveling to Beirut, where she will also be reporting for Pacifica Radio. Following this endeavor, she will travel to Bosnia, Croatia and Montenegro in June 2009, where she will produce a radio documentary of the state of post-conflict Balkans and its healthcare repercussions. Also in 2009, she will be reporting from, and working at a Pediatric HIV/AIDS clinic in Lesotho, South Africa funded by Baylor College of Medicine.
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