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Petitioning Dean of Students Kenneth Elmore and 2 others

End Hate-Speech at BU


Speakers promoting hate-speech and Anti-Semitism are being allowed to spread their hate on our campus.

This past Wednesday, November 30th, Norman Finkelstein spoke at BU. 

We, as students of Boston University, strongly believe that Boston University’s campus should be an environment in which a variety of opinions are free to be expressed. However, we oppose hate-speech that is damaging and malicious. We believe that this hatred needs to be challenged.

We are deeply troubled by the Anti-Semitic rhetoric and ideology held by Mr. Finkelstein. Regarding the Holocaust he espouses: “Most [Holocaust] survivors are bogus[1]” and “In recent years, the Holocaust industry has become an outright extortion racket[2].” As two groups that are embedded in the Jewish identity of this campus, we are pained by his disrespect for the six million Jewish deaths in the Holocaust and for his blatant disregard for the gravity of the Holocaust. Of our own professor and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, Mr. Finkelstein states, “he is the resident clown of the Holocaust circus.[3]” 

As we enter a generation of individuals that will not know a Holocaust survivor, it is our duty to stand up for those that are unable to. The fact that Mr. Finkelstein is Jewish does not justify his minimization of the Holocaust. Inviting Mr. Finkelstein to our campus validates his dismissal of Jewish suffering, perpetuation of hatred and distortion of truths. His rhetoric has the potential to instill lies and Anti-Semitism into a new generation of individuals. 


[1] The Guardian. Wednesday, July 12, 2000

[2] Norman G. Finkelstein. The Holocaust industry. Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering.  p.89. Verso     

  London. 2000.

[3] Counterpunch Newsletter. December 13, 2001.


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    Kenneth Elmore
  • Student Activities Office
  • President, Boston University
    Dr. Robert A. Brown

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