Norman Finkelstein Denied Entry In Israel

Israeli authorities have blocked an American professor known for his harsh criticism of Israel from entering the country, officials said Saturday.

Israeli security officials said Norman Finkelstein was denied entry on Friday because of suspicions that he had contact with elements “hostile” to Israel. Earlier this year, Finkelstein met a top Hezbollah commander in Lebanon.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity under Israeli security guidelines.

The Haaretz daily said Finkelstein was questioned after his arrival at Ben-Gurion airport near Tel Aviv and placed on a flight back to Amsterdam, his point of origin.

Finkelstein has angered Jewish groups by accusing Jews in Israel and the U.S. of exploiting the legacy of the Holocaust for political and financial gain. He also has argued that Israel uses the outcry over perceived anti-Semitism to stifle criticism.