As a Jewish commentator on the Israel-Palestine conflicts, Norman Finkelstein is a fierce critic of Israel, accusing the Jewish state of militarism, illegal settlements and human rights violations.  The child of Holocaust survivors, he is the author of ten books including The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the exploitation of Jewish suffering and Beyond Chutzpah: On the misuse of anti-Semitism and the abuse of history.  Finkelstein argues that the American Jewish establishment exploits the memory of the Holocaust for political and financial gain, as well as to further the interests of Israel.

Regarding Hezbollah, the Islamist, anti-Israel group that is considered a terrorist organization by most countries, Finkelstein stated not long after the 2007 Israel-Lebanon conflict, “I was of course happy to meet the Hezbollah people because it is a point of view that is rarely heard in the United States. And I have no problem saying that I do want to express solidarity with them.”