Despite being a Jewish son of two Holocaust survivors, he posed the question of whether the world is actually facing a "new anti-Semitism" in 2015. Finkelstein said instead it may be the fourth ploy by Jews since the 1980s to "deflect global condemnation of Israel."
He argued that because only 2 percent of the population is Jewish yet both Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania are 40 percent Jewish, they have become beneficiaries of reverse discrimination.
"There is an advantage to being Jewish in the United States, it's not a liability anymore . . . it opens many doors and closes none," Finkelstein said.