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Israel Turns Chomsky Away

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Posted on May 16, 2010
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A graffiti-style portrait of Noam Chomsky in Atlanta.

Political activist-critic Noam Chomsky was refused entry into Israel on Sunday. He was to have delivered a lecture at the Bir Zeit University near Jerusalem.

A prominent supporter of the Palestinian cause and a harsh critic of Israeli policy, Chomsky was given no specific reason for the denial. —JCL

AP via Google.com:

Interior Ministry spokeswoman Sabine Haddad said Chomsky was turned away for “various reasons” but declined to elaborate. Chomsky was trying to cross the Allenby Bridge from Jordan. He was scheduled to deliver a lecture at Bir Zeit University in the West Bank.

Haddad said her ministry was looking into allowing him to enter only the West Bank.

Chomsky told Channel 10 TV from Jordan Sunday: “I’ve often spoken at Israeli universities.”

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By jay1953, May 19, 2010 at 9:13 pm Link to this comment

This text was received by us as a feedback on the website by a relative of an Israeli soldier who destroyed the village in May 1948.

“I am writing through tears. I wept when I saw the photo of the ruined village of al-Sanbariyya because it was my former brother-in-law who helped destroy the village and the lives of those who lived there. My now deceased brother-in-law was born in Los Angeles and after World War II decided he wanted to live in Palestine. He met his wife-to-be at a training camp somewhere in the midwest. While at the camp many of the people decided they wanted to build a kibbutz in then Palestine. I am not sure that they gave a thought to the fact that they would be taking the lands of others. But then, I don’t know. I wasn’t there.

My brother-in-law went to Palestine on a ship smuggling refugees into the country when the ship was stopped by the British. He jumped ship and swam to shore and soon he met up with the other Americans. They received weapons, probably from the Haganah, and went to the northern part of Palestine to begin the ethnic cleansing of the land so that they could build kibbutz Maayan Baruch.

It was a few years later that I met my brother-in-law when he and his wife came to Los Angeles for my marriage to his younger brother. I will never forget how he laughed as he described the frightened villagers fleeing their homes as they left their shoes by the door and their pots on the stove. Later, in an internet search, I found out that the village had been called al-Sanbariyya and had been home to 130 families. His story bothered me but I was young and caught up in the story of Israel. It was only after the 1967 war that I started having doubts and as I read more and more history of Israel/Palestine, not always easy to come by, I discovered the incredible injustices that had been done to the Palestinian people, injustices that continue to this day.

As a Jew who was raised to believe in justice for all peoples, I believe that it is my obligation to speak out about Israel and to try in whatever way possible to bring about a better life in Palestine for the people who belong there… The people who were so cruelly evicted from their lands.

Name of author withheld by the Sakakini.”

http://www.palestineremembered.com/Safad/al-Sanbariyya/index.html

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By Robert, May 19, 2010 at 6:48 pm Link to this comment

Nuclear Israel vs Iran

Israel’s Nuclear Weapons

2 Nuclear Research Centers - At Least 108 Nuclear Warheads

Video report -  Posted May 17, 2010


http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25471.htm

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By Night-Gaunt, May 19, 2010 at 10:21 am Link to this comment

I dare say that the “right to return” is for anyone who can prove they are Jews, not whether they have ever lived there at all so you whole point is just an obfuscation of the facts. I was saying that Jews get to return but not Palestinians. Something you managed to talk around without addressing it. Now how about addressing it Liquor Store Larry?

As for Dr. Chomsky you don’t know him at all. He does have a day job. He writes about dozens of international subjects that includes what is going on in the Middle East & the USA so from whose blood is he sucking from exactly? He is mostly black balled here in the USA so unless you peruse Liberal & foreign sites you wouldn’t know him at all. Rather like how you have proved just now your ignorance. Maybe education would help you if you thought about it like reading some of his articles. Or speaches like on YOUTUBE to learn about him. But I think you don’t care. If he disagrees with your Israel uber alles or he, and anyone else , is an enemy. Simplistic but it fits on a bumper sticker.

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By PatrickHenry, May 18, 2010 at 5:51 pm Link to this comment

Noam’s Jewish, doesn’t he get the right to wail at the wall.

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By ThomasG, May 18, 2010 at 5:26 pm Link to this comment

Liquor Store Larry, May 18 at 8:58 pm,

An amorphous defense of amorphous nonsense that is amorphously correct in the subjective world of the deluded and degrades into amorphous nonsense when it passes from delusion into reality.

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By Liquor Store Larry, May 18, 2010 at 4:58 pm Link to this comment

The “right of return” is about as phony as an issue can be. Most residents of Gaza have never set foot in Israel and the very rare few who have left so that they would not be there when the combined might of the Arab world’s armies ethnically cleansed the region of Jews but ooops, it didn’t go exactly as they had hoped. Most of those in Gaza are recent immigrants, a fact implicitly acknowledged by the United Nations when it altered the definition of refugee to apply to those who have lived “at least two years” in a location. If you are honest you have nothing.

Sorry boys and girls but no Mulligans on this one!

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By Night-Gaunt, May 18, 2010 at 4:48 pm Link to this comment

Only if you are a Jew whether you lived there are not. Unfortunately Palestinians who were terrorized away can’t return even if their family had lived there for 100 years.

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By PatrickHenry, May 18, 2010 at 4:27 pm Link to this comment

I guess the “right of return” has fine print.

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By Night-Gaunt, May 18, 2010 at 4:20 pm Link to this comment

Liquor Store Larry, time to get off the sauce and sober up. So for you any pointing out the criminal acts of the Israeli gov’t is “anti-Semitic” to you? (The Palestinians too have been shown their criminal acts as well by Chomsky, so he only plays to the truth unlike yourself.) How pedestrian and self serving of you. Too bad it is the message not the messenger that should bother you. Too bad that there are Americans especially in our upper ranks of gov’t and churches who agree with you & promote such actions that are reported that you attack. But then they have a reason for supporting such fascist and eliminationist policies. They wish to do so themselves. That and to remove Judaism as an existing religion—-to replace it with Messianic Judaism which is just a Christian-Judaic hybrid. Does that bother you? It should, it is a form of cultural genocide.

The Germans tried such an idea and we saw how that ended up didn’t we? What is the real difference with Israel in this? No death camps as such but they are starving over a million people and made Gaza an open air gulag for the express purpose of wearing the people down till they either die, move away or are eventually carted off to some other place outside of the Israel this minority wants for a pure Judaic Israel.

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By Liquor Store Larry, May 18, 2010 at 4:17 pm Link to this comment

Amorphous? ... There is nothing amorphous about it. In fact it is quite concise. Chomsky is only a virtual “God” among those who are looking for a cheer leader for what they already believe and Chomsky is just the man for the job. He can wrap bigotry and socialism in a package so complex and high falootin that when he is done nobody knows exactly what was said ... they just know that “the Jews did it” and someone with a better grasp of language just told them so. Lets hear a big “yea, what he just said” for Noam, who like any parasite has made a living sucking the blood of his hosts. Those who believe what they see, see Chomsky for what he is and those who can only “see what they already believe” are ... well ... Chomsky sycophants!

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By MarthaA, May 18, 2010 at 3:30 pm Link to this comment

Liquor Store Larry, May 18 at 5:28 pm,

Amorphous nonsense.

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By Liquor Store Larry, May 18, 2010 at 1:28 pm Link to this comment

Israel was wise to send the trouble maker packing. The world has plenty of problems without proactively importing artificial ones. Those laying in wait to take anti-Semitic pot shots at the Jews are hardly a scarcity or a blue chip commodity. Chomsky is just another in a long line of those who find facile and intellectual sounding reasons to do exactly what the Nazis did albeit a self loathing one. That is to pander to others by making excuses on their behalf for their inability to compete.

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By bogi666, May 17, 2010 at 11:17 pm Link to this comment
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FYI, TDer’s. Negative comment about the Zionist’s refusal to allow Chomsky to travel there are being CENSORED at Anti War blog comments. It seems AntiWar has been infiltrated by the Zionist Censors that prowl the web. The apparently key in on certains words like Zionist and go to sites which may be telling the truth about the Israeli Zionists. The Chomsky incident would be easily identified and easily monitered and was. Justin Raimundo at AntiWar is out of favor with the Zionists and have been able to ban him from Huffington Post which has been infiltrated and monitered for years. They also banned me.

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By bogi666, May 17, 2010 at 11:07 pm Link to this comment
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Anarcissee, great observations about the Zionists being afraid of Chomsky. I’ts no wonder he doesn’t get any MSM press in the USA the USG is afraid of him and Code Pink each of whom don’t weight 125 lbs and don’t carry weapons but get in the faces of the politicians. The SUG and its propaganda arm the MSM have to keep creating diversions from these types which they ae really afraid of.

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By gerard, May 17, 2010 at 1:39 pm Link to this comment

People here know I’m always crabbing that progressive democrats (or whatever) lack access to media and government, which is a leading cause of governmental decadence, lack of improvement, remoteness from citizens, and unobstructed influence of corporate money.

Congratulations to Chomsky!  He has worked all his life through exhaustive study, then writing books, teaching and travelling, and has gained access in spite of unjust criticism, slander, threats etc.  Once again, this recent trip has given him access to worldwide press, no matter whether US media play him down, or try to ignore him. Truth will out.

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By MarthaA, May 17, 2010 at 12:55 pm Link to this comment

NYCartist, May 17 at 4:09 pm,

Thanks for making the Chomsky interview by Amy Goodman available.  I certainly appreciate it.

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By diamond, May 17, 2010 at 12:51 pm Link to this comment

I think most informed, intelligent people know peace talks will never succeed as long as Israel can prevent it, night gaunt. Remember what happened to Yitzak Rabin? Israel does not want peace. It wants the land, all of it, and is prepared to go on killing and committing every kind of injustice to have it. Their model seems to be based on what the white settlers in the old west did to the Indians. That’s probably why they call themselves settlers and treat the Palestinians like vermin.

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By brewerstroupe, May 17, 2010 at 12:48 pm Link to this comment

sharonsj

“So why did the Mufti of Jerusalem ally himself with Adolf Hitler?”

For precisely the same reason the CIA allied themselves with Osama Bin Laden during the Soviet/Afghanistan War - “The enemy of my enemy is my friend”.

After the Revolt of 1936-39, during which about 5,000 Palestinians were killed by the British (assisted by the Haganah) the Mufti was under threat of arrest and possibly death by the British and was hounded from country to country until finding sanctuary in Germany.

“Why does the Egyptian state press say that Jews kill children and drink their blood?”
I really have no idea. Perhaps it was doing a story on Ariel Toaff, professor of Medieval and Renaissance History at Bar Ilan University and son of Elio Toaff, a former Chief Rabbi of Rome.

Toaff’s most recent book, Pasque di sangue. Ebrei d’Europa e omicidi rituali (“Passovers of Blood: The Jews of Europe and Ritual Murders”), was published in February 2007. The book analyzes the cultural and historical background to a notorious medieval trial regarding accusations of the ritual murder of a child by some Jews for the purposes of Passover, accusations which the consensus of scholarship has dismissed as a blood libel against Jews.

The story was in all the papers at the time.

“Why do all Arab nations deny the Holocaust?”

They don’t but individuals of many nations question the historiography of the holocaust. This is not necessarily a sign of anti-Jewish sentiment. It is also a natural reaction to Israel’s denial of the Nakba, the teaching of which is prohibited in Israeli schools.

“why did 149,973 leave? (Baghdad)”

Several reasons. It was undoubtedly uncomfortable for many Jews in Arab lands while the Zionists were carrying out the expulsion of Palestinians, causing much unrest among the Arab population. Similar sentiment was leveled at German and Japanese nationals in the U.S. during WWII. You will note that I said:
“It was only after the rise of the Zionists that relations became difficult”
There were other factors however:

Naem Giladi, an Iraqi Jew who left Baghdad says:

I write this article for the same reason I wrote my book: to tell the American people, and especially American Jews, that Jews from Islamic lands did not emigrate willingly to Israel; that, to force them to leave, Jews killed Jews; and that, to buy time to confiscate ever more Arab lands, Jews on numerous occasions rejected genuine peace initiatives from their Arab neighbors. I write about what the first prime minister of Israel called “cruel Zionism.” I write about it because I was part of it.
http://www.bintjbeil.com/E/occupation/ameu_iraqjews.html

On this matter I leave the last word to Israeli politicians:

Iraqi-born Ran Cohen, a former member of the Knesset, said: “I have this to say: I am not a refugee. I came at the behest of Zionism, due to the pull that this land exerts, and due to the idea of redemption. Nobody is going to define me as a refugee”. Yemeni-born Yisrael Yeshayahu, former Knesset speaker, Labor Party, stated: “We are not refugees. [Some of us] came to this country before the state was born. We had messianic aspirations”. And Iraqi-born Shlomo Hillel, also a former speaker of the Knesset, Labor Party, claimed: “I do not regard the departure of Jews from Arab lands as that of refugees. They came here because they wanted to, as Zionists”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_exodus_from_Arab_lands#Compensation

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By NYCartist, May 17, 2010 at 12:09 pm Link to this comment

Interview this morning with Chomsky http://www.democracynow.org video/transcript

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By C Quil, May 17, 2010 at 11:23 am Link to this comment

Being turned away by Israel is becoming a badge of honour.

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By bogi666, May 17, 2010 at 9:43 am Link to this comment
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Denying Chomsky entry, what does this do to the Israeli Constitution that declares Israel is a heaven for all Jews world wide and does harbor Jewish criminals,preventing them from extradition to countries where they have committed crimes. This action reveals why Chomsky, Howard Zinn and Einstein were opposed to the creation the Jewish state of Israel. Another Jewish intellectual Norman Finkelstein, who blew the cover for the reason of the holocaust industry as being a fraud, is also peronna non gratis in Israel. Norman’s parents both survived Auswitz who have never recieved a penny from the holocaust industry because it is a scam supported by the Congressional Zionist Israel firsters with American tax monies.

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By frecklefever, May 17, 2010 at 8:55 am Link to this comment
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ISRAEL SHOULD HAVE UNDERSTOOD THE OLD ADDAGE “CHOOSE YOUR
ENEMYS WELL BECAUSE YOU WILL BECOME THEM” ASK THE PALISTINIANS
WHO ARE THEIR NAZI OVERLORDS.

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By sharonsj, May 17, 2010 at 7:02 am Link to this comment
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“...fictitious historical Arab/Jew enmity….”  So why did the Mufti of Jerusalem ally himself with Adolf Hitler? Why does the Egyptian state press say that Jews kill children and drink their blood?  Why do all Arab nations deny the Holocaust?  Why did almost all Jewish residents of Arab countries run for their lives?  If those 150,000 original Jewish residents of Baghdad loved their Arab overlords, why did 149,973 leave?

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By NYCartist, May 17, 2010 at 4:40 am Link to this comment

PS It’s on the home page of the http://www.guardian.co.uk but not the NY Times home page as I type this - so
I was overly optimistic re Chomsky gets noticed in US media….

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By NYCartist, May 17, 2010 at 4:34 am Link to this comment

After reading all the comments, this comes to mind:

  Noam Chomsky may finally get some attention in the US media, where he is ignored.  And, that might possibly get some real information on Israel in the US media.  Not likely, but possible.  (I am a Jew and I signed the online petition in support of the Goldstone Report to the UN.  Goldstone and Chomsky are also Jews. I am an atheist Jew who grew up Orthodox Jew.)  No comment on Christian support of Israel other than see “Constantine’s Sword”, the documentary about, or the book (same title) by
James Carroll.

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By RAE, May 17, 2010 at 4:30 am Link to this comment

To those who guffaw at my lack of knowledge about Middle Eastern conflicts throughout history to the present day:

I plead ignorant.

Do keep in mind, though, that my education spans 3 university degrees. I’m not boasting… just revealing how little some of us “educated” know about some things. I think I know about as much about the “troubles” in that region as the average person in my western country. All we know is the many “truths” told by all those involved who take great delight in posting revisions of history to suit their purposes. In other words we know nothing of value.

If anyone expects us “ignorants” to sort out the convolutions of the conflicts to the point of understanding then he or she is dreaming. Not only is all of this “over there” and out of our hair, most of us just don’t care.

Get back to me when you have viable solutions. I’ve heard quite enough of your finger-pointing complaints.

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By diamond, May 17, 2010 at 1:45 am Link to this comment

To be ‘turned away’ by Israel is an honour. I hope Chomsky realizes that.

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By MarthaA, May 17, 2010 at 12:50 am Link to this comment

Christians need to pray for God to intervene and make a way for there to be a change in the political administration in the government of Israel, it appears the government is made up of too many Pharisees and Sadducees.  Turning Professor Chomsky, a minister of truth and peace,  away is disgraceful and Israel’s government should apologize for going along with the inappropriate, egotistical actions by some of the members of their government toward Professor Chomsky.

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By PensiveGadfly, May 16, 2010 at 7:36 pm Link to this comment
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When you fear your critics so much that you censor them, it says a lot about your faith in your own cause.

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By the worm, May 16, 2010 at 7:24 pm Link to this comment

Reminds me of Groucho’s line:

” I wouldnt want to be a member of any club that would have me. “

I suspect Chomsky feels the same.

Among the folks I know who are Jewish, few ( I say none ) have any sympathy for
the Christian Supremacists, Israeli Zionists or Islamic Taliban.

Chomsky’s rejection should worn as a badge of honor.

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By Karim, May 16, 2010 at 5:02 pm Link to this comment
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“To my (limited) knowledge, these middle-easteners have engaged in some form or degree of tribal warring for all of recorded history.”

Please dont tell me you are an ethnic European,or i will shit my pants laughing.

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By Anarcissie, May 16, 2010 at 4:34 pm Link to this comment

Ha, ha, they’re afraid of ol’ Noam.

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By brewerstroupe, May 16, 2010 at 4:29 pm Link to this comment

RAE

“To my (limited) knowledge, these middle-easteners have engaged in some form or degree of tribal warring for all of recorded history.

If by this you are referring to the fictitious historical Arab/Jew enmity, I strongly advise a closer reading of the history.

There have been occasional, localized incidents (usually economic or political, not racial) but the overwhelming characteristic of Jewish/Muslim relations throughout History is generally peaceful co-existence.
Muslims liberated Jerusalem three times before the 11th century when the Ottomans established permanent rule - from the Byzantines, Crusaders and Tartars. On each occasion they immediately permitted the Jews to return. It was only in the 20th century with massive and often illegal immigration from Europe began that problems arose (Arizona anyone?).
The “Golden Age of Jewry” lasted for about three hundred years under the Ottomans and when the Jews were expelled from Spain (by the Inquisition in 1492) Sultan Beyazid II sent ships to Cadiz and brought 100,000 of the exiled Jews to the Ottoman Empire.
If you examine the individual histories of many Muslim states you find Jews in very high positions in Government such as Sir Sassoon Eskell, Iraq’s first Minister of Finance and a permanent Member of Parliament until his death in 1932. Jews were prominent in Egyptian society and Government for centuries. To this day, Iran has two seats in the Majlis (Parliament) reserved for Jews. A close reading of “The Jews of Syria” reveals the nuances of Jewish life in that country in the modern era.

It was only after the rise of the Zionists that relations became difficult and the “tribal warring for all of recorded history” is a myth invented by them to cover for the conquest and ethnic cleansing of the indigenous people of Palestine. This is not a new phenomenon. All colonizing States have invented myths of indigenous barbarity to excuse the theft of land and resources and the extinguishing of native cultures. Most post-colonial states have made belated attempts to redress both the grievances and the historical record. Israel has the dubious distinction not only of having begun their colonial project at least a century after all others had ceased but to have continued it up to the present day.

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By RAE, May 16, 2010 at 3:39 pm Link to this comment

cyrena: I was thinking more long term than that.

“Generally the historical record begins with the destruction of the northern Israelite capital at Samaria in 772 BC by Assyrians, and the conquering of Judah’s (southern Israelites) capital at Jerusalem in 586 BC by Babylonians who destroyed the First Temple.” (http://www.palestinefacts.org)

Apparently groups named Canaanites, Philistines, Samaritans, Nabataeans, Greeks, Romans, Muslims and Christians have occupied these lands at one time or another. “During the final years of the Late Bronze Age, the Philistines invaded Canaan (1500 - 1200 BC).”

It was this history to which I was referring. When the only history you know has mileposts that denote only who invaded who, when and for how long, it’s no wonder the youth of the area grow up immersed and infused with anger, aggression and angst.

It’s just too damned bad that there isn’t enough collective intelligence in any of the leadership to figure a way to change things. All any of them seems to know is how to rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic.

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By Night-Gaunt, May 16, 2010 at 3:35 pm Link to this comment

Yes the limited opinion is all on Israel’s side. The Palestinians are illegitimate and Israel is the only legitimate entity is the talks. Ones that will never succeed for the Palestinians.

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By cyrena, May 16, 2010 at 2:55 pm Link to this comment

Sorry rae, I meant the late 1800’s.

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By cyrena, May 16, 2010 at 2:54 pm Link to this comment

RAE, May 16 at 6:19 pm #

“To my (limited) knowledge, these middle-easteners have engaged in some form or degree of tribal warring for all of recorded history.”

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I know it may ‘seem’ that way Rae, but it’s really only been a bit over a century since this started up…around the late 1700’s if memory serves, without me pulling out the books. So, a long time, but not the entire course of recorded history.

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By Rudolfo, May 16, 2010 at 2:53 pm Link to this comment

Chomsky is a Zionist gatekeeper. That is, he supports the ‘two-state’ solution, that is, the side by side existence of the Zionist apartheid Israeli state, and a Palestinian state on a fraction of the land the Palestinians occupied in 1945.

The Israelis ‘persecute’ Chomsky, but that’s just part of the charade.  Chomsky himself described it best ! ...

“The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum - even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there’s free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate.”

The important thing is to eliminate from debate anyone who questions the basic existence of Israel as an apartheid state.  Thus, critics inside the allowable spectrum of Zionist opinion, like Chomsky, are given wide publicity, even mock persecuted, to enhance his image as a strong critic of Israel.

All the while there are no media figures, politicians, or popular bloggers that I am aware of that are not Zionists, that is, that do not support the continued existence of a racist religious Israel on Palestinian land.

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By cyrena, May 16, 2010 at 2:50 pm Link to this comment

Not surprised. You remember what they did to Professor Richard Falk, and he was there as the designated UN (Human Rights) representative to the enduring conflict. So Noam isn’t the only Jewish American professor despised by the Zionists, and forbidden to enter their sacred gateways.

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By RAE, May 16, 2010 at 2:19 pm Link to this comment

To my (limited) knowledge, these middle-easteners have engaged in some form or degree of tribal warring for all of recorded history.

It seems they have learned nothing except how to keep hatred in their hearts and conflict on the slow boil.

They wouldn’t know what to do with themselves if real peace ever developed. I’m serious. All they know is WAR. None of them could tolerate not having an “issue” to wake up to each morning.

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By Commune115, May 16, 2010 at 2:01 pm Link to this comment

The true face of fascism in Israel exposed again. Chomsky is a true freedom fighter, Israel appears to only like hearing from lunatics like Alan Dershowitz.

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By Night-Gaunt, May 16, 2010 at 2:00 pm Link to this comment

I consider it a Little America in many ways. Especially among the leadership. They are just more bold in their separation of the peoples and who are living under their version of Jim Crow. Very sad really because many of their belligerent actions actually hurt their nation of Israel even as those thugs in office do things they say will help it.

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By PatrickHenry, May 16, 2010 at 1:32 pm Link to this comment

No aliyah for Noam.

This shatters the myth of “right of return”, which is a racist one anyway.

Vanunu can’t get out and Noam can’t get in and these are most truthful Jews of my generation.

What a country, what a cesspool.

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By RAE, May 16, 2010 at 1:17 pm Link to this comment

Thank you, FRTothus, for the references.

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By Night-Gaunt, May 16, 2010 at 12:55 pm Link to this comment

I am not surprised, the USA does it all the time and they say we are the “freest nation on earth” and yet do so. What is Israel afraid of?

Dr. Chomsky pulls no punches nor plays favorites because he goes after all sides that do wrong. That is the way it should be. No axes to grind no favorites.

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By NYCartist, May 16, 2010 at 12:11 pm Link to this comment

I take issue with JCL’s “prominent supporter of Palestine and critic of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories” because it’s shorthand and leaves out that Chomsky is also a Jew, who believes and fights for human rights justice in a country where he spent time with his wife when they were young, has friends who are Israeli and friends who are Palestinian.  His analyses of US foreign policy are to the point(s) and JCL TruthDig shorthand does history an injustice.

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By Aaron, May 16, 2010 at 12:01 pm Link to this comment
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Haaretz have not reported this accurately: Bir Zeit University is in the West Bank
(Occupied Palestinian Territory)  NOT Israel. So to clarify, Israel denied Chomsky
entry to land they don’t own.

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By FRTothus, May 16, 2010 at 12:01 pm Link to this comment

“Our rulers for more than half a century have made
sure that we are never to be told the truth about
anything that our government has done to other
people.”
(Gore Vidal)

“The pursuit of truth, as a form of political action,
is inherently disruptive, anti-authoritarian, and
dangerous to those content with the way things are. “
(Nancy Snow)

“Real schools ought to provide people with techniques
of self-defense, but that would mean teaching the
truth about the world and about the society, and
schools couldn’t survive very long if they did that.”
(Noam Chomsky)

“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth
is revolutionary.”
(George Orwell)

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it,
people will eventually come to believe it.”
“The lie can be maintained only for such time as the
State can shield the people from the political,
economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It
thus becomes vitally important for the State to use
all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth
is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by
extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the
State.”
(Joseph Goebbels)

“Pick the topic you like: the Middle East,
international terrorism, Central America, whatever it
is - the picture of the world that’s presented to the
public has only the remotest relation to reality. The
truth of the matter is buried under edifice after
edifice of lies upon lies. It’s all been a marvelous
success from the point of view in deterring the
threat of democracy, achieved under conditions of
freedom, which is extremely interesting. It’s not
like a totalitarian state, where it’s done by force.
These achievements are under conditions of freedom.”
(Noam Chomsky)

“It is ... necessary to whip up the population in
support of foreign adventures. Usually the population
is pacifist, just like they were during the First
World War. The public sees no reason to get involved
in foreign adventures, killing, and torture. So you
have to whip them up. And to whip them up you have to
frighten them.”
(Noam Chomsky)

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