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Posted on May 18, 2010
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Noam Chomsky might have made it through an Israeli border crossing into Palestinian territory on his second attempt, but the aged intellectual, frustrated by what he called Israeli games, has opted instead to deliver his lecture via videoconference.

Haaretz:

Despite reports in the Israeli media that Israel would allow Chomsky to cross, the linguist discovered yesterday [Monday] that there was no official guarantee of this. He told his hosts at Birzeit he felt the Israeli authorities were playing games. His daughter and friends, who are traveling with him, also said they prefer not to tire the 81-year-old with another fruitless journey.

Chomsky spoke yesterday to Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, whom he was supposed to meet in Ramallah. Fayyad’s office released a statement saying the two men “discussed the political situation and developments in Palestine.” Fayyad said he “strongly condemns the decision of the occupation forces to prevent Chomsky from entering Palestinian land.”

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By PatrickHenry, May 19, 2010 at 4:04 am Link to this comment

He is but just one of the billions of critics of Israel worldwide.

There are more people in this world who want Israel to change into a puralistic society than those who want it to remain the apartheid state it currently is.

I hope Noam keeps speaking out and making sense.

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By Robert, May 18, 2010 at 9:01 pm Link to this comment

Norman Finkelstein on Israel and Noam Chomsky

05.18.2010 | YouTube


http://www.normanfinkelstein.com/finkelstein-on-chomsky/

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By Liquor Store Larry, May 18, 2010 at 4:36 pm Link to this comment

“Zionist shill” as in anyone who does not wish to finish what Hitler started?

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By Rudolfo, May 18, 2010 at 3:34 pm Link to this comment

[IN DEFENSE OF — CHOMSKY

Chomsky:
“Nobody supports—I mean, you can talk about a one-state solution, if you want.]

This is just baloney.  Chomsky wanted to say ‘Nobody supports a one-state solution’, but realized it wasn’t the politic thing to say.  We’ve had a ‘two-state’ solution for 60 years, and Chomsky wants it to continue.  He doesn’t support sanctions, he doesn’t support ROR, he is a Zionist shill.

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By doublestandards/glasshouses, May 18, 2010 at 1:34 pm Link to this comment
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Rudolpho,
Chomsky knows that they know that he knows that he is only providing the limit to criticism and they know that he knows that they know he knows.  I mean to say that the conspiracy theory doesn’t hold water.  Figure it out.

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By Liquor Store Larry, May 18, 2010 at 1:19 pm Link to this comment

“OCCUPATION FORCES”? ROTFLMAO! This is the name of intellect ... OMG!

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By IndigoBeach, May 18, 2010 at 11:30 am Link to this comment

There is always free thinking going on.  Nobody can force you to think any certain way.  To believe otherwise is sheer nonsense.  And for all these people on here saying negative things about Chomsky, you are all idiotic.  He’s one of the most intelligent intellectuals I know of and he has inspired a lot of others. He see things clearly & tells his personal truth. That’s what we should all do.  But believing in conspiratorial type theories muddies the issues. Get real folks.

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By gerard, May 18, 2010 at 11:30 am Link to this comment

What happened to my previous comment which was up yesterday?  I’ll repeat the essence of it here:
  Others will remember, perhaps, that one of my main beefs is that people have no access to power. Chomsky is exceptional. He has studied deeply, taught, spoken out publicly, and written many books sold widely.  He has earned access—meaning he does reach power centers, whether they want to hear him or not.  He has done and is doing a great service. Give the guy credit.
  Needless to say, it should not require such great effort for ordinary people to be heard.  Until they are heard, we have lost whatever democracy we used to have.  Truthdig perhaps offers a small crack in the wall?  I wonder.

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By MCH, May 18, 2010 at 11:27 am Link to this comment
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There is always free thinking going.  Nobody can force you to think any certain way.  To believe otherwise is sheer nonsense.  And for all these people on here saying negative things about Chomsky, you are all idiotic.  He’s one of the most intelligent intellectuals I know of and he has inspired a lot of others. He see things clearly & tells his personal truth. That’s what we should all do.  But believing in conspiratorial type theories muddies the issues. Get real folks.

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By 303030, May 18, 2010 at 9:10 am Link to this comment
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Ha, ha, ha.  Israel must be trying to burnish this fraud’s rep.  He’s a milint pied piper, whose job is to lead progressives away from sanctioning Israel, 9/11truth, Warren Commission criticism, etc.

On the other hand the military nutjobs who run Israel, behind a facade of fake democracy, have perhaps stepped over the edge and no longer wish to allow even play pretend criticism.

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By NYCartist, May 18, 2010 at 8:25 am Link to this comment

Misleading title.  Chomsky delivered the lecture via videostream because he could not deliver it in person due to Israel denying his entry to the West Bank.  See interview yesterday http://www.democracynow.org and followup today.  He will not stay around, true.  Note: Robert Fisk delivered a talk via video when he was denied entry into the US a couple of years ago, when he was to receive a Lannan Foundation Award and did the video talk from Canada.  (Also in Dem.Now archives)

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By balkas, May 18, 2010 at 6:19 am Link to this comment

Chomsky, altho a zionist [against ROR and one state solution] was not allowed to enter occupied palestine, because he does not support zionists in all they do.

Because of his rejection of ROR and one state solution, he had been losing respect from some of us, he decided to renew his credibility.

It shldn’t have taken that much accumen to have predicted with much certainty that people who desperately want to create a state for ‘jews’ {a none people, but a cult} only that he wldnn’t be allowed in. Tnx

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By Rudolfo, May 18, 2010 at 6:10 am Link to this comment

Chomsky is a Zionist.  This is a charade.  Here is how Chomsky describes propaganda in the west ...

“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. This 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.”

Chomsky’s role in the charade is to provide the limit to criticism of Israel.  Israel mock persecutes him to provide legitimacy to his ‘critic of Israel’ credentials, while he fully supports its continued existence as a apartheid state.

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By Mike789, May 18, 2010 at 5:27 am Link to this comment

Noam Chomsky may be difficult to accept in toto, nonetheless, he’s had the courage to stick by his principles. Always well researched, he’s a tough egg. Removing the gloss from government’s collusion with corporatism exposing its monolithic profit motivated core has put Chomsky high on my list of reasonable men.

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