Noam Chomsky vs. Israel.

Via on May 16, 2010

The New York Times reports that 81-year-old philosopher Noam Chomsky was barred by Israel from entering Palestine today, and interrogated for two hours.

Some background:

Noam Chomsky, in an interview by Deborah Solomon of the New York Times, in 2003, said:

“I objected to the founding of Israel as a Jewish state.

I don’t think a Jewish or Christian or Islamic state is a proper concept. I would object to the United States as a Christian state.”

Deborah Solomon: “Your father was a respected Hebraic scholar, and sometimes you sound like a self-hating Jew.”

Chomsky: “It is a shame that critics of Israeli policies are seen as either anti-Semites or self-hating Jews.

It’s grotesque.

If an Italian criticized Italian policies, would he be seen as a self-hating Italian?”

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2 Responses to “Noam Chomsky vs. Israel.”

  1. Donovan says:

    Intolerance in the name of religion. And you don't have to wonder why Jesus left the religion either.

  2. Cliff says:

    Very sad. The state decides one is "undesirable." Then they make life difficult for you. It is a shame that one cannot speak freely or travel freely.

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