Re Haaretz editorial (Chomsky) Your editorial (May 18) urging the Israeli government to apologize to Noam Chomsky for refusing him entry into the West Bank, falls far short of the mark. Your description of Chomsky as an “illustrious American scholar” is also misleading. Granted, Chomsky distinguished himself as a linguist, but that was more than 50 years ago. Since then he has been a polemicist, and even his polemics are shoddy and ridden with errors. We should then dispense with your efforts to paint this incident as the government’s effort to block scholarship. As all too frequently occurs, Israel is subject to a different standard than other democratic nations. Chomsky denounces the Israeli decision as “Stalinist” and your own editors joining the chorus. In the past the American government barred an Islamic polemicist Tariq Ramadan from entering the United States and Great Britain denied a right wing polemicist Michael Savage from entering that country. Yet no such denunciations were prevalent in the media. Chomsky is little better than these lunatics. I do not address whether barring Chomsky was wise or not, but certainly Israel has a right to deny his entry without being subject to pejorative and slanderous accusations.
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from the article: Declaring war on the intellect - Israel and Noam Chomsky