After Banned by Israel, Chomsky to Give Bir Zeit Lecture by Video From Amman

Chomsky will not try to travel through the Allenby Bridge border crossing a second time, after being turned back on Sunday.

Send in e-mailSend in e-mail

Noam Chomsky has decided not to try to travel through the Allenby Bridge border crossing a second time. Instead, he will hold his scheduled lecture at Birzeit University by video conference from Amman. The lecture will also be broadcast live on Al Jazeera television.

Despite reports in the Israeli media that Israel would allow Chomsky to cross, the linguist discovered yesterday 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."

Israel's refusal to allow Chomsky to travel to the West Bank received considerable coverage in the foreign media and blogosphere. The BBC quoted Chomsky as saying the Israeli officials were very polite, but didn't let him in because "the government did not like the kinds of things I say and they did not like that I was only talking at Birzeit and not at an Israeli university too."

Chomsky told Al Jazeera yesterday that nobody likes the things he says, so this puts Israel in the same category as every other government in the world. "I asked them if they can find a government that does like the things I say."

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's spokesman Mark Regev told the New York Times yesterday that the idea that Israel prevents people critical of the government from entering is "ludicrous," and "it's not happening."

American linguist Noam Chomsky.Credit: Bloomberg



Automatic approval of subscriber comments.

NOW: 40% OFF
Already signed up? LOG IN


הקלטות מעוז

Jewish Law Above All: Recordings Reveal Far-right MK's Plan to Turn Israel Into Theocracy

איתמר בן גביר

Why I’m Turning My Back on My Jewish Identity

Travelers looking at the Departures board at Ben Gurion Airport. The number of olim who later become yordim is unknown.

Down and Out: Why These New Immigrants Ended Up Leaving Israel

Beatrice Grannò and Simona Tabasco as Mia and Lucia in "The White Lotus."

The Reality Behind ‘The White Lotus’ Sex Work Fantasy

The Mossad hit team in Dubai. Exposed by dozens of security cameras

This ‘Dystopian’ Cyber Firm Could Have Saved Mossad Assassins From Exposure

מליאת הכנסת 28.12.22

Comeback Kid: How Netanyahu Took Back Power After 18 Months in Exile