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Israel Apartheid Stance Has Noam Chomsky Under Fire

By    |   Monday, 24 Nov 2014 01:30 PM

Noam Chomsky, a staunch opponent of the Israel apartheid movement, has caused controversy in recent years as he has spoken out about the Jewish state’s treatment of Palestinians. Chomsky’s views reached a boiling point in 2010 when he was denied access into Israel.

The Israel apartheid conflict between people of Jewish and Palestinian descent has frequently been compared to South Africa’s treatment of non-white people during its own apartheid era. A disparate number of people, including politicians, scholars and advocates, ave spoken out about Israel’s policy decisions.

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Chomsky, a professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has a professional background as a linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist and logician. But he also has spoken out frequently on political issues, including the Israel apartheid controversy.

Most of Chomsky’s views are liberal-leaning and fly in the face of current Israeli policies. In early 2010, he called for U.S. intervention in Israel to confront the country’s treatment of Palestinians.

Months later, Chomsky attempted to enter Israel to deliver a talk at Birzeit University in Rmallah, leading to a tense situation.

According to a report in Ynet, an English-language Israeli newspaper, foreign ministry officials declined to allow Chomsky to cross the Allenby Bridge into the country. Professional recommendations from the Israeli Civil Administration and the Coordination and Liaison Authority were cited as the reasons for the denial. 

More recently, Chomsky has blasted U.S. media for its coverage of the ongoing Israel apartheid conflict. Speaking to Bob Schieffer on CBS’ “Face the Nation, Chomsky described the American reports of the situation as “shameful.” 

In the August 2014 interview with Schieffer, Chomsky asserted the U.S. had violated its own laws by providing military and monetary support to Israel in its campaign against Gaza.

“You look at U.S. foreign assistance law — it bars any military assistance to any one country, unit, whatever, engaged in consistent human rights violations,” Chomsky said during the interview. “Israel’s violation of human rights violations is so extreme and consistent that you hardly have to argue about it. That means that U.S. aid to Israel is in direct violation of U.S. law.”

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