Sunday, May 16, 2010

Anti-Semite Noam Chomsky Denied Entry to Israel and West Bank

It would seem --- in a rational world --- that Noam Chomsky would be generating condemnation from both left and right, but things aren't always so rational, and in the aftermath of the MIT Linguistics Professor's rebuff by Israeli authorities, some folks on the left --- unsurprisingly --- are outraged. See for example, Steve Clemons, Ron Chusid, Taylor Marsh, and Village Voice.

But Chomsky's a longtime enemy of the Jewish state, so it's good and right for Jerusalem to defend its sovereignty. And it's worth noting why. See, for example, Benjamin Kerstein, "Noam Chomsky and the New Anti-Semitism." And from Chomky's entry at Discover the Networks:

According to the website, Chomsky has made the following statements about Israel, Jews, and the Holocaust:
  • “I see no anti-Semitic implications in denial of the existence of gas chambers, or even denial of the holocaust. Nor would there be anti-Semitic implications, per se, in the claim that the holocaust (whether one believes it took place or not) is being exploited, viciously so, by apologists for Israeli repression and violence.”
  • “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.”
  • Israel is “a state based on the principle of discrimination. There is no other way for a state with non-Jewish citizens to remain a Jewish state…”
  • “Israel is virtually a U.S. military base, an offshoot of the U.S. military system.”
  • “There are a great many horrible regimes in the world. To take just one, the world's longest military occupation. There's little doubt that those under the military occupation would be much better off if the occupation were terminated. Does it follow that we should bomb Tel Aviv?”
  • “Of course [suicide bombers are] terrorists and there's been Palestinian terrorism all the way through. I have always opposed it….But it's very small as compared with the U.S.-backed Israeli terrorism.”
  • “I mean you’d have to go back to the worst days of the American South to know what it’s been like for the Palestinians in the occupied territories.”
  • “What this wall [separation barrier] is really doing is…helping turn Palestinian communities into dungeons, next to which the bantustans of South Africa look like symbols of freedom, sovereignty and self-determination.”

Of a pattern with this animus toward Israel is Chomsky’s involvement with neo-Nazis and Holocaust revisionism. This saga began in 1980 with Chomsky’s support of Robert Faurisson, a French anti-Semite who was fired by the University of Lyon for his hate-filled screeds. (“The alleged Hitlerite gas chambers and the alleged genocide of the Jews form one and the same historical lie,” Faurisson wrote.) Chomsky penned a preface to a book by Faurisson, explaining that the latter was an “apolitical liberal” whose work was based on “extensive historical research” and contained “no hint of anti-Semitic implications.”

Also, an interesting discussion here: "Paul Berman on Noam Chomsky."


dave in boca said...

I would like to know whether clemons, chusid, marsh and the Village Voice have strong feelings about the Citizens United case and the strong First Amendment issues it brings up.

Also, as a former diplomat, I can't tell you how many foreign self-professed enemies of the USA haven't been allowed visas to the USA, except to go to the USA-hating conclave called the UN.

Finally, It's worth mentioning that even when they were Prime Ministers, Menachem Begin and one of his Likud successors were denied entry to the UK [for "war crimes" vs. the Crown, a bit more than the coward Chomsky, who only wants to provoke them, has performed up to now.

kato said...

he was raised jewish...

just because someone doesn't support the state of israel, doesn't mean they are an anti-semite. the same way opposition of iran doesn't make a person anti-islamic