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Virulent Israel Critic Noam Chomsky Makes First Visit to Gaza

Jewish-American linguist and left-wing political activist Noam Chomsky made his first trip to the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Thursday.
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 10/21/2012, 3:05 PM

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Jewish-American linguist and radically anti- Israel left-wing political activist Noam Chomsky made his first trip to the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Thursday, AFP reported.

Chomsky, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and virulent critic of both Israel and the United States, attended a conference at the Islamic University named "To End the Israeli Siege on Gaza."

"Our trip to Gaza was very difficult, but we arrived here and I saw several things which I hoped before to see," AFP quoted Chomsky as saying in remarks broadcast on Palestinian television.

Israel barred Chomsky from entering the country in May 2010, when he was set to deliver a lecture. Instead, he delivered his speech by video link from Jordan.

Chomsky, who was traveling with an academic delegation, reportedly coordinated his entry into Gaza through the Rafiah crossing with Egyptian authorities, Jamal al-Khudari, head of the university’s administrative board, told the news agency.

In his essay “Peace in the Middle East?”, Chomsky argued that Israel  should be replaced by a binational socialist regime. His later works portray Israel as a terrorist state with “points of similarity” to Nazi Germany and the main obstacle to peace in the Middle East.

In an interview with Press TV in June, Chomsky said Israel, as a “client” of the United States, gets away with numerous violations of international law and therefore enjoys “total impunity.”

“…the United States has total impunity and that is inherited by its allies and clients,” Chomsky said.

According to Commentary Magazine’s Jonathan Tobin, “by speaking at the Islamic University, the former MIT professor will be lending his prestige to some of the most brutal thugs in the world whose goal is not merely the destruction of Israel but the suppression of the human rights of their own people.”