“I asked them if they could find any government in the world that likes the things I say.” – Noam Chomsky on being denied entry in to the West Bank by Israeli authorities, informing him that the did not like the things he said about their government. Chomsky was questioned for several hours before being denied in a decision that the Interior Ministry called a “misunderstanding”, and that it may still reverse its decision if the IDF approves his entry.
Being denied entry in to anywhere in Palestine is obviously not a shocker, and is barely news, even if it does happen to a world class political mind like Noam Chomsky. In my opinion, the most surprising part of this piece of predictable news is actually the fact that Noam Chomsky was in Jordan and no one on our side of the bank invited him to speak at anything. What a lost opportunity.
Would’ve loved to get one of Chomsky books signed.
UPDATE: Seems Chomsky will be speaking at the University of Jordan today at 12pm. From what I’ve heard, he’ll be giving the lecture he was supposed to be giving at Beirzeit University at UofJ via live streaming.
UPDATE 2: It will be at the Science Department (kuleyet il-3ulom) but I believe you have to have your name at the door, so it’s not completely open to the public. If you have the time, I would try my luck anyway. Nothing to lose really. Al Jazeera will be airing it live.