NOAM CHOMSKY ~~ A KNIGHT IN TARNISHED ARMOR

I have written extensively in the past about Noam Chomsky and the reasons I an not an admirer of his. My main criticisms of the man can be found in THIS post. He continues to ‘add insult to injury’ every time he opens his mouth lately….

He sees himself as a supporter of the Palestinian cause, as an activist. Nothing is further from the truth. At one time he might have been the glorious ‘Knight’ he thinks he is, but his armor has been tarnished beyond recognition. The time is long overdo for him to take it off and stop playing at this game of his.

Noam Chomsky Opposes Palestinian-Led Movement To Boycott Israel

In an interview on the Council for the National Interest internet radio program “Jerusalem Calling,” MIT Professor Noam Chomsky, author of The Fateful Triangle and other books on Israel-Palestine, said that he opposes boycotting Israel.

In a July 8th interview with new CNI President Alison Weir, Dr. Chomsky at first denied that he opposed the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement, calling this an “internet rumor.”

However, when Weir said she had heard him say that he opposed boycott during a lecture at the University of California Berkeley several years ago, Chomsky admitted that he had opposed boycotting Israel then and said that he still did so now. He said that he felt that activists should instead only divest from American companies.

Chomsky claimed that the boycott movement “hurts Palestinians,” because he felt it was “hypocritical to boycott Israel and not the US, which funds Israeli actions.” Weir pointed out that many authors – among them Donald Neff, George Ball, Stephen Green, Kathleen Christison, Edward Tivnan, Walt and Mearsheimer, and, most recently, Grant Smith – have provided massive evidence that the primary reason the U.S. supports Israel is the Israel Lobby (the most powerful lobby for a foreign country in the US).

Chomsky, who has consistently denied the power of the Israel Lobby, said that AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee) would use the charge that the Palestinian support movement is allegedly “hypocritical” to undermine its effectiveness, and that therefore this boycott would be harmful to Palestinians. While this statement appeared to indicate that Chomsky now acknowledges the power and significance of the Israel lobby, later in the interview he continued to deny the importance of this lobby.

In response to Chomsky’s assertion that the boycott movement allegedly hurts Palestinians, Weir pointed out that Palestinian civil society overwhelmingly calls for such a boycott. She said that over a hundred different Palestinian groups – including farmers’ groups, women’s groups, and others – have asked for an international boycott of Israel.

A caller to the show, long-time Middle East analyst Jeffrey Blankfort , commented that he felt it was highly inappropriate and condescending for Chomsky, a Jewish-American who had lived on a Kibbutz and says that he supports Israel, to tell Palestinians what’s good for them. Blankfort has long criticized Chomsky’s perspective on the lobby.

During the interview, Chomsky said that he has long favored a binational state. He said that he felt that the call for a “single, secular, democratic state” did not make much sense, suggesting that calls for one state were “rhetorical” and did not “rise to the state of advocacy” because proponents had not sketched out a path of how to get there. He did not comment on the books on this subject by Ali Abunimah and Virginia Tilley , which contain in-depth discussions on this approach.

Because technical problems caused occasional problems during the program, Weir, who is also executive director of If Americans Knew, has invited Chomsky to come on the show again so that he may explain his position further. Chomsky accepted the invitation and will appear again in a few months when his schedule permits.

The interview, in which Chomsky also discusses other aspects of the Israel-Palestinian conflict, can be heard in full on the CNI: Jerusalem Calling section of the WS Radio website. Outgoing CNI President Eugene Bird says that CNI will post a transcript on the CNI website within a few days.


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17 Comments

  1. lydia said,

    July 15, 2010 at 10:33

    I agree with you. He is false. By the way, everytime I read something by him I never know exactly what he is denouncing. He is not clear in his words. And he continues to say that 9/11 was planified by arabs terrorists. So, for me, no more admiration for Mr. Noam Chomsky.

    I will read your article about him. Thanks!

  2. Donna said,

    July 15, 2010 at 15:48

    I agree.

    I stopped reading (and listening) to Chomsky years ago…

    There is no such thing as “a little bit pregnant”, as they say.

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  4. antinoam said,

    July 15, 2010 at 16:27

    he has said himself, openly, that he is a supporter of the state of Israel.

    he’s a sick joke. will the orthodox left liberals figure it out? not until it’s too late.

  5. D freeman said,

    July 15, 2010 at 16:32

    I wonder what the Israelis have over him as he has changed his tune and this happened suddenly I have not read him for a long time I will have a look at him again I am not surprised. He must be ashamed of Israel and what is leading them now and what they are doing they make the Nazis look like boy scouts I am a shamed of my country for the lies they spread and their involvement in state sponsored wars.

  6. Big M said,

    July 15, 2010 at 17:57

    Chomsky is a totally controlled and owned asset of the NWO.

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  8. Ladybat2 said,

    July 16, 2010 at 01:17

    When it comes down to it, even though some claim to be with us, under all those colorful “peace” signs they carry, still lies a zionist.

    Either you are a zionist or you are not. Where is Mr. Chomsky on Right Of Return? Any one who is a true defender of Palestine and Palestinian rights must be for Right Of Return for Palestinian refugees. That is the simple test to know who is a zionist and who is not.

    If you are not for Right Of Return… then you are a zionist. Plain and simple. And you are not one of us.

    I have never heard what Mr. Chomsky’s opinion of Right Of Return is.

  9. Jon said,

    July 16, 2010 at 03:50

    I don’t understand the hostility. Suppose he’s wrong. Suppose a boycott would help. OK. So he’s wrong. Big deal. He’s tireless and hard working in his exposure of Israeli and US crimes. He’s doing what he thinks is in the best interest of the Palestinians. It also happens that he thinks a peaceful resolution and two state solution would be in Israel’s best interest. To me he’s obviously changing minds and creating activism on behalf of peace, which is exactly what the Palestinians want and need.

    Suppose he’s wrong and Mearsheimer and Walt are right with regards to the influence of AIPAC. I think he could be wrong. OK. People can be honestly mistaken. That doesn’t change the fact that knowledge of US and Israeli crimes creates the political pressure needed to make changes happen and he’s key in making that happen.

    Nobody is right 100% of the time, but he’s doing a lot of good anyway.

  10. A ZIONIST SHILL IN GATEKEEPER'S ARMOR IS MORE LIKE IT said,

    July 16, 2010 at 05:51

    Noam Chumpsky is a ‘gatekeeper’, a 9/11 ‘get over it, people die everyday’ bullshit artist d’ merde!

    It’s tragic that he and that other sphincter muscle who just croaked, Howard Zinn, who on his face seemed reasonable, right up till you see that he, too, was another PROTECT ZIONISM AT ALL COSTS and 9/11 TRUTH DENIER.

    add Amy Goodblow and Thomm Fartmann to that list. More ZIONIST JEWS who talk a big game but are GATEKEEPERS!!! ZIONIST A-HOLE GATEKEEPERS!!!

  11. Divestiture said,

    July 16, 2010 at 06:45

    Chomsky has been bought and paid for by the NWO, “Palestinians” do not exist. Golda Meir said it easy: There never was any palestinians.

  12. Theon Lyreal said,

    July 16, 2010 at 12:29

    More like a wolf in sheep’s clothing if you ask me.

  13. Theon Lyreal said,

    July 16, 2010 at 13:49

    There’s a bug in this webpage. Every time I move the cursor over a thumbs up or thumbs down the page scrolls up to the top, thus making it impossible to click on either.

  14. desertpeace said,

    July 16, 2010 at 15:54

    Possibly a bug in your computer settings….

  15. Ladybat2 said,

    July 16, 2010 at 21:03

    To Jon…

    There can never be any true and lasting peace over there until every Palestinian family gets their personal private properties returned to them that has been stolen from them by the European zionist colonist victims of Hitler. The Palestinians hold the only true and valid deeds and titles to those properties. People can migrate to any place they wish, but when you do migrate to another country, you must look for a place to lease or buy to live in. IF THERE IS NO ONE WILLING TO LEASE OR SELL YOU A PLACE TO LIVE then you have no place there to live. YOU DO NOT GET TO SIMPLY TAKE BY FORCE THE PERSONAL HOMES OF THE PEOPLE WHO ALREADY LIVE THERE! Yet that is exactly what the European victims of Hitler did. And are still continuing to do every day right in front of our eyes to the Palestinian people who remain and who are desperately still trying to hold on to their homes and personal properties.

    That is what started this conflict and that is what will be the reason it keeps on going UNTIL WHAT HAS BEEN STOLEN HAS BEEN RETURNED.

    What certain people term as “compensation” or a “solution” for the refugees really means forcing a people to sell you their homes and properties by the point of a gun. What would you do if someone put a gun to your head and forced you to sell them your house? Would you consider the sale a valid one? Well the Palestinians will not consider any compensation a valid sale of their properties either BECAUSE IT WAS FORCED ON THEM AGAINST THEIR WILL AND NOT BY THEIR WILLING PERMISSION! Because a man who is not free CANNOT GIVE HIS PERMISSION FOR ANY THING!

    GET IT THROUGH YOUR HEAD…..

    THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE DO NOT WISH TO SELL THE VICTIMS OF HITLER THEIR HOMES AND PROPERTIES. THEY TOLD YOU THAT BACK BEFORE 48 AND AFTER 48 THAT ANSWER WAS AND STILL IS —-NO!

    If you want the victims of Hitler to have a homeland for them and them only then give them Germany. Because, as the world claims, Germany caused the victims of Hitler to be homeless. PALESTINE DID NOT SERVE GERMANY. THEREFORE PALESTINE WILL NOT PAY GERMANY’S VICTIMS WHAT PALESTINE NEVER HAS AND NEVER WILL OWE THEM!

    Palestine was not like America was back when it was first colonized and stolen from its native peoples. America was a vast place full of lands that no one held any title to nor even lived on. So that made it possible for the natives and the colonists to eventually work something out and finally live at peace with each other.

    THAT IS NOT POSSIBLE IN PALESTINE BECAUSE IN CASE YOU HAVE NOT NOTICED PALESTINE IS NO WHERE NEAR THE SIZE OF AMERICA!

    And all of it was already in habited by the NATIVE Arab Palestinian people, Jewish Palestinians, Christian Palestinians and Muslim Palestinian NATIVE people before the world forced the victims of Hitler upon the poor un suspecting people of Palestine whose hands were tied behind their backs by the meddling devil British people who marched into their lands before the victims of Hitler and also occupied them by military force.

    Palestinian people were not even allowed to carry any weapons to protect themselves with. Not even a knife over a certain few inches long! BUT YET THESE VICTIMS OF HITLER ARRIVED THERE FULLY ARMED AND READY TO TAKE WHAT NEVER DID AND NEVER WILL BELONG TO THEM!

    If you want to do what is right and you really want peace then I am telling you that is what it will take to bring real peace.

    Any thing less sir….

    Is nothing but a dream.

    Besides Jon and any one else out there who thinks like Jon seems to think…..

    Just where do you think this so called “compensation” for Palestinian refugees is suppose to come from? Do you seriously think the Israelis will pay for it? How about Britain? Do you think our beaten and battered American economy can afford to pay for it when so many of our own are homeless themselves?

    And if there is such dream compensation fund…. How much is it? How much does each Palestinian family get?

    How much would you take for forcing you and your family into refugee camps for over four generations? For murdering your own parents, spouses, siblings and your own children in front of your eyes. Not to mention all the countless of other evil deeds we have stood by and watched the zionist victims of Hitler and their offspring commit day after day year after year.

    How much compensation for all of that would you accept in order to get you to forget it all and walk away?

    How much are the lives of your own children worth to you?

    No offense Mr. Jon but….

    Either stand on this field of battle with us and understand what it is we are truley fighting for or lay down your pretty peace sign and go home.

    We have enough pretty peace signs. And Kumbiya is only a word in a song that has no more meaning than Kay sir ra sir ra has.

    RIGHT OF RETURN FOR ALL PALESTINIAN PEOPLE.
    ALREADY A LAW SET BY THE WORLD COURT THAT IS SUPPOSE TO GOVERN OUR ENTIRE PLANET. EITHER HAVE THE COURAGE TO INFORCE THOSE LAWS OR YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR RENDERING THAT WORLD BODY COURT TOTALLY USELESS.

    To render it useless means then that we are still the same old barbaric war mongering people we have always been since we were living in caves.

    We formed that court to show that we are not those same barbaric people. We formed it so that all peoples on earth would be safe from these sorts of things happening to them again and again. To render it useless means no people are safe from having the very same thing happen to them that has happened to the people of Palestine. OCCUPIED PEOPLE ARE SUPPOSE TO HAVE RIGHTS TOO! One of those rights is their personal private properties are still theirs! THE OCCUPIER DOES NOT GET TO TAKE YOUR PERSONAL HOME FROM YOU!

    “ISRAEL, HOMELAND FOR THE JEW AND THE JEW ONLY” was created AFTER that world body court was created. THEREFORE “ISRAEL HOMELAND FOR THE JEW ONLY” MUST ABIDE BY ITS LAWS!

    Just like all the rest of us have to!

    And that is what it will take for peace to happen. That and laying down all weapons that have the potential to blow up our entire world!

  16. kim said,

    July 22, 2010 at 01:25

    The important part of the issue is that Chomsky lied about what he said & called it a rumor. If this is true it’s a grave mistake for a man who’s specialty is ‘linguistics” at MIT.

    He may think a one state solution for Israel/Palestine is bad but he should not obfuscate the strong writings on a single-state solution.

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