Professor Noam Chomsky was Amy Goodman’s guest on Democracy Now, on this date one year ago. He spoke about Israel’s assault on Gaza.
I met Noam Chomsky in Gaza. He was invited to speak at a conference held at the Islamic University of Gaza. Mohammed Awad, one of my first friends in Gaza, alerted me to Chomsky’s arrival and we both attended two of his talks. I wrote about it here on my blog.
Two years earlier he had been invited to lecture in the West Bank by a Palestinian university, but Israel refused him permission to travel to the West Bank. Disgraceful!
When I remember that incident, I swing from anger at — to embarrassment for — the State of Israel. No one does a better job at “delegitimzing” the State of Israel in the eyes of the community of nations, than Israel herself.
Professor Chomsky also spoke to a smaller group in Gaza at the House of Wisdom. Although it was difficult for me to hear him, he speaks so quietly, I was impressed with how well he listened to the young people and responded to them directly.
I listened but did not engage in the conversation at The Wisdom House. I had a good chuckle when a participant asked me if I was Noam Chomsky’s wife. (I was the only female Westerner in the room).