Israel stops US academic at border
Al Jazeera English
May 16, 2010
Noam Chomsky, a renowned Jewish-American scholar and political activist, has been barred from entering the West Bank.
Chomsky was denied entry by Israeli immigration officials as he attempted to cross the Allenby Bridge from Jordan on Sunday.
“After several hours of waiting and multiple interrogations our two friends were permitted entry and my daughter and I were informed that we were denied entry after much discussion indirectly with the interior ministry.”
Chomsky said the border officials were “very polite” as they “transmitted inquiries from the [Israeli] ministry of the interior”.
May 17, 2010
Noam Chomsky, a renowned Jewish-American scholar and political activist, has been barred from entering Israel to deliver a speech at Bir Zeit University in the West Bank.
He spoke to Al Jazeera about his hours-long wait at the Israeli border, and the explanation he was given for being denied entry.
Noam Chomsky denied entry to the West Bank, by Israel, 5/15/2010
Noam Chomsky denied entry into Israel and West Bank
Haaretz Daily Newspaper
16 May, 2010
The Association for Civil Rights in Israel slammed the Interior Ministry for “using detention and deportation to prevent a man from expressing his opinion”, calling it “characteristic of a totalitarian regime.”
“A democratic country where freedom of expression is a guiding principle does not close in the face of criticism or ideas that are not comfortable and does not deny entry to guests only because it does not accept their opinions. Instead, it deals with these opinions through public discussion,” said ACRI in a statement.
Kadima MK Otniel Schneller, on the other hand, praised the move.
“It’s good that Israel did not allow one of its accusers to enter its territory,” said Schneller. “I recommend [Chomsky] try one of the tunnels connecting Gaza and Egypt.”