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Barred by Israel, Noam Chomsky to Deliver Speech to Palestinian University via Video Feed

WASHINGTON - The Boston Globe reports
today that Noam Chomsky, famed linguist and professor emeritus at MIT,
who was banned from entering the West Bank by Israeli immigration
officials on Sunday, will deliver his speech to the Palestinian Birzeit
University as planned via video feed. 

Chomsky's detention by Israel has sparked an international controversy and outrage over the issue of free speech. The New York Times' Lede blog wrote on the story and a print article followed yesterday, along with coverage from Democracy Now! and NPR's "All Things Considered."

Chomsky
had been invited to Birzeit University to speak about American foreign
and domestic policy, which is the topic of his just-released book Hopes and Prospects.  As The New York Times
notes: "The renowned linguist was outspoken in his opposition to the
Israeli offensive in Gaza, which ended in January 2009, and has
criticized Israel's occupation of Palestinian territory many times."
Chomsky, who is himself Jewish, commented: "The facts were completely
clear to everyone; there was no basis for a misunderstanding . . . the
government of Israel does not like the kinds of things I say." The
Alternative Radio Network will soon air an interview with Chomsky in connection with Hopes and Prospects.

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