First it was the iPad
Israeli customs officials have blocked Noam Chomsky
from entering the
country. The American liberal academic, who was traveling to speak in
the Palestinian territories, was stopped due to Israeli travel
restrictions that bar most foreigners from those territories. Israeli
officials apologized, saying Chomsky's denial was made in error because his case
was not appealed to the correct administrative body. However, Chomsky
says one border official told him, "Israel does not like what you say,"
and some within Israel have responded with outrage against their
government. Here's Boaz Okon
, legal editor of the Hebrew-language
There is a worrying common denominator here. When freedom disappears —
it comes first of all at the expense of the weak, the marginal groups or
the minorities. But it does not end there. Now it is also reaching
intellectuals with a worldwide reputation. Therefore, it would not be
an exaggeration to say that the decision to shut up Prof. Chomsky is an
attempt to put an end to freedom in the State of Israel.
the case may be, the good news is that, the next time Chomsky visit, he
can bring his iPad: Israel's
ban has been lifted
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