Debate on Israel/Palestine
The much anticipated encounter between two long time adversaries. Dershowitz dismisses Chomsky as inhabiting his own “planet” where “the news reflects his perspective on reality.” He claims Chomsky relies on, “selective quotes and picking tidbits out of context.” And “If you check his sources, they are false. He makes it up as he goes along.” Chomsky counters with, “Here is a simple exercise. You can believe one of two things. The extensive published diplomatic record or what Dershowitz says he heard from somebody.” Chomsky adds, “The march to catastrophe continues” as the proposed Palestine state will consist of “Bantustans with no organic connection to East Jerusalem, the center of Palestinian life and culture.” The audience joins in with spirited and pointed questions. An ear-opening program for your must-have list.
Noam Chomsky, by any measure, has led a most extraordinary life. In one index he is ranked as the eighth most cited person in history, right up there with Aristotle, Shakespeare, Marx, Plato and Freud. His contributions to modern linguistics are legendary. In addition to his pioneering work in that field, he has been a leading voice for peace and social justice for many decades. Chris Hedges says he is “America’s greatest intellectual” who “makes the powerful, as well as their liberal apologists, deeply uncomfortable.” The New Statesman calls him “the conscience of the American people.” He is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT and Laureate Professor of Linguistics and Haury Chair in the Program in Environment and Social Justice at the University of Arizona. At 94, he is still active; writing and giving interviews to the media all over the world. He is the author of scores of books, his latest are Consequences of Capitalism, Chronicles of Dissent and Notes on Resistance.
Alan Dershowitz taught law at Harvard for many years. He is the author of numerous books including The Case for Israel. His debate with Chomsky on Israel, recorded at the Kennedy School at Harvard is full of fireworks and sharply conflicting views. As a side note, Dershowitz and Chomsky met at a Hebrew summer camp in the Poconos in the 1940s.