Israel & the American Left
Contentious does not begin to describe this essential classic. Chomsky is joined by Paul Berman and Ellen Willis in a panel moderated by Michael Albert. There are heated exchanges on anti-Semitism, Israel and the Faurisson case. Chomsky says, “The left has a lot to answer for. It has played a significant role in enhancing the torment of the Palestinians and the moral degeneration of Israel.” He adds, “Jews are entitled to remember Jerusalem for 2,000 years and entitled to return displacing the indigenous population but Palestinians are to forget their homeland after a generation and go somewhere else, anywhere will do.” Recorded at the Borough of Manhattan Community College during the Socialist Scholar’s Conference.
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.” He is Institute 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 93, he is still active; writing and giving interviews to the media all over the world. He is the author of scores of books, including Propaganda & the Public Mind, How the World Works, Power Systems and Global Discontents with David Barsamian. His latest books are Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal, Consequences of Capitalism: Manufacturing Discontent and Resistance, and Chronicles of Dissent: Collected Interviews with David Barsamian, 1984-1996.