The Right of Return
Recorded at the Right of Return conference, Noam Chomsky, Ilan Pappe, Robert Fisk and Edward Said take on different aspects of the explosive issue of the Palestinians’ quest to return to their homes. Chomsky has long been involved in the Israeli-Palestinian question. Pappe is one of Israel’s leading radical voices and part of the New Historian’s movement, which is decoding many of the Zionist myths. Fisk, the Beirut-based correspondent for The Independent, is noted for his candor and straight-ahead writing style. Edward Said delivers a blistering critique of the Palestinian leadership.
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. The MIT professor’s 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 92, 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.