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.
Recorded at Boston University.
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 95, he continues to inform and inspire people 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.