UN Press Conference
At an event organized by Committee on the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People at the UN, Chomsky takes various questions from international journalists. He discusses moral choices. They “cannot be divorced from the tactical judgements of the consequences of actions.” We must take into account, addressing the BDS movement, the “impact on the victims.” He emphasizes the importance of generating “solidarity and support in the U.S. population. That’s a crucial direction that Palestinian efforts should be directed to quite apart from actions in the international arena.” He also covers the Kurdish situation in Syria and Turkey; criticisms of Israel & anti-Semitism; his UN testimony on East Timor in 1978; and the Armenian Genocide.
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 legendary MIT professor practically invented modern linguistics. 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 90, he still gives lectures 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.