Not even the staunchest of Zionists can defend the decision of the Israeli Government to refuse the great thinker, Noam Chomsky, access into the West Bank. Since the first Lebanon war in 1982 Chomsky has been a critic of Israeli government policy. Nevertheless, he was never called for violence against Israel, nor does he pose any security threat. On the contrary, those who would take time to read his work would open their minds to the peace process.
Chomsky’s retort when asked the last time he was refused access was “Czechoslovakia in 1968, after the Russian invasion”. Is this the comparison that Israel seeks? Curtailing freedom of speech is not the actions of a true democracy. These actions are encouraging academic boycott.