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Noam Chomsky spoke on the recent US-backed Israeli war on Gaza in an event co-sponsored by the MIT Center for International Studies and its Program on Human Rights and Justice. I think he mentioned some interesting points. There are eleven videos posted on Youtube of the event, I am posting the first one in this post but you can view the rest below:
6 thoughts on “Noam Chomsky On Gaza”
I got to see Noam Chomsky speak on this not too long ago at the Palestine Center for Peace in Boston. Unfortunately missed all the other recent events he’s been at, but he’s certainly a treasure in Boston.
I think he’s an intelligent man. I’ve come to know him first as a linguistic theorist, then as an anti Zionism and imperialism, then as an anarchist and libertarian socialist. Few people can master three fields. One thing I don’t like about him is that he opposes one state solution.
Anarchist Queer, I think the reason for that is because Chomsky will claim “it’s not up to me, or you”. It’s up to the Palestinians, and they have an option, the two state settlement, that is advocated by the international community and the Arab league.
It’s a rational position, though I like the proposal given by Tariq Ali and others for a single state.
AMY GOODMAN: We’re just wrapping up right now, but I want to ask if you support a one- or two-state solution there?
NOAM CHOMSKY: Nobody supports—I mean, you can talk about a one-state solution, if you want. I think a better solution is a no-state solution. But this is pie in the sky. If you’re really in favor of a one-state solution, which in fact I’ve been all my life—accept a bi-national state, not one state—you have to give a path to get from here to there. Otherwise, it’s just talk. Now, the only path anyone has ever proposed—
AMY GOODMAN: We have ten seconds.
NOAM CHOMSKY: —is through two states as the first stage.
Yeah to be fair, he doesn’t seem to think that the one state solution isn’t a better solution, but that it’s an unrealistic solution, and I am not very convinced why he thinks that.
thanks for sharing!
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