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Israel, Palestine, and Campus Activism
An interview with Noam Chomsky
LEZAMA: What kind of repression do Palestinian Americans face in the
It is not off the charts?
It is not off the charts. But if you’re a Mexican American in
In March 2012, the Israeli Air Force bombed the
Go back a bit to June 2008 when a ceasefire was reached between
They never even make it to Tel Aviv.
The missile launches from Hamas stopped altogether during that period, even though
There is a very good account of Operation Cast Lead by independent participants. For example, there were a couple of Norwegian doctors working at the
There was a UN Security Council effort to call a ceasefire early in January, but the
It seems the Israeli government is taking advantage of the Obama administration’s bid for re-election. Israel is talking a lot about attacking Iran, and trying to mobilize support for it in the
My suspicion is that they are trying to create the circumstances under which the
They want to set up a rationale?
I would not be surprised if they staged some kind of an incident in the
Actually, we should bear in mind that the
An important aspect of this never discussed in the
So far, there is nothing official. If anybody believes
Assuming that the
I don’t think they expect ground troops, they expect, or, want...
A major missile and aerial assault.
...which can carry nuclear-tipped missiles. I’m pretty sure they are deployed in the Gulf. So, if they want, they can carry out a missile attack.
Why don’t they do it themselves?
They are afraid it would be too costly. For one thing, the world would be furious. Even in Europe,
There will still be consequences for the Palestinians.
The Palestinians are in a dire state now. There is a political settlement, which is agreed upon by the entire world, the UN Security Council, the International Court of Justice,
What about the idea that Gaza and the West Bank should be contiguous?
That’s required. The
What should people in the
They should be breaking through the media and general doctrinal barriers to come to know what is going on. They should be helping people learn about this. I don’t have any secret sources of information. Everything I have said is public knowledge, but it is not known by anyone. This is not the only case, but it is an important one. Everything I have just mentioned is on the public record.
I think that has been done on college campuses in
I could not walk from the faculty club to other parts of campus. The reason is that they had just picked up a lot of death threats. They don’t want someone killed on campus. I gave the talk at Royce Hall, the big campus hall, but it was like airport security—one entry, everybody’s bag had to be checked. The next day there was a huge attack in the Daily Bruin. First of all, it was a huge attack on me, but also on the professor who invited me. In fact, there was an effort to take away the tenure of the professor who invited me. That was in 1985. I was back in UCLA maybe a year ago. There was a huge mob, very supportive, hard to get a critical word of what I was saying. That is a huge change. It changed because of student activism. It’s the kind of thing you asked about, “What should people do?”
Would you say that the state of the country is reflected on campuses? So, if you get negative responses at a campus, you’ll get the same sort of thing happening in libraries?
It’s the same thing. I can give the talk in public meetings, libraries etc. The general atmosphere has just changed enormously. Even in my own university, MIT, if I was giving a talk on Israel-Palestine, up until maybe ten years ago, I had to have police protection. Now, it is unheard of. There is just a big change. The same is true in the town where I live.
The propaganda is not as effective as it used to be. That is exactly why the IDF group (Stand With Us) has to go around campuses trying to counter the support for
What do you think of the Caravan for Peace?
I think it’s important. I met Sicilia a couple months ago. He’s an impressive guy. Everything depends on how many people the message reaches. You can’t count on the media, but others can. In fact, all through
Ricardo Lezama is a student at the University of California,
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