Chomsky Lectures to Najah Students via
29 march, 2005
Under the patronage of Edinburgh University and the Palestine
Solidarity Committee in the UK, a seminar was organized with the
intellectual Naom Chomsky that was broadcast through video
conferencing to many universities in different parts of the world,
Croatia, Italy, the United Kingdom, and Palestine, a total of
twenty-seven universities at the same time.
Professor Chomsky made his presentation in one hour; he spoke
about the United Nations resolutions in regards of the Arab
Israeli conflict as well as the UN's Resolutions against Syria and
Iraq. American double standards were discussed as were American
corporations and their power, lobbying in the United States,
American media and how it functions and forms public opinions.
Chomsky went on to speak of the framing of other nations, activism
in the USA, Globalization and the war in Iraq and the war against
“terror.” The Israeli ideology, the Israeli occupation and its
effects on the Palestinian economy, the recently launched war
against Hezbollah and the Arab league summit were all also
discussed very informatively in the short time frame available.
The faculty members and students of the different attending
universities asked Prof. Chomsky about his theories and
perspectives towards the Middle East Conflict and American foreign
policy. The faculty and students of An-Najah were very excited to
listen to him and get this great opportunity to learn from
Chomsky’s opinions. Professor Chomsky answered the questions
objectively and clearly expressed his opposition to American
foreign policy in the Middle East.
Noam Chomsky was born in Philadelphia in 1928, educator and
linguist; he has taught at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology since 1955, developed a theory of transformational
grammar that revolutionized the scientific study of language.
Chomsky is a prolific author whose principal linguistic works
after Syntactic Structures include Current Issues in Linguistic
Theory (1964), The Sound Pattern of English (with Morris Halle,
1968), Language and Mind (1972), Studies on Semantics in
Generative Grammar (1972), and Knowledge of Language (1986). In
addition, he has wide-ranging political interests. He was an early
and outspoken critic of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War and
has written extensively on many political issues from a generally
left-wing perspective. Among his political writings are American
Power and the New Mandarins (1969), Peace in the Middle East!
(1974), Some Concepts and Consequences of the Theory of Government
and Binding (1982), Manufacturing Consent (with E. S. Herman,
1988), Profit over People (1998), and Rogue States (2000).
Chomsky’s controversial bestseller 9-11 (2002) is an analysis of
the World Trade Center attack that, while denouncing the atrocity
of the event, traces its origins to the actions and power of the
United States, which he names “a leading terrorist state.”