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Noam Chomsky defends David Ward MP's comments on Israel's treatment of Palestinians

February 9, 2013 9:44 AM
Dr Noam Chomsky

Dr Noam Chomsky

Distinguished professor of linguistics and philosopher, Dr Avram Noam Chomsky, has today defended comments by David Ward MP about the treatment of Palestinians by Israel. He has dismissed claims that Mr Ward's comments are anti-Semitic.

Commenting, Dr Chomsky said:

"I agree that there's nothing remotely anti-Semitic in his remarks, which are in fact familiar in Israeli discussions."

Commenting, David Ward MP said:

"I would like to thank Dr Chomsky for his comments. His comments are particularly important to me as he has been used by critics, without his knowledge or permission, to condemn my comments."

"The intention behind my comments was to start a genuine discussion about Israel's treatment of Palestinians and how the Israeli government seemingly acts with impunity for its actions in Gaza and the West Bank. I now intend to work with groups around the country to start a discussion that can take a frank look at this conflict and what we can do to bring an end to atrocities committed by both sides in this appalling and long lasting conflict."

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Noam Chomsky is a world famous linguist, historian, political critic, and activist. He is the author of Failed States, Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies, Manufacturing Consent and dozens of other books.

Noam Chomsky will be appearing via video link later on today at a conference in London entitled 'Confronting War Ten Years On": http://tenyearson.org.uk/