The Chomsky vs. Dershowitz debate
I remember watching this 'debate'. But that was a rigged debate, a Zionist debating another Zionist! It was the OJ lawyer debating with himself, as Chomsky was there only in the flesh, his mind and soul were elsewhere. Why would Chomsky stand in the way of a co-Zionist Dershowitz from unleashing his lies unto the unsuspecting public? Chomsky looked like he was about to drop to the floor; he seemed very tired and uninterested.
Have you noticed? Time and time again, it is Jews who debate other Jews, and the people being debated about are the Arabs and their land? Don't the Arabs have learnt, eloquent, mesmerizing debaters? What about Hatem Bazian or Rashid Khalidi, just to mention two? Nah! Then, it would be a real debate!
The Chomsky vs. Dershowitz debate: both sides were awful!
By: John X and Benjamin Merhav
"Dear Friends, I just finished watching a TV broadcast of a Nov. 29, 2005 debate between Noam Chomsky and Alan Dershowitz at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and it makes me want to throw up!
Both celebrity speakers agreed 100% with the Ku Klux Klan idea of racial separation.
They both advocated a Jewish state, in which only Jews are the sovereign authority, and in which Jews are made a permanent majority by denying the right of return to millions of non-Jews. They both embrace the Klan idea that racial discrimination against non-Jews in a Jewish state is ok so long as the land where the non-Jews are sequestered is called a Palestinian state.
Neither man said that, in a region where Jews and non-Jews live on top of each other and on top of a single aquifer, there should be a single state based on equal rights for Jews and non-Jews. When a person in the audience "accused" Chomsky of wanting a single state solution he adamantly denied it!
Dershowitz defended Israel at one point by asserting that the obstacle to peace was the refusal of Palestinians to give up their right of return. Instead of defending the right of return and explaining how important it was for Palestinians, Chomsky lamely replied that it was an unimportant isssue.
Chomsky and Dershowitz argued passionately, but only about who was to blame for the failure to reach the Ku Klux Klan solution they both embraced.
No wonder Harvard University (whose President says that it is anti-semitic to oppose Israel) sponsored this so-called debate. Both sides were equally racist! A real debate would have somebody who agreed with Albert Einstein that there should not be a Jewish state in Palestine debate somebody (it could be either Dershowitz OR Chomsky) who would defend the racist idea of a Jewish state and racial separation in Palestine. As is well established (see HARVARD'S TABOO SUBJECT: SHOULD THERE BE A JEWISH STATE IN PALESTINE? ) Harvard will not sponsor a real debate because if it did Einstein's position would win.
I know some of you love Chomsky, and yes, he has contributed to unmasking many crimes of American leaders, but when it comes to debates like this the man actually HELPS Zionists like Dershowitz by making them look very reasonable. This debate was a huge defeat for equality and democracy in Palestine, and a real coup for the Zionists.
I agree, of course, with the above letter/article by John except for two points. The first one is the very common statement among Left critics of Noam Chomsky, namely, that he "contributed to unmasking of many crimes of American leaders" yet he "actually HELPS Zionists like Dershowitz by making them look reasonable". There is a patent contradiction within such a statement : how can Chomsky win praise for exposing crimes of the USA ruling class, yet be condemned for being a zionist (or for helping zionists) ? If you distrust a person for being a zionist , how can you trust him for being anti-imperialist at the same time ?
My second point of disagreement is in John's conclusion that the debate "was a huge defeat for equality and democracy in Palestine". I am far more optimistic ,as I see the rapid slide of zionism into history's rubbish tip, where zionism belongs. Moreover, there is proof of this rapid zionist decline in Dershowitz's own words . Dershowitz , who has been notorious for his propaganda as a fanatical zionist for many years now,complained during the debate that the zionists are loosing ground on USA campuses, and that American academics are now much more reluctant to support the zionist apartheid regime of Israel!