Palestinian PM slams Israel for denying entry of U.S. professor

08:23, May 18, 2010      

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Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad lashed out at Israel on Monday for denying entry of Jewish American professor Noam Chomsky into the Palestinian territories.

According to the official Palestinian Wafa news agency, Fayyad phoned Chomsky after he was barred from entering the West Bank and updated him on the latest developments in the Palestinian territory.

The academic was invited by Birzeit University, near Ramallah, to lecture at a number of its faculties. He was also supposed to meet with Fayyad and other Palestinian officials.

The Israeli authorities on Sunday denied his access into the West Bank, after a three-hour questioning, supposedly for his strict constant denunciation of Israel's policies against the Palestinians.

Chomsky is a professor of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is known for his radical left-wing and anti-occupation political views as well as his criticism of the foreign policy of the United States.



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