Radical left-wing MIT professor Noam Chomsky was denied entry to Israel on Sunday as he tried to cross the Allenby Bridge from neighboring Jordan.
Chomsky, a leading linguist and self-defined anarchist, was scheduled to speak to Palestinian Arabs at Bir Zeit University in Ramallah.
Israel's Interior Ministry insisted the denial of entry was merely a misunderstanding, and that Chomsky is not on any blacklist. Though his public antagonism of Israel is widely believed to have influenced the initial decision to hold Chomsky up at the border.
Recent examples of Chomsky's hostile attitude toward Israel include his 2006 visit to Lebanon, during which he contradicted international law by insisting that Hizballah had every right to stockpile weapons for use against Israel. A month later, the terror group instigated the Second Lebanon War.
In 2009, Chomsky attacked American Jews and Christians who had backed Israel's Operation Cast Lead aimed at bringing a halt to daily Palestinian rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip. Chomsky said Israel's supporters were contributing to the nation's "moral degeneration."
He has also backed Iran's efforts to obtain nuclear weapons, and accused Israel of being the true nuclear threat to the region.
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