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Chomsky Statement on Israel's War on Gaza

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(WASHINGTON DC) - The following statement by Noam Chomsky indicates a different stand toward Israeli aggression than Prof. Chomsky has revealed in the past: "The incursion and bombardment of Gaza is not about destroying Hamas. It is not about stopping rocket fire into Israel, it is not about achieving peace.

Chomsky Statement on Israel's War on Gaza

It is not a war, it is murder.

Prof. Noam Chomsky
November 17, 2012

(WASHINGTON DC) - The following statement by Noam Chomsky indicates a different stand toward Israeli aggression than Prof. Chomsky has revealed in the past:

"The incursion and bombardment of Gaza is not about destroying Hamas. It is not about stopping rocket fire into Israel, it is not about achieving peace.

The Israeli decision to rain death and destruction on Gaza, to use lethal weapons of the modern battlefield on a largely defenseless civilian population, is the final phase in a decades-long campaign to ethnically-cleanse Palestinians.

Israel uses sophisticated attack jets and naval vessels to bomb densely-crowded refugee camps, schools, apartment blocks, mosques, and slums to attack a population that has no air force, no air defense, no navy, no heavy weapons, no artillery units, no mechanized armor, no command in control, no army… and calls it a war. It is not a war, it is murder.

“When Israelis in the occupied territories now claim that they have to defend themselves, they are defending themselves in the sense that any military occupier has to defend itself against the population they are crushing. You can't defend yourself when you're militarily occupying someone else's land. That's not defense. Call it what you like, it's not defense.”

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Chomsky Statement on Israel's War on Gaza
Authored by: Bill Not Bored on Sunday, November 18 2012 @ 03:14 PM CST

I'd like to see you back up this claim with some facts: statements from Chomsky, etc.

Chomsky Statement on Israel's War on Gaza
Authored by: chomskydotinfo on Sunday, November 18 2012 @ 04:03 PM CST

 Hi all, it turns out this statement (which has been making the rounds of the internet) is mis-attributed; see:

http://ceasefiremagazine.co.uk/it-misquoting-noam-chomsky-gaza/
  An accurate recent statement by Professor Chomsky on Gaza is the following:
  http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/maureen-clare-murphy/linguists-including-noam-chomsky-condemn-reprehensible-gaza-coverage
  And there will likely be more from Chomsky to come.