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Defend Azmi Bishara

By Yusef Michaels | May 31, 2002 | Page 10

NEW YORK--More than 500 people came to hear Noam Chomsky speak at Hunter College May 25. The event was a benefit for the legal defense of Azmi Bishara, a Palestinian member of Israel's parliament. He is on trial after his parliamentary immunity was stripped when he praised the Palestinian uprising--or Intifada--that began 19 months ago.

One of the best-known opponents of U.S. militarism and imperialism, Chomsky stressed that the U.S has given Israel a blank check to conduct even its most savage military actions.

Chomsky told the audience about the U.S. government's prompt delivery of new Black Hawk helicopters to Israel at the beginning of the new Intifada.

Chomsky also took aim at the idea that Israel is "negotiating" with Palestinians. "There's a name for this," Chomsky said. "It's called the peace process. It's the process by which the U.S. constantly prevents peace."

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