Tuesday, May 18, 2010

NYT: Israel Roiled After Chomsky Barred, Joint Declaration of Turkey, Iran and Brazi

Today's Democracy Now has lots more on Noam Chomsky, plus
the wunderkid of elections, Nate Silver, on today's primaries. Nate
called all of the 2008 elections to a T, including Minnesota's.

From: "Yoshie Furuhashi" <critical.montages@gmail.com>
Sent: Monday, May 17, 2010 6:50 AM

This is a great diplomatic coup if we don't let the USG and corporate
media spin it out of existence. Now is the time to put pressures on
the Obama administration and its allied Western governments to accept
this. -- Yoshie

Joint Declaration of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Iran and
by Ahmet Davutoğlu, Manouchehr Mottaki, and Celso Amorim

Having met in Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran, the undersigned have
agreed on the following Declaration:

1. We reaffirm our commitment to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation
of Nuclear Weapons and in accordance with the related articles of the
NPT, recall the right of all State Parties, including the Islamic
Republic of Iran, to develop research, production and use of nuclear
energy (as well as nuclear fuel cycle including enrichment activities)
for peaceful purposes without discrimination.

2. We express our strong conviction that we have the opportunity now
to begin a forward looking process that will create a positive,
constructive, non-confrontational atmosphere leading to an era of
interaction and cooperation.

3. We believe that the nuclear fuel exchange is instrumental in
initiating cooperation in different areas, especially with regard to
peaceful nuclear cooperation including nuclear power plant and
research reactors construction.

4. Based on this point the nuclear fuel exchange is a starting point
to begin cooperation and a positive constructive move forward among
nations. Such a move should lead to positive interaction and
cooperation in the field of peaceful nuclear activities replacing and
avoiding all kinds of confrontation through refraining from measures,
actions and rhetorical statements that would jeopardize Iran's rights
and obligations under the NPT.

5. Based on the above, in order to facilitate the nuclear cooperation
mentioned above, the Islamic Republic of Iran agrees to deposit 1200
kg LEU in Turkey. While in Turkey this LEU will continue to be the
property of Iran. Iran and the IAEA may station observers to monitor
the safekeeping of the LEU in Turkey.

6. Iran will notify the IAEA in writing through official channels of
its agreement with the above within seven days following the date of
this declaration. Upon the positive response of the Vienna Group (US,
Russia, France and the IAEA) further details of the exchange will be
elaborated through a written agreement and proper arrangement between
Iran and the Vienna Group that specifically committed themselves to
deliver 120 kg of fuel needed for the Tehran Research Reactor (TRR).

7. When the Vienna Group declares its commitment to this provision,
then both parties would commit themselves to the implemention of the
agreement mentioned in item 6. Islamic Republic of Iran expressed its
readiness -- in accordance with the agreement -- to deposit its LEU
(1200 kg) within one month and on the basis of the same agreement the
Vienna Group should deliver 120 kg fuel required for TRR in no later
than one year.

8. In case the provisions of this Declaration are not respected
Turkey, upon the request of Iran, will return swiftly and
unconditionally Iran's LEU to Iran.

9. Turkey and Brazil welcomed the continuous readiness of the Islamic
Republic of Iran to pursue its talks with the 5+1 countries in any
place including Turkey and Brazil, on the common concerns based on
collective commitments according to the common points of their

10. Turkey and Brazil appreciated Iran's commitment to the NPT and its
constructive role in pursuing the realization of nuclear rights of its
member states. The Islamic Republic of Iran likewise appreciated the
constructive efforts of the friendly countries Turkey and Brazil in
creating the conducive environment for realization of Iran's nuclear

The above declaration in English was published on the Web site of the
Republic of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 17 May 2010.
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Israel Roiled After Chomsky Barred From West Bank

By Ethan Bronner
NY Times: May 17, 2010

JERUSALEM - A fierce debate broke out in Israel on Monday amid finger
pointing and hand wringing over the country's refusal to permit the linguist
Noam Chomsky, an icon of the American left, to enter the occupied West Bank
from Jordan.

Front-page coverage and heated morning radio discussions asked how Professor
Chomsky, an 81-year-old professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, could pose a risk to Israel and how a country that frequently
asserts its status as a robust democracy could keep out people whose views
it found offensive.

Professor Chomsky, who is Jewish and spent time living on a kibbutz in
Israel in the 1950s, is an outspoken critic both of American and Israeli
policy. He has objected to Israel's foundation as a Jewish state, but he has
supported a two-state solution and has not condemned Israel's existence in
the terms of the country's sharpest critics.

The decision Sunday to bar him from entering the West Bank to speak at
Birzeit, a Palestinian university, "is a foolish act in a frequent series of
recent follies," remarked Boaz Okun, the legal commentator of the newspaper
Yediot Aharonot, in his Monday column. "Put together, they may mark the end
of Israel as a law-abiding and freedom-loving state, or at least place a
large question mark over this notion."

Government spokesmen were mortified at the development and issued statements
saying that the decision was made by an Interior Ministry official at the
Jordan-West Bank border and did not represent policy.

"There is no change in our policy," said Mark Regev, a spokesman for Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "The idea that Israel is preventing people from
entering whose opinions are critical of the state is ludicrous; it is not
happening. This was a mishap. A guy at the border overstepped his

Mr. Regev suggested that if Professor Chomsky tried to enter again, he would

But Professor Chomsky said in a television interview from Jordan with Al
Jazeera that the Interior Ministry official who interviewed him was on the
phone with other ministry officials during the several hours of questioning
on Sunday at the West Bank border and that he was taking instructions from
his superiors.

"There were two basic points," Professor Chomsky told the interviewer. "One
was that the government of Israel does not like the kinds of things I say -
which puts them into the category of I suppose every other government in the
world. The second was that they seemed upset about the fact that I was just
taking an invitation from Birzeit and I had no plans to go on to speak in
Israeli universities, as I have done many times in the past, but not this

Some conservative members of Parliament said they had no objection to the

"This is a decision of principle between the democratic ideal - and we all
want freedom of speech and movement - and the need to protect our
existence," said Otniel Schneller, of the centrist Kadima party, on Israel
Radio. "Let's say he came to lecture at Birzeit. What would he say? That
Israel kills Arabs, that Israel is an apartheid state?"

In another three months, Mr. Schneller went on, some Israeli would be
standing over her son's grave, the victim of incitement "in the name of free
speech." People like Professor Chomsky, he added, do not have to be granted
permission to enter.

Professor Chomsky said he had last visited in 1997. This time he came to the
border with his daughter and two friends. The friends were permitted entry
but he and his daughter were not. In the end, all four chose to return to
Amman, the Jordanian capital.

Moustafa Barghouti, who was to be Professor Chomsky's host in the West Bank,
condemned Israel's refusal to let him in, saying, "The decision of Israel to
prevent Professor Chomsky from entering the Palestinian Territories is a
result of the numerous campaigns against Chomsky organized by the Jewish
lobby in the United States."

Israel has felt its legitimacy increasingly under attack and that has added
to the debate here over Professor Chomsky. Another reason Monday's
discussion was so heated is that Professor Chomsky is not the first
controversial figure denied entry in the past few years to Israel or the
West Bank.

Late last month, Ivan Prado, one of Spain's most famous clowns, spent six
hours at Ben-Gurion airport in Tel Aviv being questioned before being sent
back to Madrid. He had planned to run a clown festival modeled after one in
Spain in the West Bank city of Ramallah but was accused of having ties with
Palestinian terrorist groups by the Israelis.

A Foreign Ministry spokesman said that Mr. Prado was caught lying during
questioning at the airport and that his cellphone, which he denied having,
contained a telephone number of a Palestinian who Israel considered to be a
member of a terrorist group.

In January, Jared Malsin, a young American editor working in Bethlehem for a
Palestinian news agency, was barred from re-entering at Ben-Gurion airport
after officials said he would not answer questions satisfactorily.

In December 2008, Israel barred Richard Falk, an American who is a United
Nations investigator of human rights in the Palestinian areas, saying he was
hostile to Israel. He was seized at the airport and not permitted entry.

And a few months earlier that year, Norman Finkelstein, a scholar who is a
critic of Israel and its policies, was barred from entering after a visit in
Lebanon that included conversations with officials of Hezbollah. Israeli
officials said that Mr. Finkelstein refused to describe the nature of those

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