Chomsky gets the prize
Controversial American political activist Noam Chomsky blasted US President Barack Obama “as one of the most extremist presidents in history”.
Chomsky made his comments in Sydney Wednesday as he received this year’s $50,000 Sydney Peace Prize for his “unfailing moral courage”.
Chomsky told SBS TV: “It’s been obvious from the very beginning; he [Obama] makes some nice words about not expanding the settlements, but then he proceeds to assist in settlement expansion.”
The prize, awarded Wednesday night by the Sydney Peace Foundation based at the University of Sydney, was blasted by Jewish academic Philip Mendes, who wrote in an article in The Australian newspaper Tuesday: “It is hard to see how Chomsky’s track record on Israel-Palestine justifies his receipt of a peace prize. He has done nothing to encourage conflict resolution based on mutual compromise and concessions, or to advance practical strategies that would empower peace activists and moderates on both sides of the equation. To the contrary, he is a one-sided advocate for the Palestinian national cause.”
Chomsky joined previous recipients such as Palestinian activist Hanan Ashrawi, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former Secretary General of Amnesty International Irene Khan.