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Palestine & Israel in Crisis: A Talk with Noam Chomsky

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By Zach Jensen/Special to LAist

The Middle East has been a hotbed of sociopolitical activities as of late, from the uprisings in Egypt--spawning similar uprisings in countries such as Libya--to the continued conflicts surrounding the “war on terror,” which reached a pinnacle this past weekend with the killing of Osama bin Laden. However, some issues, including the Palestinian and Israeli conflict, have been put on the back burner in the media. This Saturday, May 7th, Noam Chomsky will be giving a talk at UCLA discussing the Palestine-Israel conflict.

Noam Chomsky is one of the world's foremost social critics and is the author of many books covering vast social and political topics. One of the most cited modern writers, Chomsky has recently co-authored a book Gaza in Crisis, which touches heavily upon recent developments in the region. His knowledge and expertise can provide some real insight on the matter for anyone who is interested in world politics.

The Palestine-Israel conflict has been longstanding and involves issues of disputes over territories, water rights, border control, and recent Israeli home developments in disputed areas. Peace talks have failed continuously and the escalating violence has sparked international action, due to the issues of human rights and safety of citizens on both sides. In a region where a major selling point for a home is an included bomb shelter, the harsh reality of daily life is quickly exposed.

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The talk, which is being presented by Students for Justice in Palestine at UCLA, will take place at 6 p.m. in the WG Young Hall CS50. The event is open to the public and there will also be an overflow room including audio and video projections of the talk for those that can’t be seated in the main room. Space is limited and early arrival is suggested.