Letters on behalf of Noam Chomsky 2007

Letter to Editor Newton TAB regarding their coverage of Chomsky's visit to Newton School, April 16, 2007

Letter to Editor Newton TAB
on furor over Chomsky's visit to High School

Document ID: PHBFZE20070416 URL: http://www.humanbeingsfirst.org Discuss here.




To Gail Spector, Editor
Newton TAB
Newton, MA.

April 16, 2007.


Dear Ms. Gail Spector,

In reference to your article '
The real story behind Noam Chomsky' you wrote on your blog:

I posted this column about Noam Chomsky's visit to Newton South. I have no doubts that many bloggers are going to disagree with my assessment. It sure would be nice to hear from some people who agree…

Just so that you don't feel entirely alone, please see
my letter to Channel 5 WCVB Boston regarding their 'sensationalistic' coverage on my website http://www.humanbeingsfirst.org.

The Newton school's administration and its Social Awareness group must be congratulated for their courageous decision to go against the grain to inform their students!

As you excitedly noted in your column: “My spirits lifted further when I spoke to a few students after the presentation. They didn't agree with everything they'd heard, but they were awestruck by Chomsky's presence and the depth of his knowledge. They were stimulated and excited. They knew this wasn't your average smart guy. ... A student group raised the level of discussion yesterday, both in the high school and in my home. That, folks, is the real story.

Yes indeed! And there should be many more of these 'real story' happening all across America! Otherwise the moralists will continually be rewriting the 'Report on the Banality of Evil'!

It was indeed that last sentence of yours that prompted me to write to Chomsky and suggest to him that he spend at least 50% of his time within the high schools within his own Jewish community so that the youngsters can see and hear more of him while in their formative stages before they grow up and “United we stand” as 'Good Germans'. He wrote back saying he was always willing when there were “invitations”, to which I wrote back suggesting to him: “moses must go to the mountain” (uninvited).


Zahir Ebrahim
Project Humanbeingsfirst.org


Letter to Channel 5 URL: http://humanbeingsfirst.blogspot.com/2007/04/lettertochannel5-noamchomsky.html
Newton Tab Column URL:
http://www.townonline.com/newton/homepage/x402958077


The author, a minor justice activist, grew up in Pakistan, studied EECS at MIT, engineered for a while in high-tech Silicon Valley (patents here), and retired early to pursue other responsible interests. He may be reached via humanbeingsfirst on gmail com.

This letter (I believe) was accepted by Newton TAB and will likely appear in their Wednesday Edition, April 18, 2007.
http://www.townonline.com/newton/opinions/x775655430


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Letter to Channel 5 Boston 'Noam Chomsky Speaks At Newton School', April 14, 2007

Letter to Channel 5 WCVB Boston News Team
on 'Noam Chomsky Speaks At Newton School'

Document ID: PHBFZE20070414 URL: http://www.humanbeingsfirst.org Discuss here.




To: News Administration WCVB News Team, ABC Affiliate

Bill Fine, President, General Manager

Coleen Marren, News Director

Neil Ungerleider, Assistant News Director
Amalia Barreda, News


Subject: 'Writer Viewed As Holocaust Denial Sympathizer Visits School - Noam Chomsky Speaks At Newton School'

Date: April 14, 2007

Dear respected News Directors,


I would humbly like to submit the following letter/opinion on your coverage of the afore titled news report that appeared on April 11, 2007 at:
http://www.thebostonchannel.com/news/11620591/detail.html

I hope you can publish it.

Thank you,

Zahir Ebrahim

(submitted via website
www.thebostonchannel.com)


--- begin opinion ---

In response to the brief coverage of Noam Chomsky's visit to Newton's public school on April 11, 2007, by Amalia Barreda in her sensationally titled report 'Writer Viewed As Holocaust Denial Sympathizer Visits School', the reporter quoted one of the organizers: "We didn't invite him here because he had ideas we agreed with or didn't agree with. We invited him here because we wanted to hear what an expert on the war had to say", and also quoted the President of the Student Senate protesting the visit: "I think it is horrible that Mr. Chomsky would be invited to speak unopposed", may I just note that Noam Chomsky is the 'opposing view'. He is the rare gadfly who dares to go against the grain and does lend a different and often opposite view from those prevailing within his own community of Jewish peoples, and within the institutional and official governmental circles which are subsequently widely promulgated among the mainstream American society by the mainstream news media.

To have titled this piece so sensationally and suggestively, and then to have only reported in the 'he said she said' style without lending perspective to the significance of Noam Chomsky even being invited into a predominantly Jewish neighborhood school leaves the reader without any perspective as to what has just transpired in Newton where opinions and world views, as in any other mainstream dominated locality in the United States, are often very 'incestuously self-reinforced', where 'balance' is to choose between Republican and Democrat, or between two talking heads of the same coin. What these youngsters and the school officials have done is remarkable, especially in the prevailing climate where the sons and daughters of America are being sent to the slaughter house - never mind the slaughter they themselves are doing in the name of "United we Stand". For this, the school, the parents, and the Members of the school's Social Awareness Club must be congratulated.

Indeed to be fair to the minds of the 'populist democracy' during their formative years and genuinely presenting them with counterpoints to what they normally hear in their schools, homes, news media, and among their social circle of like minded friends, Noam Chomsky, and the handful of courageous moralist gadflies like him, should be allowed to directly engage with our school kids where the initiation of "United we Stand" as 'good Germans' actually begins - in the very first grade - so that by the time one grows up as an adult, the peculiar nationalist, religious, or ethnic/racial 'ubermensch' world views which otherwise get ingrained within one and entirely defines one, come out more 'plebeian' and 'ordinary' and entirely seeded in the Biblical Golden Rule which is this nation's Judeo-Christian heritage. Some evidence of this not being the case at the present time in this nation is presented in the essay "America's Shame" available on the website noted below. To make any difference towards this nation's good peoples becoming informed and rational citizens as engaging adults, such invitations are essential when the tree is being planted (and nurtured), and I applaud the Newton High School for showing much vision and courage and becoming a role model for the rest of the nation. This surely must have been an incredibly difficult thing for them to do.

So thank you Newton Massachusetts, and thank you Noam Chomsky for the courage to be a gadfly, whether or not anyone may agree with you, and whether or not you go far enough in being one, or being one efficaciously! And keep seeding the Golden Rule ('do unto others as you have others' do unto you') for who can disagree with simple moral truisms - the best way to teach! And no thank you Amalia Barreda and Channel 5 ABC Boston for not lending any deeper perspective to the significance of this courageous event in Newton!

In full disclosure, Chomsky was among my professors at MIT many many years ago. He taught me to think – even to the point of rationally arguing against even the "arguably the most important intellectual alive" – as in my essay on Israel-Palestine "The endless trail of red herrings". Perhaps Channel 5 may do well to become his students first before they become reporters!


Zahir Ebrahim
California
humanbeingsfirst@gmail.com
http://www.humanbeingsfirst.org

Cited Article URL:
http://humanbeingsfirst.blogspot.com/2007/03/americas-shame.html
http://humanbeingsfirst.blogspot.com/2007/03/endless-red-herrings.html

--- end opinion ---



The author, a minor justice activist, grew up in Pakistan, studied EECS at MIT, engineered for a while in high-tech Silicon Valley (patents here), and retired early to pursue other responsible interests. He may be reached via humanbeingsfirst on gmail com.


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Letters April 2007 on Behalf of Noam Chomsky