JERUSALEM — Jewish-American professor Noam Chomsky was denied entry into Israel.
Chomsky, 81, a frequent critic of Israeli and American policies, was detained for four hours at the Allenby Bridge entry point from Jordan on Sunday. The professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was scheduled to deliver a lecture at Bir Zeit University near Ramallah.
An Israeli inspector reportedly told Chomsky that the U.S. Embassy would receive an explanation in writing, according to Haaretz. Ynet reported that Chomsky was told he was refused entry due to his political opinions by order of senior Israeli Interior Ministry officials.