One of the defining marks of a healthy, functional democracy is the protection of it citizens' civil liberties, even when those citizens are critical of the government's decisions, arguably just short of sedition.
As all Jews are de facto
citizens of Israel, Chomsky's exclusion says a lot about our friend in the Middle East.
Noam Chomsky denied entry into Israel: report | Raw Story
Famed academic and political dissident Noam Chomsky was detained for three hours by Israeli border guards before being denied entry into the country on Sunday, Israeli news sources report.
Chomsky, who is of Jewish extraction and has long been a fierce critic of Israel, told a TV station in Israel that a border guard said Chomsky had "written things that the Israeli government didn't like."
"I suggested [the interrogator try to] find any government in the world that likes anything I say," Chomsky said, as quoted at Ha'aretz.
According to the Jerusalem Post, "some sources say [Chomsky] was told unofficially there was an order from on high to turn him back because of his political views."
Chomsky wears another badge of honor.