Ex-NYT reporter banned from Penn conference over Israel comments

Chris Hedges was banned from a Penn conference about the possibility of peace in the Middle East after he compared Israel to ISIS

Ex-NYT reporter banned from Penn conference over Israel comments

World Bulletin/News Desk

Former New York Times reporter Chris Hedges was banned from a Penn conference about the possibility of peace in the Middle East after he compared Israel to ISIS (ISIL), the Jerusalem Post reported.

Hedges had been invited to speak at the conference sponsored by Penn's International Affairs Association (IAA) that will take place on April 3. However, the former Middle East bureau chief had his invitation revoked after his comments about Israel that appeared in his column for Truthdig.com.

His column was entitled "ISIS – the new Israel" and included the following excerpt.

"[ISIS'] quest for an ethnically pure Sunni state mirrors the quest for a Jewish state eventually carved out of Palestine in 1948. Its tactics are much like those of the Jewish guerrillas who used violence, terrorism, foreign fighters, clandestine arms shipments and foreign money, along with horrific ethnic cleansing and the massacre of hundreds of Arab civilians, to create Israel."

Hedges wrote another column about being banned that said he was unsurprised that his comments led to his ban.

“Being banned from speaking about the conflict between Israel and Palestine, especially at universities, is familiar to anyone who attempts to challenge the narrative of the Israel lobby,” he wrote. “This is not the first time one of my speaking offers has been revoked and it will not be the last.”

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