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JEFFREY BLANKFORT – Damage Control: Noam Chomsky & the Israel-Palestine Conflict
Date Thursday May 05
Time 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location Details
City Lights Bookstore
261 Columbus Avenue
(just south of Columbus & Broadway,
in the North Beach district)
San Francisco
Event Type Other
Organizer/Authorposted by Joseph Anderson, Berkeley
Jeffrey Blankfort will present his Left Curve political journal article at the Left Curve journal, Issue #29, release party!:

"Damage Control: Noam Chomsky & the Israel-Palestine Conflict"

Blankfort rhetorically takes on Chomsky - an icon of contemporary progressives - and demonstrates the shortcomings of Chomsky's analysis that, "Israel serves a strategic asset for the U.S. and that the Israeli lobby, primarily AIPAC, is little more than a pressure group like any other trying to affect U.S. policy in the Middle East."

Noam Chomsky's contribution to a forceful critique of the unsavory record of U.S. foreign policy is well known. Less well known are his contradictory views on the Israel-Palestine conflict – and, lastly, the probably reason why.

See Blankfort's article:

Jeffrey Blankfort is a long-time veteran professional photojournalist from the '60's; a San Francisco, Mendocino County, and Houston community FM radio journalist-host (currently on, 89.5 FM,, and; a Bay Area veteran Free Speech Movement, Civil Rights Movement, anti-Vietnam War movement, and anti-Apartheid movement activist; a former editor of the Middle East Labor Bulletin; a Jewish-American, anti-Zionist, pro-Palestinian human rights activist; a public lecturer; and has written extensively on the Israel-Palestine conflict and the domestic pro-Israel lobby. (Google, "Blankfort" for more articles/coverage.)

ALSO, Left Curve editor Csaba Polony and several other contributors present/read from their essays, stories, or poetry in the latest issue of one of the West Coast’s best – nationally and internationally edited – journals of political and cultural analysis.

Release party: 7:00 – 9:00pm or whenever..., until close!

Left Curve is an artist-produced journal that addresses the problems of cultural forms emerging from the crises of modernity that strive to be independent from the control of dominant institutions and free from the shackles of instrumental rationality. Their orientation is premised on the recognition of the destructiveness of commodity systems to all life, and the need to build a culture that could potentially create a more harmonious relationship among people, and between the human and natural world. They encourage open, critical, defetishized work that attempts to unravel, and reveal contemporary (inner/outer) reality.
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