1. NOAM CHOMSKY: On May 16, 2010, the longtime critic of the US and professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was denied entry to the Palestinian Territories. He was on his way to give a lecture at Bir Zeit University in Ramallah in the West Bank. The Israeli ministry later said it had misunderstood Mr. Chomsky’s reasons for visiting and assumed he wanted to visit Israel proper as well.
Ramallah Ballet Center owner Shyrine Ziadeh decided not to leave the West Bank to study dance, but instead opened a space to cultivate talent and hope among local youth.