Noam Chomsky, a prominent Jewish-American intellectual and frequent critic of the Israeli government, was denied entry into the occupied West Bank by Israeli authorities on Sunday. According to Israeli officials, Chomsky tried to enter from Jordan. Israel says he was not allowed in to give a speech at Birzeit University in the West Bank because he had not put in a request in advance. But Chomsky says he was told at the border by Israeli immigration that they didn't like his viewpoint on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The decision to bar him has caused outrage in some Israeli circles that regard the action as an assault on free speech.