Middle East studies in the News
Obama Inspired Ship 'Audacity of Hope' to Join Gaza Flotilla II [incl. Rashid Khalidi]
In 2008 The LA Times withheld a video that contained footage of Barack Obama celebrating with a group of Palestinians who were openly hostile towards Israel. Barack Obama reportedly even gave a toast to a former PLO operative, Rashid Khalidi, at this celebration. This was something the LA Times hid from the American public before the election. The media refused to release the video.
Terrorist Bill Ayers, Barack Obama and his good friend Jew-hater Rashid Khalidi
There were also reports that terrorists Bill Ayers and his wife Bernadine Dohrn were at the same Jew-bash.
Khalidi was thought to be connected to the PLO. Last year the anti-Israel radical raised cash for a ship named "The Audacity of Hope" to smash through the Gaza Blockade. Well they've finally raised enough cash and the American ship is set to joint this year's Gaza-bound "Freedom Flotilla 2" in June.
The "Audacity of Hop" will join other Islamists and Leftists is set to join the Gaza Flotilla II.
Israel National News reported:
A ship flying US colors and carrying 34 passengers is set to joint this year's Gaza-bound, IHH-sponsored "Freedom Flotilla 2" in June, the New York Times reported.
So-called "peace activists" on the first IHH flotilla in May 2010 ambushed Israeli naval commandos who boarded the ship in accordance with international law, attempted to take them captive, and seriously injuring several. The commandos were forced to kill nine aggressors in order to rescue their imperiled comrades.
This year's American vessel, named The Audacity of Hope after US President Barack Obama's best-selling book, is being organized by an American group called "US Boat to Gaza." Obama links to the Audacity do not end there, however. Prof. Rashid Khalidi, director of the Middle East Institute at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, and a friend from Obama's time in Chicago, is among the supporters of an appeal launched by the group last week.
"We must raise at least $370,000 in the next month," a statement on US Boat to Gaza's Web site read indicating it doesn't have the money needed to sail yet. "These funds will be used to purchase a boat large enough for 40-60 people, secure a crew, and cover the licensing and registering of the boat. Together we will contribute to the great effort to end the blockade of Gaza and the illegal occupation of Palestine."
Khalidi, an outspoken critic of Israel, garnered attention in 2008 when his friendship with Obama became a point of controversy during the US presidential campaign.Note: Articles listed under "Middle East studies in the News" provide information on current developments concerning Middle East studies on North American campuses. These reports do not necessarily reflect the views of Campus Watch and do not necessarily correspond to Campus Watch's critique.
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