Middle East studies in the News
The Obama Video I'd Like to See [incl. Rashid Khalidi]
by Aaron Goldstein
Matt Naugle provides us with a link to a video of a young Barack Obama when he was the President of the Harvard Law Review back in 1990.
It's actually not a newly surfaced video though. If memory serves, I saw this video of Obama introducing the late Harvard Law professor Derrick Bell perhaps on The History Channel for some biographical program about Obama. I remember the video because of the blue shirt and the humorous quip about Bell's good looks and charm. Bell passed away last October.
But the Obama video I would really like to see is one of more recent vintage. Specifically, I'd like to see what Barack Obama had to say in 2003 during a tribute to Rashid Khalidi, an anti-Israeli academic who has justified Palestinian suicide bombings. The Los Angeles Timesrefused to release the video during the 2008 campaign and to this day it keeps the video under lock and key. What could have Obama said that is unfit for public consumption? What do they have to hide?
The Obama-Khalidi video was recorded a year before Obama rose to national prominence at the Democratic National Convention and five years before he was elected President of the United States. If Obama made unfavorable statements about Israel in this video they cannot be dismissed in a way one might dismiss something said two decades after the fact.
If the folks at Breitbart can somehow unearth the Obama-Khalidi video before November it would be a miracle.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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