Middle East studies in the News
Obama the Anti-Semite? [incl. Rashid Khalidi]
by Quin Hillyer
For years now it has been clear that Barack Obama is unusually hostile to the state of Israel and unusually sympathetic to or admiring of anti-Semites such as Rashid Khalidi. Indeed, Obama's numerous associations with people of anti-Jewish or radically anti-Zionist bent are beyond worrisome; they are an affont. One would think that a president wanting to dispel an impression of hostility toward Jews and Israel would be sure not to appoint as Secretary of Defense or Secretary of State a person with a long public record of insulting Jews, belittling Israel, and even refusing to condemn or act against anti-Semitic terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah or against anti-Semitic terrorist states such as Iran.
For such a president, then, to nominate such a man, in this case former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel, to be Secretary of Defense, is for the president to shout from the rooftops that he cares not a whit for the concerns that his own actions and attitudes have raised.
Chuck Hagel is a despicable choice for the Pentagon post. Barack Obama is despicable for having made such a choice.
Does that prove that Obama himself is anti-Zionist or, worse, anti-Semitic? No.
But, combined with Obama's long record, it certainly makes it legitimate to raise the question.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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