Middle East studies in the News
ATFP Expresses Full Support for Columbia Professor Rashid Khalidi
by American Task Force on Palestine
ATFP EXPRESSES FULL SUPPORT FOR COLUMBIA PROFESSOR RASHID KHALIDI
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Rafi Dajani
"The byline to the 'Jerusalem, A Concise History' article was changed from 'By Rashid Khalidi' to 'Compiled by ACJ from a variety of sources' for the simple reason that at the time of its 2001 posting, an ACJ staffer had mistakenly attributed the article to Dr. Khalidi. Dr. Khalidi had only contributed to the article at the time and was mistakenly given full accreditation for it. Even though Dr. Khalidi was president of the board of directors of the ACJ at the time, he was not involved in any way in posting articles on, or making changes to the ACJ website, nor in supervising day-to-day activities of the ACJ. The mistake escaped unnoticed until it was brought to our attention in May 2005 as a result of the plagiarism contention. That was when the byline change was made to correct the error."
Commenting on the issue, ATFP president Dr. Ziad Asali said:
"Professor Khalidi is an outstanding historian and scholar who has made invaluable contributions to our country's understanding of the Middle East, and ATFP is fully confident in Professor Khalidi's integrity. To assume that Professor Khalidi, the author of numerous books, articles and opinions would resort to plagiarism for a website article is categorically rejected. As far as we are concerned, this matter is closed."
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