Campus Watch in the Media
The NY Times Covers for Obama on Khalidi
by Ed Lasky
The latest whitewash of members of the ring of rogues around Barack Obama is delivered by the New York Times this morning.
Barack Obama has had a long-time friendship with Rashid Khalidi, who taught at the University of Chicago from 1987 until 2003. They both lived in the small enclave of Hyde Park and socialized. They both taught at the University of Chicago. The topic of their friendship has risen, in part, because Khalidi is a fierce critic of Israel and US support of that nation. Also, Barack Obama, when he served on the small seven person Board of Directors of the Woods Fund, gave 2 grants totaling over $100,000 to an anti-Israel activist group headed by Khalidi's wife.
The Khalidi's also held a fundraiser for Obama at their home.
The ties between the Barack Obama and Rashid Khalidi generated some attention when a Los Angeles Times article ("Allies of Palestinians See a Friend in Barack Obama") was published earlier in the year that portrayed the extent of their friendship as deep and enduring. There is a video (that the Los Angeles Times refuses to make public) of Obama delivering an encomium to his friend during a going away party for the Khalidi's (Khalidi was moving to Columbia University, where he now holds the Edward Said chair of Arab Studies and is director of the Middle East Institute of Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs"):
From the Los Angeles Times article:
This is the history that the Times tries to whitewash today.
The New York Times has front-run for the Obama campaign for two years - downplaying his close ties to ACORN, to Pastor Jeremaih Wright, to William Ayers. Now the paper is back for a repeat performance. The article in today's paper describes Khalidi as a "passionate defender of Palestinian rights" , quoted him as saying "I didn't endorse killing Israeli solders" and "I am a ferocious critic of Yasser Arafat". The New York Times also derides the view that he had close ties to the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO).
Taking the last point, first. He did have close ties to the PLO. According to CampusWatch:
The Times portrays Rashid Kahildi as just a passionate defender of Palestinian rights who did not endorse the killing of Israeli soldiers.
That is not true.
In a speech given to the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Khalidi said that "[k]illing civilians is a war crime. It's a violation of international law. They are not soldiers. They're civilians, they're unarmed. The ones who are armed, the ones who are soldiers, the ones who are in occupation, that's different. That's resistance." This certainly strongly implies that he does endorse the killing of Israeli soldiers, no? The New York Sun argued that was precisely the meaning in this editorial
Khalidi also beleives that all of Israel - even pre-1967 Israel - is occupied Palestinian territory which would seem to deny the Israelis all rights to a nation with any kind of realistic, defensible borders (that goes beyond defending "Palestinian rights").
He has called Israel an "apartheid system" and is fiercely critical of the so-called Israel Lobby and any think-tanks that he considers too pro-Israel (even if they employ Arab and Arab-American scholars).
Actually, he considers Israel as acting in a such a away that is worse than apartheid (Jennifer Rubin continues her superb reporting on Obama and found a 2007 video of a Khalidi lecture where that statement is made.) In that same lecture, Khalidi castigates American Jews and their influence in America that, in Rubin's words:
"[H]is description of American Jews who control the money and votes to manipulate Congress sounds an awful lot like Mearsheimer and Walt's "The Israeli Lobby." Or General Tony McPeak for that matter".
I would add to Rubin's comments that Obama's foreign policy gurus Zbigniew Brzezinski, Samantha Power, and Daniel Kurtzer have also expressed sentiments against American Jews who engage in their constitutionally protected right to have a voice in foreign policy discussions.
One can also add prominent Barack Obama supporter George Soros and on again, off again foreign policy "pal" Robert Malley who share disparaging and unpleasant views about the putative Israel Lobby.
Finally - and just to be brief because the infamies heaped upon Israel by Rashid Khalidi are too numerous to list - is Khalidi's claim that he was a "fierce critic of Yasser Arafat" which the Times uncritically accepts. Most readers would consider a fierce critic of a vicious and unrepetant terrorist as admirable. However, the devil (literally) is in the details. Was Khalidfi critical of Arafat's terrorism? His serial lying? His authority being used to indoctrinate young children to hate Jews? No.
Khalidi was a critic of Arafat in one area and one area only: his governing style when he was in control of the West Bank and Gaza. No condemnation of Arafat's support for terrorism and the teaching of hate, or his serial lies and breaking of commitments. None.
The Times - in the tank for both Barack Obama and apologists of terror.
See also this outline of the ties between Barack Obama and Rashid Khalidi.Note: Postings in "Campus Watch in the Media" do not necessarily reflect the views of Campus Watch.
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