Middle East studies in the News
McCain Spokesman Cites Obama Anti-Semitism Connection [incl. Rashid Khalidi]
by Gil Ronen
(IsraelNN.com) Mike Goldfarb, national spokesman for Sen. John McCain's campaign, said this weekend on CNN that "Barack Obama has a long track record of being around anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and anti-American rhetoric." However, when pressed by the anchorman to name names, he maintained silence.
With just three days to go until the presidential elections, the Los Angeles Times is standing fast in its refusal to show publicly a tape which it says it possesses, of a fete in honor of "Palestinian-American" academician Rashid Khalidi. Sen. Obama has said that Khalidi is a personal friend who has often dined with him at his home. The fete for Khalidi reportedly included some speeches which were stridently anti-Israel, but the Times refuses to make public its tape of the event, which included an address by Obama.
The LA Times said that the paper "would have preferred to be able to post the video but could not get the source to agree." An editor at the paper explained: "If we had not reached this agreement, we would not have had access to this tape at all. Then no one would ever have known Obama attended this event and spoke at it. We were pushing to say the most we could and to present the most we could to readers about what happened."
'Obama sat there'The LA Times continues to come under fire from conservative commentators for its decision not to release the tape. Writing in the National Review Online, Andrew McCarthy explained:
"The full story couldn't be more relevant. Barack Obama says he is a staunch supporter of Israel. The importance of the Khalidi festivities isn't simply that Obama lavished praise on a man who was an Arafat apologist — although that is troubling in itself. What also matters is that many speakers (no doubt including Obama's good friend Khalidi himself) said extremely provocative things about Israel and American policy."
"While that went on," according to McCarthy, "Obama apparently sat there in tacit acceptance, if not approval. He didn't get up to leave. He wasn't roused to a defense of his country. He didn't deliver a spirited condemnation of Islamic terror. He just sat there. And when it came his turn to speak, he spoke … glowingly … about Khalidi. He was clearly comfortable around the agitators and, equally crucial, they were clearly comfortable spewing their bile in front of him — confident that they were certainly not giving offense." %ad%
"Why would the Times think it's not newsworthy to tell us in detail what Obama sat through and chose not to refute?", McCarthy asks. "He says he supports Israel, but shouldn't we get a peek at what he actually does when Israel is under attack. After all, he wants to be in charge and soon the attacks may be more than just verbal."
He adds: "All of that could be made known by the publication of a transcript, without breaching any purported promise to the purported source."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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