Campus Watch in the Media
Cinnamon Stillwell: Rashid Khalidi, Campus Watch & Middle East Studies
December 8, 2008
Rashid Khalidi: Propagandist and Presidential Compadre
Cinnamon Stillwell has a nice profile piece on Columbia's resident propagandist and ex-PLO spokesman that includes a little shout out to this blog: Rashid Khalidi, Campus Watch & Middle East Studies
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...In Khalidi's opinion, even justifiable Western intervention must be opposed, while all misdeeds on the part of Arab leadership must be whitewashed. Despite the fact that he is a specialist in Palestinian history, Khalidi fails to address the internecine Palestinian conflict between Hamas and Fatah; doing so would break his relentless focus on Israel and the U.S. as the sources of all that ails the Middle East. When cornered on the subject, Khalidi unsurprisingly blames the West.
To push this false narrative, Khalidi has at times erred grievously. "Solomonia" blogger Martin Solomon pointed to a 2006 appearance on PBS's "NewsHour with Margaret Warner" in which Khalidi claimed that neither Hezbollah nor Hamas is a "direct threat to the United States." He tried to explain away Hezbollah's 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, which killed 241 American military personnel, claiming that U.S. peacekeeping forces were an invading army that could be opposed justifiably.
Khalidi also claimed that, "Hamas, as far as I know, and as far as I've seen, has never attacked America, the United States, or Americans." In fact, as Solomon noted, there have been scores of American victims of Palestinian terrorism, both before and after the founding of Hamas, evidenced by numerous lawsuits stemming from such incidents...
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