Middle East studies in the News
Congratulations, Rashid Khalidi!
by Eric Trager
It's probably a bit early for announcing superlatives for the current fighting in Gaza. But, after reading Columbia University Professor Rashid Khalidi's op-ed in today's New York Times, I had that feeling that major-league scouts probably get when they find a high school pitcher who can throw 95 miles per-hour–I knew I'd found a winner. So, without further ado, I hereby congratulate Dr. Khalidi for producing the Worst Op-Ed for the 2008-2009 Gaza War.
Khalidi's triumph of blather starts by informing readers that, "Nearly everything you've been led to believe about Gaza is wrong," and concludes with, "This war on the people of Gaza isn't really about rockets." In between, Khalidi provides brief quasi-definitions for a few "essential points":
It's actually hard to single out the least scholarly feature in Khalidi's piece. Is it the op-ed's bizarrely disjointed flow? Is it Khalidi's apparent belief that just about everything and anyone–including Palestinians themselves–can be defined in terms of Israeli evil? Is it Khalidi's assertion that Israel ended the ceasefire in early November, which flies in the face of Hamas's own December 18th declaration that the ceasefire had expired? Or is it Khalidi's typically conspiratorial tone, which is deployed here to insinuate that the press has withheld key facts–such as who the Gazans are–on behalf of Israel?
Talk about an idiot wind! Indeed, the piece is so poorly constructed and grossly one-sided that one has to ask: Rashid, did you actually write this, or did you simply submit the glossary from your PLO spokesperson textbook?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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