Middle East studies in the News
Rashid Khalidi Uses Bogus Quote in New York Times Op-Ed
by Ricki Hollander and Alex Safian
Rashid Khalidi, a well-known propagandist and a former PLO spokesman – a fact that the New York Times neglects to mention in its author blurb – presents a list of anti-Israel canards in a January 8, 2009 Op-Ed, entitled "What You Don't Know About Gaza." Most egregious is a falsified quote that ends the column. He writes:
Khalidi uses the same fabricated quote in his book Resurrecting Empire, citing in the footnote an interview with Ari Shavit in Haaretz Magazine, August 30, 2002, as quoted in Arnaud de Borchegrave, "Road Map or Road Rage?" Washington Times, May 28, 2003.
But, in fact, Ya'alon said no such thing in the Shavit interview. On the contrary. He said that Palestinian Arabs must understand that terrorism would not make Israelis into a defeated people. (Click here for the full interview: Part I and Part II )
Below is Shavit's question and Ya'alon's answer:
Ya'alon repeated in the same interview:
Thus Khalidi reverses the truth with the help of the New York Times.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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