Campus Watch in the Media
Obama Pal Rashid Khalidi Back in the News for Aiding Hamas
by Andy McCarthy
President Obama's good friend, former PLO mouthpiece Rashid Khalidi, is back in the news. He has signed an appeal for funds to outfit another ship that, like the "peace flotilla," would try to break Israel's blockade of Gaza, the territory controlled by Hamas — the foreign terrorist organization that is the Muslim Brotherhood's Palestinian arm.
The ship would be called — wait for it — The Audacity of Hope. Campus Watch has the story, here.
As I detailed in NRO on the eve of the 2008 presidential election, the Los Angeles Times has had in its possession, but has suppressed from the public, a videotape of Khalidi's 2003 going-away bash, when he left the University of Chicago to become the Edward Said Professor of Arabic Studies at Columbia. Then state Sen. Barack Obama gave a glowing tribute. Here is some of what the LA Times reported:
As the report gingerly relates, the Khalidi bash was one such event. As the report does not relate, Obama and Khalidi's mutual friends, the former Weather Underground terrorists turned professors Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, were also reportedly in attendance. (When Obama and Ayers teamed up to dole out money at the Leftist Woods Fund, a $75,000 grant was given to the Arab American Action Network (AAAN) founded by Khalidi and his wife, Mona. Mona Khalidi has also signed the appeal for money to support The Audacity of Hope voyage. The AAAN regards Israel as illegitimate and has sought to justify Palestinian terrorism.) As I mentioned in the 2008 column, the Weathermen's 1974 manifesto, Prairie Fire, is rabidly anti-Israel and demands that the U.S. get out of the Middle East, etc.
The United States has neutrality laws against things like fitting, furnishing or arming vessels with the intent of committing hostile acts against a country with which the U.S. is at peace. (Challenging a blockade is a hostile act.) We also have laws against providing material support to terrorist organizations like Hamas. Will the Obama Justice Department pursue an investigation of Khalidi?Note: Postings in "Campus Watch in the Media" do not necessarily reflect the views of Campus Watch.
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