Campus Watch in the Media
Khalidi Advances Falsehoods in Appeal for Gaza Flotilla Funding
by Winfield Myers
Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University, has signed an appeal for funds to outfit a ship -- to be named The Audacity of Hope after Barack Obama's second book -- that will challenge the Israeli blockade of Gaza in September or October, according to a report by Robert Mackey at the New York Times.
The appeal is posted at the site UStoGaza.ORG, which says the ship will sail from the US to the Eastern Mediterranean, where it will join ships from "Europe, Canada, India, South Africa and parts of the Middle East." The appeal employs the word "we" when speaking of the upcoming trip, which gives the impression that the signatories intend to be aboard.
The site's opening paragraph is laden with falsehoods of commission and omission:
Somehow, UStoGaza omitted reference to well publicized video, which shows Israeli commandos being brutally attacked by those on board.
Mackey's brief report notes the Khalidi-Obama connection, about which CW examined closely during the 2008 presidential campaign:
Khalidi served as a spokesman for the Palestinian Liberation Organization while it was listed as a terrorist organization by the US State Department.Note: Postings in "Campus Watch in the Media" do not necessarily reflect the views of Campus Watch.
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