Campus Watch in the Media
Rashid Khalidi Appeals for Funds for Ship to Run Israeli Blockade of Gaza
David Horowitz Freedom Center
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 Lede, a blog of the New York Times. His wife Mona is also a signatory.
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 this video, which shows Israeli commandos being brutally attacked by those on board.
It notes the amount of money needed and the size of the ship:
Mackey's brief report notes the Khalidi-Obama connection, about which CW examined closely during the 2008 presidential campaign:
The real audacity this round is for Khalidi, who served as a spokesman for the PLO while it was listed as a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department, to engage in this kind of agitprop. Audacious, but hardly surprising for a man with a long history of substituting anti-American and anti-Israel propaganda for scholarship and teaching, as CW hasdemonstrated conclusively. (Links between McCain and Khalidi were questioned by the foundation that awarded the grant.)
Twenty-four years ago, Daniel Pipes wrote in a review of Khalidi's book, Under Siege: PLO Decisionmaking During the 1982 War, that "It is hard not to suspect the objectivity of a book on the Palestine Liberation Organization that starts by thanking PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat and is dedicated to those killed in 1982 'in defense of the cause of Palestine.'" In the book's introduction, Pipes noted that Khalidi expressed his "deep thanks" to Arafat and his minions, who "extended every possible assistance to me on three trips to Tunis," then home to the PLO.
Viewed in this light, Khalidi's career reveals a man with a disturbing consistency as an apologist for terrorist organizations. Whether shilling for the PLO under Yasser Arafat or blockade-running for Hamas, which rules Gaza, Khalidi consistently sides with civilization's enemies.
Rashid Khalidi: from PR hack to pirate.
Glenn Kessler of the Checkpoint Washington blog at the Washington Post emailed Khalidi to ask if he thought naming the ship The Audacity of Hope could be embarrassing to the president. Khalidi wrote back, according to Kessler, "that he was not aware the boat would be named after Obama's book when he agreed to add his name to the list of sponsors."
Kessler goes on to report that Khalidi replied:
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