Middle East studies in the News
Obama's Personal Gaza Ship Problem [incl. Rashid Khalidi]
by Keith Koffler
Early this fall, Palestinian activists plan to try to run another ship through the Israeli Gaza blockade. This time for Obama, it's personal.
In a move that must be giving Obama's political team dyspepsia about Florida, Ohio, New Jersey and other potential battleground states where Jewish voters might make the difference, the Palestinians have decided to call the boat: "THE AUDACITY OF HOPE."
That's right, "The Audacity of Hope." And contributing yo the fundraising effort is none other than Obama pal – probably Once and Future Pal, since hanging with him currently is bad political form – Rashid Khalidi.
Here's a take on their relationship from an April 10, 2008 piece in the Los Angeles Times.
Rashidi, in an interview with the Israeli newspaper Haaretz the other day, said he will raise money to buy the ship and suggested its name and provenance will offer it protection.
"Given the national-religious hierarchy which determines what the IDF can do to whom, the fact that the ship is American will make it harder to deal with it as the Mavi Marmara was dealt with."
Can you imagine Israelis commandos storming "The Audacity of Hope?" And when does the good ship "Dreams from My Father" sail?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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