Middle East studies in the News
Will Holder Investigate Obama Pal for Providing Material Support to Hamas? [on Rashid Khalidi]
by Ed Lasky
Jonathan Schanzer writes a very good , brief article in the Weekly Standard regarding efforts by some Americans -- including Barack Obama's old friend, Rashid Khalidi -- to send a ship to break the blockade of Hamas-controlled Gaza. This is a blockade designed by Israel to prevent Hamas from continuing its terrorism against Israel. He quotes Andy McCarthy, who had previously asked the same question, and focuses on one point in particular raised by McCarthy:
Left unsaid by Mr. Schanzer is that the Justice Department has become highly politicized; that the administration is allergic to raising the specter that there are people in America who sympathize and support Islamic terrorism. Will Attorney General Eric Holder investigate this ploy and the role that Rashid Khalidi - a long-time anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian activist with a checkered past - is playing on providing this support? After all, at a going away party for Khalidi held a few years before Barack Obama became President, Obama lauded the efforts of his friend in educating him about the Middle East (see "Allies of Palestinians see a Friend in Barack Obama ).
Will Holder investigate this effort to help Hamas? Will he implicate Barack Obama's friend? This is one area where I have no hope.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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