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Obama's Deep Ties to Former Terrorist Rashid Khalidi
May 31, 2008


Articles:

History as Propaganda
By Brendan Goldman
February 11, 2010

Sweeping Khalidi Under Obama's Rug
By Martin Kramer
June 13, 2009

The Professor's Paranoia
By Jonathan Schanzer
April 20, 2009

Khalidi's Fear
By Mary Madigan
February 17, 2009

Rashid Khalidi Gets Caught in a Lie
By Cinnamon Stillwell
February 5, 2009

Gaza Errors (or Lies)
By Martin Kramer
January 29, 2009

Anti-Israel Professor Claims Access to Obama
By Aaron Klein
January 19, 2009

Shrinking Gaza
By Martin Kramer
January 12, 2009

Rashid Khalidi Uses Bogus Quote in New York Times Op-Ed
By Ricki Hollander and Alex Safian, PhD
January 8, 2009

Khalidi: Former PLO Official
By Martin Kramer
December 3, 2008

Tales from the Inside...The Real Problem with Obama's Khalidi
By Gerald A. Honigman
November 12, 2008

Settlers from Brooklyn
By Martin Kramer
November 5, 2008

In Obama’s Hyde Park, It’s All in the Family
By Andrew C. McCarthy & Claudia Rosett
November 3, 2008

Are Obama's Friends Fair Game?
By Bari Weiss
November 3, 2008

Barack Obama's Socialist Agenda
By Daily Herald Editorial
November 2, 2008

Obama's Middle East Studies Mentors
By Cinnamon Stillwell
November 2, 2008

Inside Higher Ed Goes Cherry-picking for Rashid Khalidi
By Winfield Myers
October 31, 2008

A Conciliatory Scandal and the Public's Right to Know
By William Hallowell
October 31, 2008

Khalidi and Obama: Kindred Spirits
By Martin Kramer
October 30, 2008

Khalidi of the PLO
By Martin Kramer
October 30, 2008

The Los Angeles Times's Strange Notion of Journalistic Ethics
By Andrew C. McCarthy
October 30, 2008

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?
By James Taranto
October 30, 2008

Rashid Khalidi Referred to Arafat’s PLO as ‘We’
By Patrick Goodenough
October 29, 2008

LA Times, Lies about Khalid-Obama Affair, Then Engages in a Coverup
By William Mayer
October 29, 2008

Radical Islamist Views Catching Up with Obama
By Beila Rabinowitz and William Mayer
October 29, 2008

The Middle East: Primer for a New President
By Martin Kramer
October 28, 2008

Rashid Khalidi
By Michael Rubin
October 28, 2008

Denial Runs through American Jewry
By Mona Charen
October 28, 2008

Rashid Khalidi Is another Barack Obama Scary Friend
By Mark Whittington
October 28, 2008

Rashid Khalidi Photo: Another Questionable Barack Obama Friendship
By Jim Brogan
October 28, 2008

LA Times Refuses to Release Tape of Obama Praising Controversial Activist
By FoxNews.com
October 28, 2008

L.A. Times Suppresses Damaging Obama Videotape
By Jim Meyers
October 28, 2008

Suppressed Tape
By Greg Pierce
October 28, 2008

The L.A. Times Suppresses Obama’s Khalidi Bash Tape
By Andrew C. McCarthy
October 27, 2008

No Friend of Israel
By Investor's Business Daily
October 27, 2008

Barack Obama’s Anti-Israel Alliances
By Rachel Neuwirth
October 24, 2008

Rashid Khalidi (Obama's Pal)
By Martin Kramer
October 20, 2008

What if McCain Had Been Palling Around with a Terrorist?
By Diana West
October 16, 2008

All the One's Men
By Amil Imani
October 16, 2008

Obama Should Distance Himself from Hollywood Hatemongers
By James Hirsen
October 14, 2008

The Jihadist Vote
By Frank Gaffney
October 14, 2008

McCain Keeps Missing the Ball
By JR Dieckmann
October 14, 2008

Obama & McCain's Two World Views
By Joseph Puder
October 14, 2008

Obama's Three Strikes
By J.R. Dunn
October 13, 2008

Forget Bill Ayers - Here Are Over a Dozen More Virulently Anti-American Obama Friends
By Doug Edelman
October 13, 2008

Obama Didn't Write 'Dreams from My Father'
By Jack Cashill
October 13, 2008

Obama's Associations Matter, Despite McCain's Failure to Explain Why
By Mark R. Levin
October 13, 2008

Obama's "Radicalism" a Growing Chasm on Road to Victory
By Diana West
October 9, 2008

Why Won't Obama Talk about Columbia?
By Andrew C. McCarthy
October 7, 2008

Characters Count
By Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.
October 7, 2008

'The Heels Are On, the Gloves Are Off'
By Connie Hair
October 6, 2008

Barack Obama's Cop-Killer Supporters
By Jim Kouri
October 5, 2008

The Audacity of Tenure
By Malcolm A. Kline
October 2, 2008

Barack Obama's Islamist Ties to Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said and Ali Abunimah
By Militant Islam Monitor
September 10, 2008

Who Is Rita Hauser?: Arafat-Gushing, Israel-Hating Jew is 1/3 of Trio on Team Obama GOP
By Debbie Schlussel
August 13, 2008

Rashid Khalidi [a Profile]
By BarackBook.com
August 4, 2008

Obama, The Reborn Zionist?
By Dr. Jay and Mr. Nathan Lerman
July 24, 2008

Arab Obama and His Arab Friends
By Linda Cowan
July 24, 2008

Barack Obama: A Radical Leftist's Journey from Community Organizing to Politics (pdf)
By Elias Crim and Matthew Vadum
June 2008

Obama's Good Friend Rashid Khalidi
By Rick Moran
May 23, 2008

Take a Look Around
By Sabrina Leigh Schaeffer
May 22, 2008

Are Obama's View on Israel Informed by Radical Palestinian Activist?
By Richard Baehr
May 19, 2008

Obama Hijacked Phrase from Pro-Palestinian Friend?
By Aaron Klein
May 18, 2008

Stop Believing Obama
By Philip Klein
May 12, 2008

Rev. Wright's Middle East Views
By Ed Lasky
April 30, 2008

Questions about Character Are Only Appropriate if They Are Directed at GOPers
By Jack Kelly
April 24, 2008

Are Columbia's Palestinians... Palestinian?
By Martin Kramer
April 22, 2008

Allies of Palestinians See an Ally in Obama
By Peter Wallsten
April 10, 2008

The Wright Foreign Policy
By Stanley Kurtz
March 19, 2008

Obama Worked with Terrorist
By Aaron Klein
February 24, 2008

Rashid Khalidi, Campus Watch & Middle East Studies
By Cinnamon Stillwell
Winter 2008

Rashid Khalidi: Gaza Blame-thrower
By Martin Kramer
June 16, 2007

Apologists [on Columbia's Rashid Khalidi]
By Marty Peretz
June 16, 2007

Complex Thought and the Middle East
By Marc Arkovitz
March 19, 2007

Can Middle East Studies Regain Credibility?
By Winfield Myers
January 18, 2007

Palestinian History: Create It, If You Can't Remember It
By Rachel Neuwirth
October 21, 2006

The State of Scholarship at Columbia
By Rick Richman
October 18, 2006

Case of the Missing Stiglitz
By Martin Kramer
October 16, 2006

Columbia Watch: Rashid Khalidi
By Martin Solomon
August 23, 2006

Khalidi File at Princeton
By Martin Kramer
May 3, 2006

Khalidi is Sole Candidate for History Position
By Chanakya Sethi
December 1, 2005

Khalidi Gets Second Shot at Princeton
By Jacob Gershman
November 30, 2005

Philistine at Columbia
By Martin Kramer
November 9, 2005

Khalidi's Absurd Claim that College Faculties Are Not Liberal
By Martin Kramer
November 7, 2005

Unreal Rashid
By Martin Kramer
November 7, 2005

New Challenge to Columbia and to Chomsky, Finkelstein, and Cockburn
By Alan Dershowitz
July 13, 2005

Academic Standards, R.I.P.
By Michael Rubin
June 14, 2005

Rashid Khalidi: Plagiarist?
By Lee Kaplan
June 9, 2005

Professor Rashid Khalidi, "A Palestinian Who Wouldn't Harm the Cause"
By CAMERA
March 12, 2005

Khalidi Is Tapped to Teach Teachers About Middle East
By Julia Levy
February 15, 2005

Mideast Parley Takes Ugly Turn at Columbia U. 
By Sol Stern and Fred Siegel
February 4, 2005

Partisan Professor
By Greg Yardley
October 3, 2003

Mis-Reporting Palestinian Fatalities
By Tamar Sternthal
July 8, 2003

Columbia U's Radical Mideast Faculty
By Alyssa A. Lappen and Jonathan Calt Harris
March 18, 2003

Rashid Khalidi: Anti-Israel Professor
By Israel Academia Monitor


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  • Professor of Middle East Studies at Columbia University
  • Former PLO operative
  • Has justified as legitimate Palestinian “resistance” that results in death of armed Israelis
  • Rejects the possibility of a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict 


Rashid Khalidi is the Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University, and Director of the Middle East Institute (MEI) at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. In his role as MEI Director, Khalidi presides over a $300,000 annual grant from the federal government. He ranks among the most prominent members of the Middle Eastern studies community in the United States. His books are among the most frequently assigned works on the Middle East in American college syllabi. Arab and American media outlets alike seek him out regularly as a leading authority on the Middle East.

Khalidi is also a Board of Trustees member of the non-governmental organization MIFTAH; a notable fellow Board member is Khalil Jahshan, President of the Washington, DC-based National Association of the Arab Americans.

Khalidi was born in New York in 1950, the son of a Palestinian father and a Lebanese mother. He earned a B.A. from Yale University in 1970 and a Ph.D. from Oxford in 1974. During the Seventies, Khalidi taught for a brief time at a university in Beirut, where he often spoke to reporters on behalf of Yasser Arafat’s Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). Prior to joining the Columbia faculty, Khalidi was a professor at the University of Chicago, where he served as Director of both the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Center for International Studies.

Khalidi has long cited the late Edward Said as his major academic influence. Following the latter’s death in 2003, Khalidi penned an obituary that valorized Said for “giving a voice to the voiceless” via his “eloquent espousal of the cause of Palestine.” In this context, Khalidi likened Said to another of his idols, Noam Chomsky:

“Like Noam Chomsky and very few others, he [Said] managed not only to reshape his own field of scholarly endeavor, but to transcend it, influencing other fields and disciplines, and going well beyond the narrow boundaries of the American academy to become a true public intellectual, and a passionate voice for humanistic values and justice in an imperfect world.”

As with Said before him, Khalidi’s involvement with the Palestinian cause goes beyond mere support. News reports -- including a 1982 dispatch from Thomas Friedman of the New York Times -- suggest that he once served as Director of the Palestinian press agency, Wikalat al-Anba al-Filastinija. Khalidi’s wife, Mona, was reportedly the agency’s main English-language editor between 1976 and 1982. Khalidi so strongly identified with the aims of the PLO, which was designated as a terrorist group by the State Department during Khalidi’s affiliation with it in the 1980s, that he repeatedly referred to himself as “we” when expounding on the PLO’s agenda. Additional evidence of Khalidi’s intimacy with the PLO can be seen in his involvement with the organization’s so-called “guidance committee” in the early 1990s.

Khalidi’s 1986 book, Under Siege: P.L.O. Decision-Making During the 1982 War, was dedicated to Yasser Arafat. Opening with a glowing tribute to anti-Israel fighters (“to those who gave their lives during the summer of 1982 … in defense of the cause of Palestine and the independence of Lebanon”), the book offered an airbrushed account of PLO-instigated violence against Israelis and Lebanese. By contrast, Syria’s brutal occupation of Lebanon elicited no criticism from the author.

In 1995 Khalidi and his wife founded the Arab American Action Network (AAAN), noted for its view that Israel’s creation in 1948 was a “catastrophe” for Arab people.

In 1998 Khalidi published Palestinian Identity, a book in which he details what he believes are the major trials and indignities endured by Palestinians:

“The quintessential Palestinian experience, which illustrates some of the most basic issues raised by Palestinian identity, takes place at a border, an airport, a checkpoint…. For it is at these borders and barriers that six million Palestinians are singled out for ‘special treatment,’ and [are] forcefully reminded of their identity … [E]very Palestinian is exposed to the possibility of harassment, exclusion, and sometimes worse, simply because of his or her identity.”

Other books penned by Khalidi include: The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood (2007); Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints and Americ’s Perilous Path in the Middle East (2004); and The Origins of Arab Nationalism (1993).

Characterizing Israel as a “racist” state that is “basically an apartheid system in creation,” Khalidi claims that the Israeli army is in possession of “awful weapons of mass destruction (many supplied by the U.S.) that it has used in cities, villages and refugee camps.”

Khalidi formerly expressed some tepid support for the notion of an Israeli state alongside a Palestinian one. In more recent years, however, he has taken to dismissing such a solution as hopelessly unrealizable. At a February 2005 conference at Columbia, titled “One State or Two? Alternative Proposals for the Middle East,” Khalidi agreed with his Columbia colleague, Joseph Massad, in declaring that the two-state solution was an impractical “utopian vision.” Khalidi further assailed Israel’s very legitimacy, proclaiming it to be “a state that exists today at the expense of the Palestinians,” an existence that “fails to meet the most important requirement: justice.”

The February 2005 conference was not the first time that Khalidi had dismissed the possibility of a two-state solution. In March 2004, when Israeli forces assassinated Hamas leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin, Khalidi told Newsweek: “I really think that the killing of this individual may well be the last nail in the coffin of the two-state solution.”

Khalidi deceptively styles himself as a “severe critic of Hamas.” But mere days after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, he rebuked the news media for what he termed their exaggerated “hysteria about suicide bombers.”

During a June 2002 speech before a conference of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Khalidi offered a justification for the murder of armed Israelis:

“Killing civilians is a war crime. It’s a violation of international law. They are not soldiers. They’re civilians, they’re unarmed. The ones who are armed, the ones who are soldiers, the ones who are in occupation, that’s different. That’s resistance.”

Scholarly institutions that do not promote anti-Israel propaganda have incurred Khalidi’s wrath. Appearing on Al-Jazeera TV in 2004, Khalidi took aim at the prominent Middle Eastern Studies think-tank, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP). That the non-partisan center is headed by Dennis Ross (a respected diplomat and a former Middle East envoy in the Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush administrations), and that it regularly hosts speakers from the Middle East who are critical of Israel, did not prevent Khalidi from execrating WINEP as “the most important Zionist propaganda tool in the United States.”

Khalidi strongly opposed the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. In an illuminating polemic which he penned for the January 2003 issue of the far-left journal In These Times, Khalidi, even as he conceded that “international terrorism has been sponsored by Iraq,” dismissed the notion that such an invasion could have any legitimate justification. Instead, he put forward a farrago of theories that he described as the “real reasons” for the impending war:

“First, it will be fought because of an aggressive, ideological vision of America's place in the world, propagated by the neo-conservatives who dominate the commanding heights of the American bureaucracy. Their vision proposes unfettered world hegemony for the United States, to be consecrated by the demonstration of U.S. power crushing a weak Iraq.

“Second, this war will be fought because of an obsession with control of the strategic resources (read: oil) and geography offered by the Middle East, with the view of neutralizing potential challengers to American hegemony in the 21st century [meaning primarily China].”

As Khalidi saw it, the looming war against Iraq was the brainchild of “racist” neo-conservatives who were: (a) doing the bidding of the Israeli Likud party to which they paid an undeclared allegiance; (b) aiming “to make the Middle East safe not for democracy, but for Israeli hegemony”; and (c) acting upon their “racist view that Middle Easterners understand only force.” “For these American Likudniks and their Israeli counterparts,” wrote Khalidi, “sad to say, the tragedy of September 11 was a godsend: It enabled them to draft the United States to help fight Israel’s enemies.”

In March 2008 Khalidi called for the recompense of the Iraqi people for the suffering they had endured at the hands of the U.S. “We owe reparations to the Iraqi people,” he told an audience at Columbia University. Also speaking at that event was the socialist writer Anthony Arnove. Both Khalidi and Arnove called for mass anti-war activism and demanded America’s unilateral withdrawal from Iraq.

Khalidi similarly had opposed the first Gulf War in 1991, when he characterized public support for the U.S.-led defense of Kuwait as an “idiots’ consensus.”

Khalidi is longtime a friend of Barack Obama and Michelle Obama. In the 1990s, Obama and his wife were regular dinner guests at Khalidi’s Chicago home. During the 2000 election cycle, Mr. and Mrs. Khalidi organized a fundraiser for Barack Obama’s unsuccessful congressional bid. In 2001 and again in 2002, the Woods Fund of Chicago, while Mr. Obama served on its board, made grants totaling $75,000 to Khalidi’s Arab American Action Network. In 2003 Obama would attend a farewell party in Khalidi’s honor when the latter was leaving the University of Chicago to embark on his new position at Columbia.

In a 2008 interview, Khalidi praised Obama effusively, stating that, if elected President, Obama would be more understanding of the Palestinian experience than other politicians. “He has family literally all over the world,” Khalidi noted. “I feel a kindred spirit from that.”

Obama is not the only political figure whom Khalidi has supported. In 2003, for instance, the professor contributed $1,000 to Democrat Jesse Jackson, Jr.’s congressional campaign.

Among the donors to Khalidi’s endowed chair at Columbia are: (a) the United Arab Emirates; (b) the Hauser Foundation, a New York charity headed by Rita Hauser, a controversial philanthropist whose onetime law firm -- Stroock, Stroock & Lavan -- was registered with the Department of Justice as an agent for the Palestinian Authority until 2001; and (c) the Olayan Charitable Trust, a New York-based charity with ties to the Olayan America Corporation, an arm of the Saudi organization the Olayan Group.

 

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