Saturday, July 24, 2010

Rashid Khalidi

Then (in 1998):
"Rashid Khalidi on Benjamin Netanyahu: Drive a Stake through Him like a Vampire"

And in recent news:

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:

This is an important moment in history. In the aftermath of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla massacre and increased world-wide scrutiny of Israel's blockade of Gaza, the Israeli government has mounted a huge public relations campaign spreading the lie that by letting a few more items into Gaza the blockade has been lifted. This is not the reality. Gaza is still under siege, vital building materials and other supplies are banned, exports of goods from Gaza are denied and neither ships nor people can travel without permission from Israel, permission which Israel will not give. Gaza is essentially an open-air prison under a U.S.-backed Israeli blockade.


At 7:58 PM EDT, Blogger EscapeVelocity said...

I thought you might find this amusing. Jewish humor.

At 9:47 PM EDT, Blogger The Contentious Centrist said...

Israeli humour. I'm familiar with Latma.

At 1:48 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meh! Big deal! Rashid Khalidi's one of the good guys.

At 11:14 AM EDT, Blogger SnoopyTheGoon said...

The frequency of tsunami occurrences in Mediterranean is on the rise...


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