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They keep missing things that might really matter, as The POH Diaries notes
The Gateway Pundit has the scoop on the LA Times reluctance in 2008 to post a video of then candidate Obama toasting Rashid Khalidi at an Israel bashing hate fest in 2005. Andy McCarthy also wrote about this event in July of last year while reporting about Khalidi’s flotilla escapades.This is from the New York Sun via Gateway Pundit:
In bringing professor Khalidi to Morningside Heights from the University of Chicago, Columbia also got itself a twofer of Palestinian activism and advocacy. Mr. Khalidi’s wife, Mona, who also served in Beirut as chief editor of the English section of the WAFA press agency, was hired as dean of foreign students at Columbia’s SIPA, working under Dean Anderson. In Chicago, the Khalidis founded the Arab American Action Network, and Mona Khalidi served as its president. A big farewell dinner was held in their honor by AAAN with a commemorative book filled with testimonials from their friends and political allies. These included the left wing anti-war group Not In My Name, the Electronic Intifada, and the ex-Weatherman domestic terrorists Bernadine Dohrn and Bill Ayers. (There were also testimonials from then-state Senator Barack Obama and the mayor of Chicago.)
So, what was so troubling about Obama’s attendance of this function?Why should we worry that he is pals with Khalidi ? Let’s take a look at what Andrew McCarthy found
President Obama’s good friend, former PLO mouthpiece Rashid Khalidi, is back in the news. He has signed an appeal for funds to outfit another ship that, like the “peace flotilla,” would try to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza, the territory controlled by Hamas — the foreign terrorist organization that is the Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestinian arm.
The ship would be called — wait for it — The Audacity of Hope. Campus Watch has the story, here.
Ah yes, another “peace flotilla”, another attempt to prevent Israel from controlling what gets into Gaza. Israel has a blockade because it does not want, for some crazy reason, arms to be shipped into Gaza, which is governed by Hamas, a terrorist organization sworn to destroy Israel. Israel allows humanitarian supplies into Gaza, but has its policy to prevent weapons that Hamas will use to attack Israel. These “peace” flotillas, are a scam, meant to provoke Israel, and to make Israel look as if it is denying humanitarian aid to the Palestinians.
Recall the flotilla last year, which attempted to ignore warnings from the Israeli Navy? The flotilla was stopped, and the Israeli troops that went on board were brutally attacked.
An IDF video clearly documents brutal attacks with metal clubs by the flotilla’s Muslim radicals on Israeli Navy commandos. The video shows that the “peace activists” were trained in terrorism and tried to kill the soldiers before Navy officers issued an “open fire” order.
The demonstrators had clearly prepared their weapons in advance for this specific purpose,” IDF spokesmen said.
The attackers assaulted the commandos as they descended on deck by rope from helicopters hovering above the flotilla. The Navy soldiers were virtually defenseless because of their orders as the attackers beat them with metal clubs and knives and fired at them with two pistols that had been snatched from the commandos.
The soldiers were under orders not to shoot, but the “open fire” command was given after stun grenades failed to disperse the attackers. Nine people were killed, most of them from Turkey, where the radical IHH group organized the flotilla.
Naturally, the Left blamed Israel for the “massacre”. You see the Left defines Israeli troops defending their lives when they are attacked by terrorists as a massacre.
Now, look at the appeal for funds Khalidi signed
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.
See, it notes the “massacre” and repeats the lies that Israel is banning legitimate aid supplies from entering Gaza, which, according to these Leftists, is just an open air prison. I am stunned they did not throw out the Concentration Camp Card.
Now, why should Obama’s relationship with Khalidi concern us? I think that is pretty easy to see, especially when you consider Obama’s recent demand that Israel return to its 1967 borders, which Israel says are indefensible.