Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for SFGate.com (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at CinnamonStillwell.com.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Obama's Middle East Studies Mentors

My latest Campus Watch column, which is posted today at The American Thinker, takes a look at Columbia professor Rashid Khalidi and his relationship with presidential hopeful Barack Obama:
When voters go to the polls on November 4th, they will choose not only a new presidential administration, but also the candidate's circles of influence. In the case of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, this includes Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said professor of Arab studies and director of the Middle East Institute of Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.

Much of the scrutiny surrounding Obama's long list of objectionable and radical alliances has focused on Khalidi, and with good reason. Despite Khalidi's claims to the contrary, facts indicate that he was a spokesman for the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) during the late 1970s and early 1980s, when it was listed as a terrorist organization by the State Department.
Continue reading "Obama's Middle East Studies Mentors"

Update: Martin Kramer has updated his Khalidi/PLO post several times. Click here for the latest. On a related note, here's (oddly enough, considering the Obama/Khalidi tape controversy) his praise for the Los Angeles Times.

Update II: Former Khalidi student Barry Weiss has some interesting insights at the Wall Street Journal.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The desperate flailing is now just sad. Only the wingnuts are buying this crap.

Say it with me: "President Obama"


While McCain served as chairman of the International Republican Institute (a position he still holds), the IRI provided "$448,873 in 1998" to the Center for Palestine Research and Studies, which Khalidi co-founded.

AND

Marty Peretz, editor-in-chief of The New Republic and a longtime strong supporter of Israel, defended Khalidi this week.

"I assume that my Zionist credentials are not in dispute," Peretz writes. "And I have written more appreciative words about Khalidi than Obama ever uttered. In fact, I even invited Khalidi to speak for a Jewish organization with which I work. Moreover, the Israelis are trying to live cooperatively and in peace with Palestinians whose unrelenting positions make Khalidi almost appear like a Zionist."

Ron Kampeas of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency has a supportive take as well.

Sunday, November 02, 2008 10:58:00 AM  

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