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.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Rashid Khalidi, Campus Watch & Middle East Studies

In an article appearing in the Winter 2008 issue of the Jewish Policy Center magazine inFocus, I take a look at the radical past and propagandistic career of Columbia professor Rashid Khalidi. Other examples of Middle East studies academics with radical assocations or sympathies come into play, as well as Campus Watch's role in shedding light on these important issues. Here are the opening paragraphs:
For a brief time during the 2008 presidential campaign, Columbia University's Edward Said professor of Arab studies Rashid Khalidi was the most famous Middle East studies academic in the country. Khalidi's relationship with now president-elect Barack Obama brought him national attention and unprecedented media scrutiny. At the heart of the controversy was Khalidi's role as a spokesman for the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) when he lived in Beirut in the late 1970s and early 1980s. During those years, the PLO was listed by the State Department as a designated foreign terrorist organization.

But this was not the first time that Khalidi's PLO past had come back to haunt him. In 2004, Campus Watch (campus-watch.org), a project of the Middle East Forum, broke the story with a Washington Times article by Asaf Romirowsky and Jonathan Calt Harris titled, "Arafat Minion as Professor." Among other indicators, the authors pointed to a June 9, 1982, Thomas L. Friedman column in the New York Times describing Khalidi as "a director of the Palestinian press agency." Adding further confirmation, Middle East studies historian Martin Kramer, who has written extensively about Khalidi, recently augmented the compendium of attributions linking him to the PLO.

Propaganda As Scholarship

One need only examine Khalidi's history of anti-Israel and anti-American rhetoric to perceive his ideological underpinnings, something that Campus Watch has been doing since its inception in 2002. Given its mission statement of "reviewing and critiquing Middle East studies in North America with an aim to improving them," Campus Watch has consistently pointed to Khalidi as an example of the politicization and apologia that has compromised the field. As far back as 1986, Daniel Pipes, who would go on to found both the Middle East Forum and Campus Watch, reviewed Khalidi's book, Under Siege: P.L.O. Decisionmaking During the 1982 War, and noted its transparent partisanship. As he put it, "Under Siege is propaganda parading as scholarship."
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3 Comments:

Anonymous Ted said...

Despite how the election turned out for those of us who believe in conservative principles, the Constitution and religious freedom, this Thanksgiving Day should remind us of the Christian heritage and political freedom that we have in America.

Our political system was a brilliantly designed by our Founding Fathers to enable Americans to choose their own leaders in a peaceful way. The system outlined in our Constitution was created to give the United States a limited federal government, protect individual rights and to ensure equal justice under the law for all Americans.

The concepts for our Republic were formulated years earlier when the first settlers arrived in the New World to establish Christian-based colonies. The ideas for government outlined in the Constitution came from the Christian view that governments were God-ordained institutions to serve man. Man was not to be a slave to the government. The government was to serve man and to protect his God-given rights.

These concepts were shaped by the Mayflower Compact – which became the first official statement on government in the New World!

Thursday, December 04, 2008 3:51:00 PM  
Blogger Donald Douglas said...

Awesome piece, Cinnamon!

Friday, December 05, 2008 5:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cinammon, since you're so smart about how EVIL Rashid is, give a counter academic source to your claim that "...Said's post-colonialist ideology that has proved so destructive to the cause of true scholarship." If Edward Said been so destructive why not write a piece on what you think is constructive? Let's hear what you think of Said's nuanced work. Perhaps you can illuminate us on all of the academic notions Rashid puts out, or, oh...you can't read. I remember now. You only read Israeli pamphlets and whatever Mr. Pipes emails you. I forgot, so sorry. I doubt you've even read Orientalism, as your whole approach to writing about anti-israeli scholars "orientalizes them", with brash claims and pigeonholing vernacular. You are familiar with Edward Said's work right, because if you are than give your readership an analysis, a counter to his writing.

The only underpinnings of McCarthyesque jabber is your campuswatch writing and Campus Watch as a whole. Everything you accuse others of you are doing yourselves. Do you even have the PHD required to battle Khalidi on his level or are you just commissioned by Daniel Pipes to write something -- anything? Cinnamon Vs. Rashid, you would lose, as your arguments are near slander and considered a joke across the US. You are a joke. Campus Watch is a joke and I look foward to day Daniel Pipes is thrown in jail for hate-speech at which point you'll go running to the middle like the pathetic moron you are.

Monday, December 08, 2008 1:01:00 PM  

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