The Dartmouth Observer
Monday, January 05, 2004
Kramer on Khalidi
Rashidi Khalidi, the Edward Said Chair in Arab Studies at Columbia, said in Arabic on al-Jazeera recently:
By God, I say that the participation of the sons or daughters of the Arabs in the plans and affairs of this institute is a huge error, this Israeli institute in Washington, an institute founded by AIPAC, the Zionist lobby, and that hosts tens of Israelis every year. The presence of an Arab or two each year can't disguise the nature of this institute as the most important center of Zionist interests in Washington for at least a decade. I very much regret the participation of Arab officials and non-officials and academics in the activities of this institute, because in fact if you look at the output of this institute, it's directed against the Palestinians, against the Arabs, and against the Muslims in general. Its products describe the Palestinians as terrorists, and in fact its basic function is to spread lies and falsehoods about the Arab world, of course under an academic, scholarly veneer. Basically, this is the most important Zionist propaganda tool in the United States.
To which Martin Kramer has (as usual) a cogent, intelligent response. He even writes "I have never called him an apologist for terrorism, and I respect some of his historical scholarship." You won't find such moderation from Khalidi and his ilk.