I have been hearing rumors about some story connecting Barack Obama and Rashid Khalidi. I decided to find out a little more about this person.
The first item I found was this story about McCain funded Rashid Khalidi. I found a similar item on Huffington Post, McCain Funded Work Of Palestinian His Campaign Hopes To Tie To Obama.
To find out a little more about who Rashid Khalidi is, I read this transcript of Professor Rashid Khalidi interviewed by Joe Scarborough circa 2003. Amazingly, the link to this interview is on the Daniel Pipes web site. Daniel Pipes is the antagonist of Khalidi in the interview. If Pipes thinks this interview is a good argument against Khalidi, then he really is living in a cocoon of his own making.
Another anti-Khalidi web site led to this item where Jordan Elgrably Interviews Rashid Khalidi. According to this website, “Jordan Elgrably, an Arab Jew, is a writer and an activist who founded the Sephardi/Mizrahi organization Ivri-NASAWI in 1996, and Open Tent Middle East Coalition in 1998.”
For those among my family and friends who grew up with yearly Passover Seders that ended with the phrase, “Next year in Jerusalem”, what Rashid Khalidi says may be hard to take. However, if we are able to step outside our own milieu and try to see Palestinians as the human beings that they are, then nothing that Khalidi says in the above items is shocking or unreasonable.
Khalidi says several times in these interviews that attacks on civilians are war crimes no matter who commits them. This applies to suicide bombers as well as some people on the Israeli side. It seems that his antagonists cannot hear what he is saying. I know some people who will read this and will also not be able to hear what is being said.
It is truly hard to sit down with your adversaries and try to understand where they are coming from. Frequently the way they tell you what they think is not couched in the best ways to get you to listen. That is not an excuse for actively filtering out the message.
Despite what your adversaries say and do, it is still in your own best interests to understand them and their motivations.
I suppose that advice applies to me and understanding many Republicans, but there is a limit to even my open mind 🙂
On October 30, 2008, Huffington Post brought the following Washington Post editorial to my attention: An ‘Idiot Wind’ John McCain’s latest attempt to link Barack Obama to extremism.
This editorial also fills in some of the details of the story of Rashid Khalidi’s relation to Barack Obama..