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McCain Funded Palestinian Professor He Now Ties to Obama

This week the McCain ticket has tried to tenuously connect Barack Obama to Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi, a leading scholar of Middle Eastern studies, who served on the University of Chicago faculty with Obama.

Sarah Palin said yesterday: "This is important because his associate, Rashid Khalidi . . . in addition to being a political ally of Barack Obama, he's a former spokesperson for the Palestinian Liberation Organization." But while Barack Obama was acquainted with Khalidi (who denies ever being the PLO spokesman), John McCain led an organization that gave Khalidi money for research.

While John McCain served as chairman of the International Republican Institute during the 1990s, he oversaw grants to Khalidi's Palestinian research center, including one grant for half a million dollars. To see how McCain is trying to push a one-sided version of the story,

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This week, McCain demanded the LA Times release a videotape of a Khalidi's going-away party attended by Obama in 2003. While the newspaper described the event, saying Khalidi praised Obama, it would not release the tape because it promised the source it would not.

By repeating the dangerous-sounding name "Rashid Khalidi" paired with Barack Obama's, the McCain camp could reinforce voters' unfounded fears that Barack Obama is a friend of terrorists, or that he is Muslim. In fact a new poll shows 23 percent of Texans believe Obama is Muslim. These attempts present another example of how guilt-by-association attacks can be misleading, and hypocritical.

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bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
Yeap, all that Kool-Aid you drinking.
kastarte2 kastarte2 7 years
And they say Obama supporters are blind...
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
FYI: It's well documented about McCain and his ties to Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi. If you want to find it you can or you can continue to be blind. I just find it funny that people hear soundbites or bits and pieces and then formulate their opinions of these politicians. Find your own research and look hard - they all have associates with so so past. I bet you do to. You do not know everything about the people you work with, go to church with, serve with on committees, or parents at your child's school. Sometimes people don't show you all sides of themselves they show you what they want you to see.
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
Rev Wright was in the Navy and even cared for the president after surgery - I know that is so un-American. It amazes me that people who do not like something that the United States does or complain about the government is considered unAmerican. I thought that why were giving Free Speech - so that we can voice our opinions if we wanted to. I guess not when others think you are wrong.
Ginger Ginger 7 years
I simply care that you have some common sense and love this country. I guess you're voting write-in then, since Sarah Palin lives with and supports an anti-american, anti-government secessionist. So obviously John McCain supports and associates with secessionists too. Not to mention that McCain poor judgment in the Keating Five scandal.
kh61582 kh61582 7 years
A lot of you, surprise surprise, are missing the point entirely. Perhaps this story is not a great example assuming that the part about McCain is true, which I'm not going to believe based on this article written by someone who is obviously bias. The facts at the end of the day are still that Barack Obama does associate with terrorists that hate this country and doesn't see anything wrong with it. What's worse is that neither do his supporters which really scares me. Bill Ayers is all you need to know. Wished he'd bombed and killed more Americans, yeah that's a nice patriotic man. Rev Wright said the most hateful comments I have ever heard anyone say about this country and in a church no less. I don't share one single belief with Obama but his associations alone are enough for me to keep my vote as far away from him as possible. Maybe it's just me but I'd like to have a President who likes this country and appreciates it's history. Crazy huh? As far as him being Muslim, even if that were true, I wouldn't object to him for that. I don't care what your religion, or race for that matter, is; I simply care that you have some common sense and love this country. Obama does not have either of those traits.
pixelhaze pixelhaze 7 years
jenintx - that's so funny at a party I was at there was a "republican girls!" group, they had Cindy McCain, Sarah Palin, and a pregnant Bristol Palin! It was hilarious and I almost found myself voting or them for best costume just for including Bristol. Thank goodness I stopped myself and voted for the ghostbusters group. ooh and here's a tidbit for all the Hitler commenters - the pose McCain is doing in this pic, the one associated with the "Heil Hitler," is the way Americans used to pose when they said the pledge of allegiance. They would make this hand motion towards the flag. Because the signal became so iconic of Hitler and Germany, Americans switched to putting their hands over their hearts.
jenintx jenintx 7 years
this is so sad, but i have to share. last night i went to a halloween party and someone dressed as obama entered the costume contest. when the dj called him out, the audience booed and flipped him off and made all kinds of disgusting statements. when the mccain/palin team were announced, they cheered. i immediately wanted to leave. not b/c of the mccain reactions but b/c i was/am so disgusted with the things i witnessed being said about obama. aside from being an obama supporter, i hope he wins just to put the rumors and racists in check. maybe the KKK will defect to some obscure, unknown island and the country will be better off.
siguros siguros 7 years
I LOVE this story.
siguros siguros 7 years
I LOVE this story.
princess_eab princess_eab 7 years
As a Columbia grad student, it's so obvious to me that Columbia/ "scary Arab names" are being used again to inspire vague fear in people. This professor is extremely moderate. He was born in the US and is a US citizen. He is nowhere near the "radical" type profs who have been highlighted in the past. This whole thing is a huge, unsubstantiated smear on a good teacher's name.
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 7 years
"Palestinians are the largest and oldest refugee population on the earth. It's ridiculous that the Western countries facilitated the displacement of an entire culture, many of whom now live as second class citizens in refugee camps with very poor conditions (still!) and restricted movement that often prevents them from being able to work, while Israel builds plush suburban neighborhoods over stolen Palestinian farmlands." I am glad to see comments like these. I sometimes feel people forget we are part of the systematic dismantling of an entire people's way of life, history, and any hope of a real future. I wish no harm on Israel, but America has been very ONE-sided in its approach to this situation. Palestinians live in such dire straits right now, and its heartbreaking how little anyone seems to care.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
I'm sorry I jumped into this late. This is total B.S. on the McCain campaigns part. I am sure that there were/are unsavory far right wing individuals who have associated with Sen. McCain or his campaigns but I'm not going to hold that against him. Also what is so bad about this Professor anyway. If he's Palestinian obviously he's not to happy with Israel and has strong differing political ideology and probably a family history that has been afflicted by Israel's occupation. Should his attitudes surprise or disgust us, no. If he supports Sen. Obama politically what should that tell us? Well I think it should tell us that although Sen. Obama sees Israel as a friend he also sees the Palestinians as people who deserve a voice and just maybe it is because they have not been given a voice, just maybe because they've been stifled like animals that radical elements within their midst have resorted to the unthinkable. My experience is if you humanize humans who act like animals they begin to act human and if you treat humans like animals well that's just how they'll act.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 7 years
Ginger- good points. I support Israel to a degree, like many Americans, but the one-sided mindlessness that seems to be associated with the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is ridiculous! I don't get when we decided to give Israel a mandate to violate any peace agreements they had with Palestine, and why so many Americans tend not to care at all about the effect Israel's settlements have on Palestine. And the fact that the name "Rashid Khalidi" is dangerous-sounding to some Americans is really embarrassing. Ya know, whatever the results of this election, it's not going to change the fact that 23% of Texans think Obama is a Muslim (and that it's a bad thing on top of that). It's kind of depressing, it makes me think we're moving towards the society portrayed in the movie, Idiocracy. My grandparents aren't voting for Obama mainly because they think he "hates America." I know that dirty campaign tactics can go both ways, but I really can't help but think that McCain did far more damage, and exposed more of the hatred and small-mindedness in the electorate than Obama did.
kikidawn kikidawn 7 years
" "23 percent of Texans believe he's a Muslim" That may be a little low. I cannot tell you how many times I've had this argument (and also the argument that it doesn't matter). I can't tell you how many of my myspace/facebook "friends" are in "you can't elect Obama b/c he's a dirty Muslim" groups. It's so frustrating being a blue in a very red state" jenintx, my feelings exactly. I'm in the very red state right above you and I'm blue just like you. I have a facebook friend and his status is: "voted for McCain. i dont need another messiah! and i sure as hell dont want no free loading hippie who distributes money to the ones who dont work! screw that!" A lot of people I know believe Obama is a Muslim and call him Osama ... or say things like "Obama bin Biden ... scares me". It's ridiculous and I'm really sick of it. I'm tired of bringing up points that show that he's not Muslim and I'm tired of saying "so what if he is?" ... I'm tired of people who are bigots. Gah I'll be so glad when it is Wednesday. Sorry for that rant...
Ginger Ginger 7 years
It's also a weak argument to keep trying to link Arab names to Islamic terrorism, when the majority of Arabs in the US are Christian. The largest population of Muslims is Indonesia. Not all Palestinians are Muslim. There is a large Christian population, including some of the most well known Palestinians, like Hanan Ashrawi and Edward Said. Palestinians are the largest and oldest refugee population on the earth. It's ridiculous that the Western countries facilitated the displacement of an entire culture, many of whom now live as second class citizens in refugee camps with very poor conditions (still!) and restricted movement that often prevents them from being able to work, while Israel builds plush suburban neighborhoods over stolen Palestinian farmlands.
Ginger Ginger 7 years
Dang, what's next? Quincy Jones is raising stealth terrorists because he named his daughter Rashida? (Actress, used to be on The Office, FYI). That makes about as much sense as these other "connections" Bible Spice and McBush are claiming.
jenintx jenintx 7 years
"23 percent of Texans believe he's a Muslim" That may be a little low. I cannot tell you how many times I've had this argument (and also the argument that it doesn't matter). I can't tell you how many of my myspace/facebook "friends" are in "you can't elect Obama b/c he's a dirty Muslim" groups. It's so frustrating being a blue in a very red state :)
Briandiesel Briandiesel 7 years
Its unfortunate that "scare tactics" work so easily for some people. Thanks Jude :D
ashopaholic ashopaholic 7 years
wrong emoticon lol...:P
ashopaholic ashopaholic 7 years
This kinda shit makes me want Obama in office more then ever. :X
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
Brian, unfortunately there have been people on here who do think he's a Muslim :( Not many, and none of the regulars as far as I know, but they do pop up once in a while, and are weirdly resistant to documentation and reason. Oh, and "you all should loosen up" :ROTFL: Nice one!
Briandiesel Briandiesel 7 years
Jeez you all should loosen up :D With the right lubricant and the right man. Its just sad that McCain and his clan wanna make people scared about Obama when he might be running the country in 4 days. Just not a wise move plus majority of people believe it makes McCain look desperate for votes and pulling at anything he can put his hands on even if its half-truths. That poll should be banned from being talked about. Not one person I know and have discussed this with, which is quite a few knew anything about said poll or think that Obama is a Muslim. Plus that poll apparently was fed by Fox News. So theres your answer on why it was published.
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 7 years
:rotfl: Jude and CG you're too much!! But thanks! I haven't had a good laugh since the last SNL segment with Tina Fey as Palin.
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 7 years
(and :ROTFL: AT CG and "number two") /Butthead voice "hehhehehehe..you said number two.."
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