Columbia Professor Rashid Khalidi’s Cynical Use of Antisemitism
Fri Oct 27 2017
We’re nearing an age of peak cynicism, when a former PLO spokesman and decades-long anti-Israel activist claims to be more concerned about antisemitism than does Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Last month, Rashid Khalidi — now Columbia University’s Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies — renewed his PLO bona fides by marking the centennial of the Balfour Declaration with the lecture, “The Balfour Declaration from the Perspective of its Victims.”
The speech was the first in the series “Palestine/Israel: 100, 70, 50” at NYU’s Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies. The lecture was held in the magnificent Richard Ettinghausen Library, which showcases a wall of Islamic mosaics. The room was packed to capacity, with about 85 people, including faculty and graduate students, some lining the circular staircase and filling every inch of the room...