Skip to comments.Rashid Khalidi’s False Narrative of Israeli History
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Rashid Khalidis False Narrative of Israeli History
Posted By Andrew Harrod On May 1, 2014 @ 12:40 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments
Palestinian-American Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi addressed Americas role in the Arab-Israeli peace process on April 17, 2014, at Washington, DCs Jerusalem Fund, a pro-Palestinian think tank. Describing Israels entirely false narrative into which we have all been brainwashed, Khalidi revealed his own myopia before an audience of about forty mostly likeminded, middle-aged people.
John Halakas Portraits of Denial and Despair photo exhibit currently displayed in Jerusalem Fund hallways set a worrying ambience for Khalidi. Amidst photo captions damning an Israeli settler colonial state, one photo montage shows Yasser Arafats former press secretary, Raeda Taha. She grew up in the shadow of a martyr, a caption declares, a symbol of the national struggle, namely her pictured terrorist father Ali Taha, killed in a hijacking operation he commanded.
Khalidi discussed how the United States has systematically failed to achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace given structural reasons. Corrupt terms such as honest broker expressed by Secretaries of State James Baker and Condoleezza Rice enabled Americas myth as a disinterested mediatory. Rather, continuing complicity and virtually identity of views with Israel since 1975 make America sometimes more Israeli than the Israelis. Ceaseless colonization of East Jerusalem and the West Bank has actually made this conflict worse despite 1991 Madrid Conference American assurances of no prejudicial actions during peace negotiations.
Secretary of State John Kerrys current negotiations continue Americas pusillanimous role amidst widespread skepticism. The Palestinian Authoritys (PA) position of weakness faces Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus uncompromising stand, including Israels brand new, never before revealed demand for Jewish state recognition. Does this mean in Israel everybody has to sing HaTikvah, the national anthem, Khalidi joked.
Such biases driven by domestic pressure from the Israel lobby became intense during President Barack Obamas humiliating retreat from a supposedly longstanding policy on ultimate 1967-based Israeli borders. Israel, however, must otherwise conform to American wishes, such as during the Iran nuclear agreement. Here the United States did exactly how it pleased.
Middle East arms deals also occur without Israeli consent, often involving Saudi Arabias stealth lobby operating in conjunction with American oil interests. Yet in fact no contradiction exists between American relationships with Israel and Gulf monarchies that, like all Arab autocracies, ignore local popular support for the Palestinian cause. Some of them are on Israels side, Khalidi judged.
Israeli has meanwhile created a bastardized one-state solution, entailing Palestinian statehoods indefinite deferral under the Oslo Accords historic mistake. Khalidis one-state solution would recognize two peoples, in contrast to some Palestinian one-staters who would tolerate merely a few Jews. PA corruption in Ramallahs boomtown and destructive divisions with the equally corrupt Hamas-run Gaza, though, remain obstacles.
The Palestinians entirely asymmetrical conflict with a powerful, American-backed Israel belies a rough equality of two victimized, tragic peoples. Stateless since 1918, Palestinians have undergone a century-long odyssey. The 1947 United Nations partition plan foresaw a Jewish state, but strangled in its cradle a Palestinian state about which no one gave a damn. As refugees, most Palestinians no longer live in historic Palestine.
The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction (BDS) movements considerable economic impact in Europe offered Khalidi a ray of hope. Israels greatest threat used to be Iran; now it is BDS, an addition to non-violent resistance or other means. BDS also disrupts Israels discursive hegemony such that New York Times sclerotic coverage of Israel no longer interests the youth. Thus how can one not endorse the BDS movement?
Khalidis bias contains numerous distortions. Israels ceaseless colonization includes historically Jewish areas of Judea and Samaria such as Jerusalems Jewish Quarter and Wailing Wall. This as well as Israeli security concerns led President George W. Bush to recognize that Israel would retain certain territories won in 1967, an understanding that has largely restricted post-Oslo Accords settlement building to such territories. Obamas suggestion that Israel accept 1967 lines as a negotiation starting point, by contrast, was hardly uncontroversial.
Khalidi hardly discussed, meanwhile, Israels Gaza withdrawal, one of several Israeli peace moves, including Prime Minister Ehud Baraks 2000 two-state proposal, under Khalidis Oslo Accords historic mistake. Alternatively, recognizing Israel as a fundamentally Jewish state with some minorities is also hardly extraordinary. Bush so defined Israel in an understanding going back to the 1917 Balfour Declaration supporting a national home for the Jewish people.
Khalidi equally distorts history, beginning with an asserted Palestinian statelessness since 1918. No independent Palestine has ever existed within the territory now claimed by Palestinians, an area historically under other regimes such as the Ottoman Empire. Khalidis assessment of the 1947 partition plan is particularly baffling. New-born Israel fought for survival against Arab states with no interest in an independent Palestine, as shown by subsequent Jordanian and Egyptian occupations.
Khalidis assertion that an Israel lobby controls American Israel policy does not comport with his concession of widespread American neglect of Israeli interests. Perhaps the United States (along with some Arab regimes) actually shares interests with an Israeli ally respecting the Palestinians? Who defines an honest broker, anyway, the Palestinians or the Israelis?
The former Palestine Liberation Organization spokesman Khalidi thus fully displayed ongoing Palestinian intransigence towards an Israel now over 60 years old. For Khalidi, Israeli colonialism has dispossessed a non-existent historic Palestine in the name of an illegitimate Jewish state. Hence Khalidis rejection of any past peace proposal such as the Oslo Accords and acquiescence in Palestinian terrorism, such as that of a genocidal Hamas, whose past division with the PA Khalidi bemoaned. No wonder the peace process fails.
A fellow with the Lawfare Project, Andrew E. Harrod holds a PhD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a JD from George Washington University Law School and is the author of over 160 articles.
I understand the concept of protecting sources, but I can't think of another instance where a media outlet accepts important political information, in this case a tape, on the condition of never publishing it. You do things like that by renting a safety deposit box.
The picture of Edward "Jew stoner" Said
has frequently been posted. That's Columbia professor Said to Columbia grad Obama's left.
Less posted is this pic
with PLO spokesman and Columbia prof Rashid Khalidi to travel columnist and non Columbia grad Michelle's right. I'm sure it was a lively conversation. Kerry couldn't make it.
If youd like to be on or off, please FR mail me.
Note post 1, a reminder of the Obama-Said-Khalidi relationship and the duplicity of the LA Times.
It is a tenant of the Mohammedan religion to lie
Arab countries need to chip in and BUY land to create a “Palestine’ State. They can buy the land from Jordan or Syria... I'm sure if Palestinians had their own land they would plant trees, work hard and make a success out of the land just like Israel did... I'm equally sure their 7th century's ideas and eternal jealousy won't get in the way of that goal...