The Haaretz response to a moral dilemma

From the Elder of Ziyon:

Why did Haaretz take down its article on Kansas killer’s admiration for Max Blumenthal?

Haaretz, picking up on a piece in the Washington Free Beacon, briefly posted this article yesterday:

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According to the Washington Free Beacon, an online news source that describes itself as being “dedicated to uncovering the stories that the professional left hopes will never see the light of day, Frazier Glenn Cross, the Hitler admirer and Klansman who is accused of the murders, often praised Blumenthal’s work.

According to the report, a search of the VNN Forum – a prominent white supremacist website run by Cross – finds over 300 references praising Blumenthal’s criticism of the State of Israel and American-Jewish support of Israeli policy.

There is no doubt that leftist Israel-haters like Blumenthal give lots of material – and inspiration – for right wing antisemites like Frazier Glenn Cross. Both groups claim, disingenuously, that their criticisms of Israel are meant to defend human rights when it is the other way around – they use the language of human rights to attack the Jewish state, a nation whose record on human rights would be the envy of any other nation at war in history.

Some antisemites see no contradiction between the extreme right and extreme left manifestations of Jew-hatred. Someone named “Rehmat1″, for example, has hundreds of comments both on Cross’ VNN forum and on Mondoweiss, both linking back to his own blog.

The only difference is that the right-wing antisemites are more willing to admit that they hate Jews. The leftist antisemites prefer to use Israel as a proxy for Jews and are, too often, Jews themselves, which all stripes of Jew-haters love to quote to give their hate an air of authenticity.

Haaretz took down this article very quickly after it was posted online. Why?

Perhaps the reason is that Haaretz has provides at least as much comfort and aid to the VNN antisemites as Blumenthal does!

While Haaretz doesn’t seem to be as explicitly praised as Blumenthal was by Cross, according to Mondoweiss, Haaretz itself is mentioned on the VNN site over 11,000 times and Cross mentions Haaretz himself scores of times in his antisemitic rants! (I did not check either the Free Beacon’s or Mondoweiss’ claims about the number of citations of Blumenthal/Haaretz.)

Haaretz provides at least as much of aid and comfort to antisemites as Blumenthal does, and perhaps that is what prompted it to silently pull this story.

Do you think the editorial board of Haaretz might stop to think about that last observation: Haaretz provides at least as much of aid and comfort to antisemites as Blumenthal does. And will they go that step further and ask themselves if what they are doing is a good thing?

What goes around may reverse

Most sensible people accept that the general standard of driving behavior on Israeli roads is awful. Awfully awful. There is not a single Highway Code rule that is not broken every minute of every day on every main road.

  • Lane discipline? What white lines?
  • Keeping a safe distance? This way he knows I want to overtake.
  • Mirror, signal, maneuver? What’s a signal?
  • Never overtake on a bend? There’s never any oncoming traffic here.
  • Stop at a stop sign? That’s for novice drivers only.

And on it goes. The ironic aspect is that, according to all feedback, the driving test for new young drivers is a long, involved, and demanding process that teaches all the right stuff. But after passing the test…

It’s with this background that you may not be shocked to know that there are several theories why the driving is so poor. This being a popular topic among immigrants (especially) I have heard many, varied excuses. (Or reasons; it depends on your point of view.) This weekend, I heard one that was new to me.

Apparently the 1948 State of Israel had about 400 cars in the entire country. And so, the theory goes, this is not only a young country, but also a young country of drivers. In other words, there are not enough experienced drivers, and certainly not enough experienced generations of drivers, passing on the right driving skills.

I don’t know about you, but it doesn’t convince me. However, it did spring to mind on the journey home from the office tonight.

It happened like this: I approached a roundabout on a single lane road. The car ahead of me went through the roundabout very slowly. I followed. On the exit from the roundabout, I was still behind this slow car. It stopped. It pulled in. (No; no indicator was harmed in that maneuver.) I passed the car carefully – in case it started up again without warning – noting the little old lady in the driver’s seat. The next thing I see is her starting to move her car. In reverse. She reversed into the roundabout and back the way she had come… OMG, where do they come from? I was glad I was going in the opposite direction.

So your challenge, should you accept it, is to come up with an explanation. Just why is the driving so bad here?

Oh good. They are bringing the houses down.

There’s something missing from this Arutz Sheva report:

MK Slams ‘Collective Punishment’ in Yitzhar Demolitions

‘Price tag’ vandalism does not justify punishment against an entire community, MK Orit Struk says.

MK Orit Struk (Jewish Home/Bayit Yehudi) strongly condemned the demolitions in Yitzhar on Tuesday, noting that ‘price tag’ attacks against the IDF do not justify a show of force against the community’s residents.

“Puncturing the tires of vehicles of IDF soldiers and commanders is a criminal act, and the spokesman for Yitzhar, which represents the majority of residents disapproved of it yesterday,” Struk noted. “This does not justify in any way the declaration of war on the whole community because of the actions of some resident youths, especially when police know how and where to find them and bring them to justice, according to the law.”

“Collective punishment and destruction of homes as vengeance has long been rejected as illegal by the High Court in relation to the terrorists, and there is no moral or legal justification to carry it out on civilians,” Struk continued, noting that Yitzhar residents’ “only crime is that criminal acts were carried out near their homes.”

IDF and police forces demolished four homes in the Samaria on Tuesday, as apparent retaliation for ‘price tag’ vandalism on IDF jeeps on Sunday and Monday.

Yitzhar community spokesmen have responded to the demolition with harsh condemnations of the dramatic demolition, slamming “collective punishment.”

“This policy of destruction and collective punishment by authorities against residents of Yitzhar is outrageous,” a statement reads.

“It is unthinkable that the Israeli government and security forces demolished the homes of innocent people and took revenge due to the illegitimate ‘price tag’ actions of individuals, as serious as [these acts] are. We urge the security forces and their head to stop this policy and immediately stop the growing cycle of hostility.”

What’s missing? Here’s a relevant fact from the Times of Israel report:

Residents of the hard-line settlement of Yitzhar clashed with Israeli security forces as several illegal buildings in the West Bank community were demolished before dawn Tuesday.

The buildings that were brought down were illegal. (And you can bet your bottom dollar that the people there know that.) So, if the authorities demolish illegal structures elsewhere – for example, in Jerusalem, as they do – why shouldn’t they demolish them in Yitzhar? Oh, I know the timing is meant to send a message to the extremists in that community, but it’s a bit rich – to put it mildly – to complain of “punishment” or “collective punishment” not being deserved just because somebody knifed a couple of army vehicles.

Stop Press: the buildings were illegal. There’s no justification for building them like that. None. And there’s no justification for crying when they are torn down. Quite the opposite: it is good when the Rule of Law applies. We should celebrate that fact, not complain.

Behind the curtain

From CAMERA, an interesting peek behind the curtain of Palestinian society:

Contradictory Stories from Christ at the Checkpoint

What a difference two years can make!

At the 2012 Christ at the Checkpoint Conference, Munther Isaac, (who recently got his Ph.D. from Oxford Center for Mission Studies), told attendees that Palestinian Christians “have always enjoyed the support of the Palestinian leaders” and that they “worship with freedom and exercise [their] rights like all Palestinians.”

Isaac made this statement while introducing Salaam Fayyad, who was then serving as Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority.

Two years later, attendees heard a different story. The first night of the conference, Munir Kakish, the leader of the Council of Evangelical Churches in the Holy Land called on the Palestinian Authority to recognize Evangelical churches and accord them their civil rights. Here is what he said:

As a religious group, we are still unable to practice our basic civil rights to issue marriage certificates, register our church properties in the name of the church, or even open bank accounts to manage our churches’ financial affairs.

One of these statements cannot be true.

If Christians “worship with freedom” and “exercise rights like all Palestinians,” then why can’t Evangelical churches open bank accounts in Palestinian society?

I don’t doubt the veracity of the more recent statement. It doesn’t come as a surprise, though I remain baffled why there is not more fuss being made.

Assume, for the purposes of illustration, that a proper religious organization operating in Europe was unable to “…practice our basic civil rights to issue marriage certificates, register our church properties in the name of the church, or even open bank accounts to manage our churches’ financial affairs.” How long would that situation be tolerated?

And what if it were to happen in Israeli society? How long would that be tolerated before it were front page news – of the condemnation type?

But here we have a situation, apparently of long standing, enduring in Palestinian society to the detriment of its Christian population. And nobody cares.

The next time somebody decides they want to tackle prejudice and “have to start somewhere”, maybe they could try their luck with the Palestinians? The “Wall at Xmas” people should be ashamed.

Turkey’s not ready

From the Jerusalem Post:

ANKARA/ISTANBUL – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan declared victory in local polls that had become a referendum on his rule and said he would “enter the lair” of enemies who have accused him of corruption and leaked state secrets.

“They will pay for this,” he said.

It doesn’t sound like Mr Erdogan has quite grasped some of the essentials of modern democracy, like separation of the state and the judiciary. And the responsibility of the elected party for all constituents, not just their supporters. It doesn’t sound like Turkey deserves to be called a modern democracy.

This Turkey is not ready.

No Jews allowed?

From the Jerusalem Post:

White House expresses ‘deep disappointment’ after Saudis deny visa to ‘Post’ journalist

The White House expressed “deep disappointment” on Tuesday over Saudi Arabia’s decision to deny an entry visa to The Jerusalem Post’s Washington bureau chief who was planning to cover President Barack Obama’s visit to the desert kingdom this week.

Riyadh on Monday denied a visa to Michael Wilner, The Jerusalem Post’s Washington bureau chief. Wilner, who was the only journalist denied access to the president’s trip, despite firmly-worded requests from US National Security Advisor Susan Rice and assistant to the president Tony Blinken to Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the US, Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir.

“We are deeply disappointed that this credible journalist was denied a visa,” US National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said on Tuesday. “We will continue to register our serious concerns about this unfortunate decision.”

Rice and Blinken separately expressed extreme displeasure at the delay and the prospect of a denial, The Jerusalem Post has learned. Members of the National Security Council were made aware of the matter after US officials coordinating the trip failed to reach their Saudi counterparts.

Journalists attending the trip were required to submit visa forms to the White House, and not directly to the Saudi embassy. The Kingdom held Wilner’s passport for two weeks, though their embassy’s website claims turnaround for visas within 24 hours…

It’s important to stress that Mr Wilner is Jewish. He is not Israeli. He holds citizenship from the USA. The whole report is here.

As sharp commentator Brian of London at IsraellyCool pointedly asks:

I have two questions for President Barak Hussein Obama:

Would you visit a country with a sign on the door saying “No Blacks Allowed”?

Why do you choose to visit a country with a sign saying “No Jews Allowed”?

And answer there was none.

They did express ‘deep disappointment‘ after all. I suppose that’s better than ‘shallow disappointment‘ or ‘we couldn’t give a toss‘. I mean, there is a difference, isn’t there? Wait till they are really angry and they express ‘really deeper than deep disappointment‘ – that’ll show them!

When will these powerful people appreciate that allowing stuff like this to happen, may make things easier for them in the short term, but makes it harder to deal with the issue. And the issue, Mr President, needs to be dealt with. It’s not going away. You may be, but the issue isn’t. I think you’re a coward.

Not on the BBC

A small example of the subtle, or not so subtle, media bias that the BBC and others perpetuate. This is from BBCWatch:

BBC reports on Hamas rally in Arabic – but not in English

Whilst visitors to the BBC Arabic website on March 23rd were informed that a Hamas rally attended by tens of thousands had taken place in Gaza City earlier in the day, those visiting the main English language BBC News website found no report on that topic and hence would have no idea of the rhetoric against Israel, Egypt and the Palestinian Authority which was part and parcel of the event.

With the BBC lately having taken to sedately describing Hamas as the body “which governs the Gaza Strip” and with audiences having been told on several recent occasions that Hamas has “refrained” from attacking Israel since the ceasefire of October 2012, it would of course have been useful to audiences to have an up to the minute appraisal of the terrorist organisation’s stance regarding its neighbours.

Via Channel 10, readers can view footage (in Arabic and Hebrew) of some parts of Ismail Haniyeh’s speech at the event – translated below.

“Today Gaza says to our brothers in the [West] Bank we are with you, we will not abandon you.

All of Jenin and all of the [West] Bank is resistance. Resistance, resistance, resistance, resistance! […]

Both from the tunnels beneath the ground and also above the ground, you – the conquerors [occupiers] – will [be driven] out. You have no existence on the soil of Palestine.

We have the ability to create terror from nothing and to shake the earth of Tel Aviv. […]

I tell you and I will continue to say time after time; we will not recognise, we will not recognise, we will not recognise Israel.”

[snip...]

Haniyeh also called on the PA’s Mahmoud Abbas to “quit this pointless track and not to extend negotiation” and reproached Egypt for its recent stance towards the Gaza Strip’s ruling regime.

“The punishment of the people of Gaza must end. Why punish Gaza? Was it because it achieved victory against the Occupier? Why punish Gaza? Was it because it took up the rifle against Israel?”

Given that in the past we have seen extensive BBC reporting of similar rallies organized by Hamas, it is unclear why BBC News should have chosen not to report on this particular one to English-speaking audiences and instead to confine its limited coverage to the Arabic-language site.

I am sure there will be a justification. However, the reason matters not so much as the impact. It’s as if these words in Arabic were never said. Nice, moderate Hamas. You can do business with these guys. And all that crap.

Think about that piece, and then look here: Israel is just too darn democratic for the Left. Worth reading in its entirety, but I will offer this sneak peek extract:

They don’t just want their own policies imposed on the body politic that has rejected them. They want it to hurt, too. They want Israel’s electorate humiliated, degraded, and violated for the sin of rejecting them and their pipe dream of peace.

Suddenly the BBC’s omission is seen as part of the greater picture: we won’t change opinion in Israel, but we can outside of Israel. So let’s stick to the program.

I wonder how many blindly follow the line they promote?

Incendiary and insulting, or true?

On Sunday in Manhattan, there was a demonstration – a “mass prayer rally” – by haredim, protesting against the drafting of yeshiva students to the IDF.

The Jewish Press newspaper covered this with an article. Its headline was:

50 Thousand Haredim March So Only Other Jews Die in War.

The Times of Israel reports the outcome as follows:

Jewish Press fires columnist for blasting ultra-Orthodox

Yuri Yanover’s piece was titled ’50 Thousand Haredim March So Only Other Jews Die in War’

A Brooklyn-based Jewish newspaper apologized for a column that was sharply critical of the haredi Orthodox community and fired its author.

The Jewish Press dismissed Yori Yanover, its Israel-based online editor, after he published an article Monday with the headline “50 Thousand Haredim March So Only Other Jews Die in War.”

Yanover was writing about a mass prayer rally of Haredi Jews in Manhattan on Sunday against a proposed Israeli law to draft yeshiva students.

“They flooded downtown Manhattan with the anti-draft for Haredim message: everybody else is welcome to get themselves killed,” Yanover wrote. “What was even more astonishing was their honesty regarding the bankruptcy of their entire school of faith and study.”

The Jewish Press removed the article from its website (a cached version can be found here for now). The paper’s publishers, Jerry Greenwald and Naomi Mauer, issued a statement saying the paper “apologizes to its readers for the unfortunate Op-Ed article, along with its incendiary and insulting headline.”

According to the statement, the article “was posted without authorization and approval of The Jewish Press newspaper” and “the sentiments expressed in the article and headline do not represent these of The Jewish Press, its officers, editors, and staff.”

In a letter to The Jewish Press posted Tuesday on his Facebook page, Yanover said he had authorization to publish the article.

“I wrote the article after discussion with my supervisor and then submitted the article for review, as per the protocol you established,” he wrote.

In an interview with the online news site Vos Iz Neias?, Greenwald described Yanover’s views as “reprehensible and insolent.”

”Since its founding, The Jewish Press has striven to be a Torah newspaper, one that recognized the centrality of the Torah and Torah study to the Jewish people,” Greenwald said.

Yanover’s column criticized opponents of the draft law for arguing that army service would erode the religious identify of Haredi Jews.

“[T]he post-Holocaust haredi world is all about fear. Fear of new things. Fear of books. Fear of voices. And above all, fear that the education a young man receives during his 20 years in a haredi yeshiva is worthless, because as soon as he encounters the outside world, those 20 years would vanish, melt away like Cholov Yisroel butter on a skillet,” he wrote. “What an astonishing degree of honesty regarding the bankruptcy of an entire school of faith and study.”

I’m unsure how long the cache version will be available, so I have copied the text and posted it here.  If you read the whole thing, you will see Yanover is against the new law, as well as being against the haredi protest!

The article is worth reading. It perhaps is incendiary. It perhaps is insulting. It perhaps is true.

[You may want to head over to Facebook and take a look at Yori Yanover's page. Could be fun to follow.]

About those moderates in Iran…

I wonder what they have to say about this, from the Times of Israel:

Iran general: ‘Our hands are on the trigger’ to destroy Israel

Revolutionary Guard air force chief quoted as saying his forces are ready to act as soon as they receive the order

The air force commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps was quoted by Iran’s Fars news agency as saying Tuesday that Iran’s military has its finger on the trigger to destroy Israel as soon as it receives the order to do so.

In an article headlined “IRGC Commander: Iran’s Finger on Trigger to Destroy Zionist Regime,” Fars wrote that Brigadier General Hossein Salami had declared that Iranian military commanders are prepared to attack and destroy the Zionist regime of Israel as soon as they receive such an order. “Today, we can destroy every spot which is under the Zionist regime’s control with any volume of fire power (that we want) right from here,” Fars quoted Salami as telling a conference in Tehran Tuesday on “The Islamic World’s Role in the Geometry of the World Power.”

Iranian leaders regularly issue threats against Israel and the United States, but the wording ascribed to Salami on Tuesday was particularly aggressive.

“Islam has given us this wish, capacity and power to destroy the Zionist regime so that our hands will remain on the trigger from 1,400 kilometers away for the day when such an incident (confrontation with Israel) takes place,” he was also quoted saying in the speech.

The comments came a day after Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented a shipment of what he said were Iranian arms intercepted at sea last week, which he charged were intended for terror groups in Gaza. Netanyahu castigated the West for clinging to the illusion that Iran had changed, and said it remained relentlessly committed to fostering terrorism and advancing a nuclear weapons program.

Last month, Iranian state TV ran a documentary featuring a computerized video of Iran’s drones and missiles bombing Tel Aviv, Haifa, Ben Gurion Airport and the Dimona nuclear reactor in a hypothetical retaliation for an Israeli or American strike on the Islamic Republic.

Iranian drones and missiles were also shown in the film carrying out simulated strikes on the American aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, downing American aircraft and striking American military targets in the Persian Gulf.

Set to dramatic music, the video showed Iranian drones and missiles carrying out strikes against Tel Aviv’s Kikar Hamedina square, the Azrieli Towers skyscrapers, and the IDF’s Kirya central command complex, as well as Ben Gurion International Airport, Haifa’s Technion, several army and air force bases, and the nuclear reactor in Dimona.

In November, Iranian state television aired a shorter animated clip showing Iranian missiles targeting Israeli cities.

Not a lot of moderation there. But the aggression seems strangely mistimed and misplaced. Why talk up the threat to Israel when they have just been caught, red-handed, sending weapons in? What’s the point? Could it be that this is for another audience – perhaps in Lebanon, or Syria? Does the bravado actually signal a feeling of weakness and vulnerability? Are some hardliners in the Israel haters’ camp complaining that Iran is not doing enough, and this is part of Iran’s response? Or is it an example of the emptiest vessel making the most noise?

Demonization be damned – this is academia!

From Richard Millett’s blog:

An MA in Palestine Studies is being introduced by SOAS. Judging by the last two nights at the Centre For Palestine Studies, which is based at SOAS, one can just imagine some of the questions on the end of year exam paper!

On Wednesday CPS hosted Ilan Pappe and last night it hosted Walid Khalidi who spoke on the subject of 100 years since WW1 and the Balfour Declaration.

Admittedly, unlike Pappe, Khalidi supports a two state solution due to its “global support” but also because “in a one state framework Israel would have the ideal alibi to remove whatever constraints remain on settlements. Within a twinkling the Palestinians would be lucky if they had enough land to plant onions in their back gardens and to bury their dead alongside”.

Khalidi is the Godfather of “Palestine Studies”. Gilbert Achcar introduced him as “the founder of the scientific study on the question of Palestine”. But at the Centre for Palestine Studies on Wednesday night Ilan Pappe had referred to the “so-called scientific research” of Zionism as nothing more than “marketing” by Israel.

Hypocrisy doesn’t come bigger than that. While the study of “Palestine” is “scientific”, the study of Israel is mere “marketing”!

The glitterati of the Palestine Lobby, including “Ambassador” Manuel Hassassian, were present to hear Khalidi describe the Balfour Declaration as “the single most destructive political document on the Middle East in the twentieth century”. But the 16 million dead of WW1 were not even mentioned by Khalidi.

Creating a Jewish state was destructive? Hmmm. I think he has gone into hyperbolic orbit.

Interestingly, Khalidi wasn’t too keen on UNSCR 242 either. While anti-Israel propagandists use 242 as proof that Israel is in the West Bank illegally, Khalidi said it doesn’t specify a time when the withdrawal of Israel’s armed forces should begin, a line for them to be withdrawn to or the name of the territories they are to be withdrawn from.

Neither does 242 mention the word “Palestinian” or describe who the “refugees” are. Khalidi said while the Balfour Declaration was the fountainhead of all developments from 1917 to 1967 UNSCR 242 was the fountainhead of the conflict since 1967 to this day.

Khalidi said the 1967 War’s “most profound and potentially catastrophic impact lies in the inspiration it gave to neo-Zionist religious fundamentalist Messianism and to its creation of conditions conducive to a clash over Jerusalem’s holy places between Jewish and Christian evangelical jihadists on the one hand and Muslim jihadists on the other.”

Khalidi doesn’t like Israel’s leaders much either. The last part of his talk was all about the influences on Benjamin Netanyahu, which included his grandfather (Nathan), father (Benzion) and brother, Yonatan, killed in Israel’s raid on Entebbe in 1976 to save Jewish and Israeli hostages from Palestinian terrorists.

Another influence was Jabotinksy who, Khalidi said, was referred to by Ben Gurion as “Vladimir Hitler”. Another was Menachem Begin who, according to Khalidi, introduced into the Middle East the letter bomb, the parcel bomb, the barrel bomb and the car bomb.

Khalidi thinks Arabs are powerless and he said “just how sorry the state of the Arab nation is can be gauged from the fact that the future of Palestine hinges more on the desires and prejudices of Benjamin Benzion Natan Netanyahu than those of any incumbent in the proud Arab capitals”.

What’s a proud Arab capital?

Khalidi said Abbas is “committed to non-violence”, that there’s “evidence of pragmatism” in the Hamas leadership and that “civil disobedience” could well be common ground for Abbas and Hamas.

Abbas may say he is committed to non violence to his English speaking audiences, but that doesn’t jar – to put it mildly – with the lionization and adulation heaped on, for example, released prisoners who killed Israelis in terror attacks. But that, of course, was in Arabic.

As for Hamas and pragmatism, I think he means that when Israel has pounded them, they have – pragmatically – decided to stop the fighting. Other examples?

But Khalidi’s final dramatic rhetorical flourish, for which he received a standing ovation at which he waved his walking stick high in the air, was aimed solely at Israel’s Prime Minister:

“All the other protagonists are committed to a peaceful resolution…Obama’s understanding of the Palestine problem far surpasses that of all his predecessors. Abbas’ commitment to peace is genuine. At his age peace would be the crowning achievement of a lifetime.

We want to focus on the real enemy…Bibi will never share Jerusalem. Continued occupation and settlement while tightening the noose around East Jerusalem is a sure recipe for an apocalyptic catastrophe sooner or later over the Muslim holy places in the Old City.

With the continued surge in religious fundamentalist zealotry on both sides the road to Armageddon will lead from Jerusalem.

That is why, ladies and gentleman, Benjamin Benzion Ben Natan Netanyahu is the most dangerous political leader in the world today.”

Jewish holy places, anyone? Roll on those MA in Palestine Studies exam questions!

I’m not a dedicated fan of Netanyahu. He’s self important, vain, and keen to stay in power. (What politician isn’t?) However, I do believe he cares about Israel and everything he does is about protecting the country and its people.

Is he always right? No. But his heart is in the right place, and he is the best international representative we have. (Ron Prosor is looking like a challenger for that spot, incidentally.)

I also believe it’s Bibi’s success for and on behalf of Israel and its people which makes him the target of demonization from the likes of Khalidi. The demonization is preposterous nonsense. (Ironically, it’s being touted at a time when some of the West are getting a wake up call about the real Putin and the nature of Russia today. Now there’s a real candidate.) The demonization does not augur well for the quality, independence, and honesty of Khalidi’s type of academia.