In Sen. John McCain's last week of campaigning, he and his campaign have done all they can to attack Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi. They've called him anti-Semitic, they've falsely called him a spokesman for the PLO, they've mentioned him on TV as a central argument in their attacks on Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.
Marty Peretz, editor-in-chief of The New Republic and a longtime strong supporter of Israel, defended Khalidi this week.
"I assume that my Zionist credentials are not in dispute," Peretz writes. "And I have written more appreciative words about Khalidi than Obama ever uttered. In fact, I even invited Khalidi to speak for a Jewish organization with which I work. Moreover, the Israelis are trying to live cooperatively and in peace with Palestinians whose unrelenting positions make Khalidi almost appear like a Zionist."