Super-Zionist Peretz Defends Khalidi

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."

Ron Kampeas of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency has a supportive take as well. Martin Kramer takes issue.

-- jpt

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