The US internet news portal, Breitbart News is offering a $50,000 reward to
anyone who can provide the videotape of a 2003 dinner honoring a radical
Palestinian American academic attended by then Illinois state senator Barack
During the 2008 presidential campaign, The Los Angeles Times
reported that Obama attended a farewell dinner for his longtime friend Rashid
Khalidi. Khalidi reportedly served as the director of the PLO’s WAFA news agency
in Beirut during the 1970s. At that time, the PLO was one of the most active
terrorist organizations in the world.
The 2003 dinner was a tribute to
Khalidi on the eve of his departure from the faculty of the University of
Chicago. Khalidi left the university for Columbia University in New York City
where he was appointed to serve as the Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies and
the director of Columbia’s Middle East Institute.