Deceit and Rashid Khalidi

The Columbia University historian defends unconditionally the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination, even if this is expressed through violence.

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May 30, 2013 15:01
Palestinian children celebrate Hamas founding, Dec. 8, 2012

Palestinian children celebrate Hamas founding 370. (photo credit: REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah)

 
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Enter into the parallel world presented by historian Rashid Khalidi, where America is deceitful, the Jewish state is evil and oppressive, the Arab states are at worst indifferent to the Palestinian cause, and the Palestinians are the righteous, forever suffering dupes of a world ruled by forces beyond their control.

In this world – constructed in Khalidi’s new book Brokers of Deceit: How the US Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East – US foreign policy vis-à-vis Israel and the Middle East is dictated exclusively by domestic considerations. Successive US administrations – going back to US president Harry Truman – have adopted pro-Israel positions in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to cater to the all-powerful Jewish lobby and the substantial evangelical Christian population, even when doing so contradicts America’s foreign interests.

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