CNN and the Khalidi affair

This is an actual sentence from a CNN report on Sarah Palin attacking Barack Obama over his relationship with eminent Palestinian scholar Rashid Khalidi:

Khalidi has been a stern critic of United States foreign policy towards Israel and has accused the country of “occupying” Palestinian territories, but he has denied acting as a spokesman for the PLO.

How dare Khalidi suggest that Israel may be "occupying" (let's use quote marks to underline the outrageousness of it all) Palestinian territories? As Philip Weiss says, this is the result of the disastrous effect of the Israel lobby and the skittishness with which US media approach the issue. But I'm sure Wolf Blitzer, former AIPAC lobbyist, will look into that.

Incidentally, the Khalidi business does make Obama look bad - it along with other decisions to distance himself from former friends makes him look like he's opportunistic and ready to dump his friends at the drop of a hat.

On a related note: Joe the Zionist.

Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region,