Rashid Khalidi

Our Dinners With Rashid

Talking to Khalidi, the Columbia professor, helped spark productive discourse.

03/04/2014
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What used to be an internal conversation about the political open-mindedness of the North American Jewish community has recently been playing out in the public sphere.

Khalidi Rashid: Has conducted a long-standing dialogue with Jewish students at Columbia University.  Wikimedia Commons

Ramaz Israel Row Points To Larger Trends

In extending invitation to Khalidi, Modern Orthodox students seen seeking wider view on Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

02/25/2014
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The decision by a prominent Manhattan day school to rescind a speaking invitation offered to an Arab-American critic of Israel, and some students’ online effort to overturn the administration’s cancellation decision, is the latest sign of many young American Jews’ desire for what they consider a more-balanced education about Israel.

Columbia’s Rashid Khalidi, an outspoken advocate of the Palestinian cause, was deemed too controversial to speak at Ramaz.

Vilification Has No Place In Debates On Israel

03/27/2012
Special To the Jewish Week

When our Brooklyn synagogue recently hosted two former State Department veterans, Elliot Abrams and Robert Malley, a few congregants and even a local merchant objected to our having invited Mr. Abrams, a known “war criminal.”  

Similarly, when our synagogue hosted Columbia professor Rashid Khalidi, a Palestinian academic, others claimed our pulpit now had “Jewish blood on its hands.”  Another congregant asked, “How can you invite Malley?  He and the president hate Jews.”

Rabbi Andy Bachman is senior rabbi at Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn.
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