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Gaza Flotilla Ship to be Called ‘Audacity of Hope’

Early this fall, Palestinian activists plan to try to run another flotilla through the Israeli Gaza blockade. This time for Obama, it’s personal.

Rashid Khalidi
Rashid Khalidi

In a move that must be giving Obama’s political team dyspepsia about Florida, Ohio, New Jersey and other potential battleground states where Jewish voters might make the difference, the Palestinians have decided to call one of the boats: “THE AUDACITY OF HOPE.”

That’s right, “The Audacity of Hope,” same as the Obama book title. And contributing to the fundraising effort is none other than Obama pal – probably Once and Future Pal, since hanging with him currently is bad political form – Rashid Khalidi.

Here’s a take on their relationship from an April 10, 2008 piece in the Los Angeles Times.

Chicago – It was a celebration of Palestinian culture — a night of music, dancing and a dash of politics. Local Arab Americans were bidding farewell to Rashid Khalidi, an internationally known scholar, critic of Israel and advocate for Palestinian rights, who was leaving town for a job in New York.

A special tribute came from Khalidi’s friend and frequent dinner companion, the young state Sen. Barack Obama. Speaking to the crowd, Obama reminisced about meals prepared by Khalidi’s wife, Mona, and conversations that had challenged his thinking.

His many talks with the Khalidis, Obama said, had been “consistent reminders to me of my own blind spots and my own biases. . . . It’s for that reason that I’m hoping that, for many years to come, we continue that conversation — a conversation that is necessary not just around Mona and Rashid’s dinner table,” but around “this entire world.”

Khalidi is a Palestinian professor and activist who has reportedly backed the killing of armed Israelis by Palestinians as a legitimate act of “resistance.”

Khalidi, in an interview with the Israeli newspaper Haaretz the other day, said he will raise money to buy the ship and suggested its name and provenance will offer it protection.

“Given the national-religious hierarchy which determines what the IDF can do to whom, the fact that the ship is American will make it harder to deal with it as the Mavi Marmara was dealt with,” Khalidi said.

Can you imagine Israelis commandos storming “The Audacity of Hope?” Not me. Pretty savvy strategy. And when does the good ship “Dreams from My Father” sail?

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4 Responses to Gaza Flotilla Ship to be Called ‘Audacity of Hope’

  1. Obama’s distain for Israel is disturbing, and I believe, personal. As the only Democracy and our only real friend in the Middle East, we have ample reason to maintain a close, protective relationship with them.
    Obama has alienated the Jewish voters with his attitude and policies.
    On that note, we might as well include England, France, and Russia as being on Obama’s list, too.
    The man needs better advisors and a better view of the world.

  2. This isn’t giving Obama as much as a bowel movement. The press will give this zero attention unless the Israelis give a repeat performance of dealing with the Turkish flotilla. That’s highly unlikely in light of the Israeli Navy successfully blocking two relief ships from reaching Gaza since then without incident. How much media coverage did both incidents get here? Bubkis. Khalidi’s venture will prove no different.

    As for the citation against Khalidi by the New York Sun you’ll need to better than that. The editorial board is hawkishly pro-Israeli, and has been on the “bomb Iran” bandwagon for years now. No surprise these neo-con of a paper would smear anyone who publicly challenges those positons.

    • I don’t think he’s denied it but argues that he was mischaracterized by some as having advocated killing any Israeli, even those not armed.