Americans for Peace Now Condemns Attacks on Rashid Khalidi
Washington, D.C. - Americans for Peace Now (APN) abhors and rejects the current character assassination efforts aimed at Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi.
Dr. Khalidi is a respected scholar, author and educator. Contrary to the allegations contained in these attacks, Dr. Khalidi is a longtime public supporter of Israeli-Palestinian peace and the two-state solution, and an opponent of violence and terror. His analysis has helped the world better understand the Palestinian historical and political narrative - understanding that is a requirement for the achievement of Israeli-Arab peace - and has underscored both the challenges and the opportunities that exist for advancing a peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Last month APN called on both candidates and campaigns to keep Israel and the peace process out of any partisan rhetoric in the race for the White House. We noted that “during U.S. elections there are often people both inside and outside the presidential campaigns who want to play politics with the issue - using Israel to score political points for themselves or against their opponent.” We warned that doing so represented “a cynical tactic that comes at the expense of the best interests of both the U.S. and Israel.”
This latest smear campaign against Professor Khalidi is exactly the kind of tactic we warned against.
APN is a non-partisan, Jewish, Zionist organization dedicated to enhancing Israel’s security through peace and to supporting the Israeli Peace Now movement.”