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Reader comment on item: Rashid Khalidi's Appointment at Columbia University

Submitted by Robert Arsenault (United States), Sep 2, 2003 at 19:20

Regardless of the professor's positions, what university wants to be represented by someone so unwilling to publicly respond to criticism and define his/her position?
How unfortunate it is that when the professor does consent to speak, he is so badly misunderstood (and repeatedly misquoted by major market news outlets) at the same crucial point in time that Islam, a well-known religion of peace, is being misunderstood.
Since the professor isn't interested in answering questions, perhaps he'd be interested in learning some new (to him) facts regarding the Israeli/Arab situation:
1) number of civilians targeted by Israel: zero.
2) wars end only when the loser understands that it's over.
Germans & Japanese would still be dying at American hands today if they hadn't capitulated years ago - would they be better off if they'd followed the Palestinian method?

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