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October 17, 2011

Khalidi Lobs Another Canard into the Echo Chamber

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When Columbia professor Rashid Khalidi repeatedly promoted a hoax quote meant to impugn Israel, he left some of the world's largest newspapers holding the bag. The New York Times, LA Times and others eventually published corrections to the falsehood Khalidi had them print.

Fact checkers hoping to avoid a repeat might want to check out Martin Kramer's incisive deconstruction of the professor's latest misinformation campaign.

Khalidi, it seems, has taken to claiming that a man named Edward Gottlieb, "one of the founders of the modern public relations industry" and “the father of the American iteration of Zionism,” commissioned Leon Uris to write his famous novel Exodus in order to positively advertise Israel.

After investigating, Kramer concluded:

In sum, the Gottlieb “commission” never happened. Uris’s biographers dismiss it, Gottlieb’s most knowledgeable associate denies it, and no documents in Uris’s papers or Israeli archives testify to it. It originated as a boast by Gottlieb to another PR man, made almost thirty years after the (non-)fact. And given its origin, it’s precisely the sort of story a serious professional historian would never repeat as fact without first vetting it (as I did).

Yet it persists in the echo chamber of anti-Israel literature, where it has been copied over and over.

Posted by GI at October 17, 2011 03:00 PM

Comments

Columbia University? Isn't that the same place that hosted Achmidinijan (excuse my spelling). Professors like Khalidi, who are plants of Saudi Arabia and their "middle east studies chairs" are the reason our young people come out of college hating Israel.

Posted by: Ron kall at October 17, 2011 09:20 PM

Of course this is Mr. Obama's dear friend that he joined at a anti Israel meeting. Will the LA Times ever allow the video to be seen of the two of them enjoying dinner side by side and hugging?

Posted by: Lou Adams at October 24, 2011 01:02 PM

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