Update: Obama’s friendship with Khalidi, who calls Israel a “racist” state with an “apartheid system” and says America has been “brainwashed” by Israel

Rashid Khalidi is a supporter of the jihad against Israel. He is a Columbia University professor whom Hugh Fitzgerald terms a “long-time propagandist for the Arabs and quasi-academic engaged for decades in the ‘construction-of-the-Palestinian-identity’ project.” He is also not always honest about his own statements about this — and is apparently a close friend of Barack Obama.

The ever-vigilant Andrew McCarthy has details, via Stanley Kurtz, at The Corner/via JW