From 1999 to December 11, 2002, Barak Obama worked as the director of the Woods Fund Board. He granted funding to an Arab group that mourns the creation of Israel and thinks of it as a "catastrophe." The founder of this Arab group is Rashid Khalidi, professor from Columbia University. He is an extremely harsh critic of Israel and his statements are supportive of Palestinian terror. There he has worked on behalf of the PLO while it was involved in anti-Western terrorism and was labeled by the State Department as a terror group. It has been said that Rashid Khalidi is a friend of Obama.
Obama had taught at the U. of Chicago. He met Khalidi through his children. Their children went to the same lab school. Obama admits that Khalidi disagrees with a lot of Israel's policy. The two men worked together at the university. That's when Khalidi lectured there until 2003 while Obama taught law there from 1993 until his election to the Senate in 2004. They lived in a nearby residential area and the two families ate together many times. The Obamas were said to even have babysat the Khalidi children, so it sounds to me that they were fairly good friends.
Then in 2000 Khalidi had a successful fundraiser for Obama when he had a failure to get a seat in the US House of Representatives.
Obama's board was supposed to be a group that helped the disadvantaged. They managed to get a $40,000 grant for the Arab American Action Network, or AAAN. Khalidi's wife, Mona, was the president. They were awarded a second grant for $35,000 in 2002.
Another person on the board just happened to be the famed Weatherman William C. Ayers. The Weathermen were an American terrorist group who sought to overthrow the US government and were responsible for bombing the US Capitol in 1972. Ayers, who is still on the board, of course donated money to Obama's senatorial campaign. He is also a professor at the U. of Illinois at Chicago.
The headquarters of Obama's late employer is in the heart of Chicago's Palestinian immigrant community.
Obama is aware that his friendship with Khalidi has caused concern among American Jews. His defense is that so he knows him and has had a conversation with him who has very different views than his other friends . This should not make us think Obama is not sufficiently pro-Israel. He claims he is not guilty by association.
I say that Obama has been collecting many friends like Khalidi and that there is more to his association as expressed above than he has disclosed. And yes, I am worried about how much of his friend's philosophy has rubbed off with such an association.
Middle East studies in the News by Aaron Klein of WorldNetDaily http://www.campus-watch.org.