Juan Cole defends Khalidi:

McCain's and Palin's attacks on Khalidi are frankly racist... Khalidi was not, as the schlock rightwing press charges, a spokesman for the Palestine Liberation Organization. He was an adviser at the Madrid peace talks, but would that not have been, like, a good thing?

Scott Horton likewise comes to Khalidi's aid. I've posted other views here. Jeffrey Goldberg posts here. I haven't read enough of or about Khalidi to say either way, to be honest. But I really don't see how this is a critical issue in this election either.

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