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Thursday, April 07, 2005

 

Khalidi aka 'This Guy' Dropped by NY DOE

Rashid Khalidi is a member of the prominant Palestinian Khalidi family, renowned for centuries for their scholarship.

"The Khalidi family name is one to conjure with. Not only is it synonymous with scholarship and pedigree, it is also a source of collective pride and part of the fiber of Jerusalem and its history. The Khalidis are among the city's oldest families: They have been in continuous residence since Jerusalem was recaptured by Saladin in 1187. But their presence there goes back further. On his latest visit to the library,this year, Conrad identified a manuscript authored by Muhammad Abdul Rahman ibn Abdul Aziz, a Khalidi resident of Jerusalem. The manuscript, transcribed by a copyist, is dated AH 608, or AD 1208, but Conrad notes that its author seems 'totally innocent of any knowledge of the Crusades'—from which he concludes that the original manuscript predates the crusades."

Rashid Khalidi has been dismissed from a Department of Education program to train New York City public school teachers in Middle East geography and demography. New York City Congressman and mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner offers his prescient view on Khalidi, "For my money this guy shouldn't even be teaching at Columbia, let alone being recruited to train our Board of Education teachers."

City Council person Simcha Felder, just another politician for integrity in academics refers to Professor Khalidi as "an abomination."

"The National Geographic–Roper 2002 Global Geographic Literacy Survey polled more than 3,000 18- to 24-year-olds in Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Sweden and the United States. Sweden scored highest; Mexico, lowest. The U.S. was next to last."

Doesn't appear as if those scores will be going up anytime soon.

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