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By Jeremy Schiffres, Daily and Sunday Freeman, Kingston, N.Y.

Friday, October 31, 2008

The eve of distraction

The latest anti-Obama tactic from the McCain camp is to scream from the rooftops that the Democratic presidential nominee is friendly with, and has publicly praised, a Palestinian man named Rashid Khalidi.

Khalidi, not surprisingly, is pro-Palestinian and anti-Israel, and the Republicans say Barack Obama’s association with him proves the Democrat can’t be trusted to continue the United States’ longtime support of Israel.

What the Republicans don't tell you is that when the organization Khalidi heads, called the Center for Palestine Research and Studies, received a $448,873 grant in 1998 from a group called the International Republican Institute, the IRI’s chairman was – do you see it coming? – United States Senator John McCain.

The hypocrisy boggles the mind.



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