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Gaza boat to be named 'audacity of hope'

Rashid Khalidi, a friend of President Obama's active in Palestinian causes, has signed an appeal for funds to send to Gaza an aid ship that would be named after the president's best-selling book, "The Audacity of Hope."

A group calling itself U.S. Boat to Gaza is seeking $370,000 in the next month to send the ship in an effort to thwart the Israeli blockade on the Palestinian enclave controlled by the militant group Hamas.

A number of other prominent individuals are listed as support the appeal, including Angela Y. Davis and Alice Walker.

"We turn to you to help make the U.S. boat, The Audacity of Hope, a reality. We must raise at least $370,000 in the next month," the appeal says. "These funds will be used to purchase a boat large enough for 40-60 people, secure a crew, and cover the licensing and registering of the boat. In addition, the funds will subsidize some other costs of sending a U.S. delegation. ... From the deck of The Audacity of Hope, we will be in a powerful and unique position to challenge U.S. foreign policy and affirm the universal obligation to uphold human rights and international law."

The group claims it has already received individual donations for as much as $10,000.

Khalidi, a Columbia University professor, briefly became the subject of controversy during the 2008 presidential campaign when the McCain camp tried to make an issue of what it asserted were Obama's suspect friendships. The news of Khalidi's involvement in the boat has already led the National Review to call for a Justice Department probe of the academic for providing material support of a terror group.

The White House did not immediately return a request for comment. In response to an e-mail asking whether the appeal is embarrassing to the president, Khalidi said that he was not aware the boat would be named after Obama's book when he agreed to add his name to the list of sponsors.

"But if the name is a problem for the administration, it can simply insist publicly that Israel lift the siege: end of problem, end of embarrassment," he wrote, "That of course would require it to respond to the systematic mendacity of those in Congress and elsewhere who support the siege, and indeed whatever else the Israeli government does."

Khalidi added: "I signed because the siege/blockade of Gaza, which is effectively supported by the United States, is a disgrace. I support the idea because it may cause the media to pay attention to the effective imprisonment and collective punishment of 1.5 million people who by the admission of Israeli officials, are being subjected to this ordeal in order to bring down their government. As the Goldstone Report suggested, this may rise to the level of a war crime, in which our country is complicit. That is truly embarrassing."

By Glenn Kessler  | July 20, 2010; 5:35 PM ET
 
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Yes some want to break the sea blockade to allow in more missiles. Send aid to Egypt or a Israel port so it can be inspected as long as Gaza has a terrorist government. Humas calls for the destruction of Israel in it's charter.

Personally I believe any American that supports that ship is aiding terrorist.

Remember the people of Gaza were dancing in the streets on 9/11. They loved the Ideal of 3000 dead Americans and children

Posted by: trdell1234 | July 20, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

It's a shame for US to support those who kill innocent people by shooting hundreds of the rockets to their homes.

In Gaza they don't need food or clothes. They have everything they need to leave and prosper. All they need is the concrete to build the tunnels to get more rockets and more guns to kill more Israeli children. Drop this idea of helping them. Don't get your hands dirty with the children's blood!

Posted by: Jalis | July 21, 2010 12:35 AM | Report abuse

"Khalidi, a Columbia University professor, briefly became the subject of controversy during the 2008 presidential campaign when the McCain camp tried to make an issue of what it asserted were Obama's suspect friendships."

You just have to love that sentaence. The only reason why Khalidi was "BRIEFLY the subject of controversy" is because the Washington Post and all the other far-left media deliberately spiked the story to help Obama.

Khalidi, an avowed anti-Semite who is a close friend to Obama, should have been investigated and reported on. But because of the Washington Post's JournoListic malfeasence, 99% of Americans probably never heard of him.

Now we have an anti-Semite who is a friend of the President openly coming to the aid of a murderous terrorist organizaion in a blatant attack on our ally.

Wahington Post must feel great pride that they enabled all of this anti-American behavior to happen.

Posted by: OxyCon | July 21, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

I commend Professor Khalidi for his courageous and noble stand to support the helpless people of Gaza. The Goldstone UN report clearly called Israel's actions in Gaza War Crimes and the ongoing blockade borders on a genocide of the Palestinian people. Let us have an even-handed humane stand on this conflict and let us call upon our government to end the Gaza blockade

Posted by: ESAMOMEISH | July 21, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Israel is holding ONE AND A HALF MILLION HUMAN BEINGS IN CAPTIVITY.

It has imprisoned them in a concentration camp.

The entire world should send ships to Gaza.

What are we waiting for??

Posted by: Rubiconski | July 21, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

"Palestinian enclave controlled by the militant group Hamas."

Hamas is not a "militant" group.

They are elected officials.

Maybe we should call our elected officials "militant".

Posted by: Rubiconski | July 21, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

The Koran is an impossible to understand text that was composed by hundreds of confused and superstitious zealots, the brightest of the holy cannot honestly agree on its meaning. Wealthy Arabs are causing bloodshed by bribing imams to place hatred into the mouth of Muhammad. Jewish bankers can outbid wealthy Arabs and change those angry words. Muhammad will then say “Jews are welcome because they are our brothers”, it would result in a Middle East peace.

Posted by: morristhewise | July 22, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Rubiconski | July 21, 2010 8:47 PM
"Palestinian enclave controlled by the militant group Hamas."

Hamas is not a "militant" group.

They are elected officials.

Maybe we should call our elected officials "militant".
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Is there a place in any of our political parties charters calling for the complete destruction of a country?? Think NOT !!

Humas charter calls for the destruction of Israel. That is fact.

The European Union, Israel, Japan, Canada, and the United States classify Hamas as a terrorist organization.

Both the classification as terrorist and their charter were in effect when elected.

Humas also used violence to take full control of Gaza.

Please get your fact in order.

Posted by: trdell1234 | July 22, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

to jalis(who is lawyer of murderer israel) You have to understand who is killer who is not. israel's government is killing innocent kids in Gaza.People in Gaza are protecting their country.İf you watch some news you will see they just murdered 19 years old American teen on aid ship. you just keep going to sleep..next days will be your turn. And sick minded israel will kill you guys without any hesitation. but you will not understand that anyway.actually you can not wash your bloddy hands because your are supporting government of terrorism

Posted by: msber34 | July 25, 2010 11:29 PM | Report abuse

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