Gerald A. Honigman About
Gerald A. Honigman
Gerald A. Honigman is a Florida
educator who has done extensive doctoral studies in Middle
Eastern Affairs, created and conducted counter-Arab propaganda
programs for college youth, lectured on numerous campuses and
other platforms, and has publicly debated many Arab spokesmen.
His articles and op-eds have been published in dozens of
newspapers, magazines, academic journals and websites all around
The Real Problem
with Obama's Khalidi
November 2, 2008
This is the
weekend when Americans set clocks back an hour for daylight savings
Thus, I guess it's only fitting that, given all the current fuss about
the Los Angeles Times's refusal to make public even a transcript
of Senator Obama's love fest with Professor Rashid Khalidi and his ilk
(no doubt, Jews included), I'll turn the clock back as well...but almost
You see, Fox News means well, and while most of the mainstream
media in general is either ignoring the story or downplaying it,
Fox--and even the McCain people themselves--miss the real
It's not that Obama indeed has far too many friends, advisors, admirers,
and so forth who are anti-Semites and/or anti-Zionists (not that there's
really a difference--one deliberately targets Jews for "special
treatment," the other, in a post-Holocaust world, carefully revises the
target to the Jew of the Nations), it's that those folks demand
that all others see justice only through their own eyes.
While I was a doctoral student decades ago, this problem was already
well under way.
Having to be employed full time for financial reasons while doing my
earlier, nicely progressing doctoral work at the Kevorkian Center For
Near Eastern Studies, a consortium of Princeton, Columbia, and New York
Universities based at NYU in the '70s, my bread and butter job later
required a move to the Midwest. As hindsight is always the best sight, I
realized later how huge a mistake that was...especially in those days.
The Kevorkian has since gone the way of Khalidi's Columbia and too many
other Middle Eastern Studies programs today.
Part of my Columbus-based job involved guest lecturing at dozens of
universities and colleges across a multi-state region to try to
minimally balance resident anti-Israel professors. The Mid East Studies
Association was already hijacked by Khalidi's buddies, and the only Jews
that got/get ahead were/are those who out-Arab the Arabs in their hatred
and vilification of Israel. In age when budgets were tightening, all
remembered who buttered their own bread as well...and this undoubtedly
affected what was and wasn't presented to students in the classroom.
Mucho bucks have been donated to such programs via the Arab
To simply get a somewhat fair--not "pro-Zionist'--hearing about
Israel, students are usually forced to take courses offered by the
resident Jewish Studies Department. And, as should be the
case--but in stark contrast to what will be described below--they will
get an honest appraisal of the imperfectly human quest of a resurrected
Let me present just a few personal examples...
Having been invited to be one of several presenters at a Columbus
Citizen-Journal-sponsored event before hundreds of people on the
Middle East regarding American foreign policy considerations in the
region, I prepared accordingly.
As I was slated to be the last to present, I listened carefully to the
others, but when I heard an Ohio State University professor switch gears
to present about how those nasty Zionists stole poor Arabs'
land--Obama's friend Khalidi's same line--I had no choice. I tore up my
presentation, threw it into the air, and unleashed both barrels in
After the presentation, I was approached by another professor who
introduced himself as a representative of OSU's Middle Eastern Studies
program. After a chat about where I did my earlier studies, he asked me
if I'd consider resurrecting my doctoral work. I laughed and asked him
if he had heard what I heard coming out of the mouth of his colleague.
Why would I put my fate into such an academic program's one-sided hands?
I was assured that there were others at OSU who could serve as my Ph.D.
dissertation advisor. On that note, while still working full time, I
Not wanting to drag this painful tale of woe out, let me just say that
my initial gut reaction proved to be all-too-correct.
The tenured chief honcho who covered the modern Middle East certainly
knew who buttered his bread...and into his hands I was placed.
While teaching advanced classes on Arab-Israel themes, he never once
mentioned such things as Britain's Colonial Secretary Winston
Churchill's crucial Cairo Conference of 1921. It was that Conference
which led to gift of almost 80% of the original 1920 territory of the
Mandate of Palestine to Arab nationalism in 1922 with the creation of
what would later be renamed Jordan. And the latter fact was never
mentioned as well...! This in a graduate studies class.
While also--but a bit more subtlety than Khalidi--promoting the theme of
nasty Zionists and the need to create Arab state # 22 (2nd, not
first, one in Palestine), Carter Findley never once mentioned the plight
of over thirty million Kurds who remain stateless to date, who
have been gassed and slaughtered by Arabs (and others as well), and who
had their one best chance at statehood aborted by a collusion of British
petroleum politics and Arab nationalism. My work on this subject can be
found on the recommended reference list of Paris's acclaimed Institut
d'Etudes Politiques--Science Po.
Indeed, the only time Findley ever mentioned Kurds at all was when he
mocked their plight in Turkey.
To his credit, the other professor ( I was his T.A.) invited me
to do a presentation to students on the Kurds. Notice, however, that he
too wouldn't touch this subject himself with a ten-foot pole.
Afterwards, the Arabs in class caused such a commotion that I caught
hell for merely presenting the plight of another non-Arab
people--besides Jews--who were seeking a tiny slice of justice in a
region proclaimed by Arabs to be purely Arab patrimony. The Arab
genocide against blacks in the Sudan, subjugation and murder of Copts,
Assyrians, Berbers, and so forth were going on back then as well...and,
again, not a peep out the Findleys, Khalidis, and their brother Hebrew
derriere-kissers and hypocrites over any of this.
As just one last personal example of the problem Obama's Khalidi-type
friends and advisors present, let me return to Findley's graduate
I'll never forget one Greek Orthodox woman who I'm sure has a great
position at some university today. I can't think of her name, but I do
remember her well.
Her idol was Hajj Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, who
spent World War II in Berlin at Hitler's side and organized a division
of Muslim Nazis, 'the Hanzar.' He also played a first-hand role in
instigating the genocide of Europe's Jews, Serbs and Gypsies. After
World War II, he actively recruited Nazi officers into Arab governments
of the Middle East.
When she presented her research on the Mufti at our doctoral seminar,
all the above was either white-washed or mostly ignored altogether...and
Findley, of course--her mentor and featured guest at her wedding--sat
through it all approvingly.
Now, contrast this with my own research about Ze'ev Vladimir Jabotinsky…the
man most responsible in the early Mandate era for Jewish defense against
Arab slaughter. Findley had no problem emphasizing his alleged "fascist
When it came time for me to prepare for the last leg of my doctoral
work, guess who was denied a dissertation advisor? So much for that
other professor's earlier assurance that not all teachers were of the
same "persuasion" of the one whom I shared a stage with that night in
Columbus. Wasted time, thousands of dollars, etc…Left hanging in the
wind, we moved to Florida not long afterwards.
The above is too often the story on campus these days as well.
A little bit of good news is that now there are at least
some watch dog organizations and endeavors like Professor Daniel Pipes's
Campus Watch and David Horowitz's Academic Bill of Rights.
Still, academia largely precedes full speed ahead, intimidating all who
dare to disagree and dismissing critics simply as right wing fanatics.
Israel continues to thus be placed under the high power lens of moral
scrutiny by academic practitioners of the double standard, and woe unto
all who beg to differ.
So, my friends, the above is the real problem with Osama's
Khalidi-type friends and associates.
Being "pro-Arab" is not the concern--as Fox, meaning well, has
nevertheless presented the case. At least they have made an issue of
Theproblem has always been that for Arabs, anyone
who claims that scores of millions of non-Arabs (whom Arabs once
conquered during their own imperialist expansions) also deserve a slice
of the justice pie in the region is by definition anti-Arab. There is no
justice other than Arab justice. To be pro-Arab one must demonize and
deny any others any justice at all.
Whether Obama's alleged statement about Israel's "genocide" against
Palestinians (Arabs by another name--most of whom came from
elsewhere) and other gems reported to be on that unreleased LA Times
video tape are true or not, Obama's admiration, association, and so
forth of, by, or with the likes of Farrakhan, Rezko,
Khalidi, Wright, Jackson, Brzezinski, Mr. Apartheid Israel
Peanut, Malley, Soros, McPeak, Khalid Al Mansour, etc. and so forth have
to be beyond coincidental.
And this should be the cause of real concern--even for those
all-too-many let's jump onto the cattle cars for relocation again