They’re starting to pile up.
The board of a nonprofit organization on which Sen. Barack Obama served as a paid director alongside a confessed domestic terrorist, granted funding to a controversial Arab group that mourns the establishment of Israel as a “catastrophe” and supports intense , including providing drivers licenses and education to illegal aliens.
The co-founder of the Arab group in question, Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi, also has held a fundraiser for Obama. Khalidi is a harsh critic of Israel, has made statements supportive of Palestinian terror and reportedly has worked on behalf of the Palestine Liberation Organization while it was involved in anti-Western terrorism and was labeled by the State Department as a terror group.
In 2001, the Woods Fund, a Chicago-based nonprofit that describes itself as a group helping the disadvantaged, provided a $40,000 grant to the Arab American Action Network, or AAAN, for which Khalidi’s wife, Mona, serves as president. The Fund provided a second grant to the AAAN for $35,000 in 2002.
was a director of the Woods Fund board from 1999 to Dec. 11, 2002, according to the Fund’s website. According to tax filings, Obama received compensation of $6,000 per year for his service in 1999 and 2001.
Obama served on the Wood’s Fund board alongside William C. Ayers, a member of the Weathermen terrorist group which sought to overthrow of the U.S. government and took responsibility for bombing the U.S. Capitol in 1971.
Discover the Networks sums up Khalidi, thus:
- Controversial professor of Middle East Studies at Columbia University
- Holds violently anti-Israel views
- Former PLO operative
- Has justified as legitimate Palestinian “resistance” that results in death of armed Israelis
- Contends that “American Likudniks” control American foreign policy while posturing as a moderate
- Rejects the possibility of a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Much more on Khalidi at the Discover the Networks site.
Aaron Klein goes on:
AAAN co-founder Rashid Khalidi was reportedly a director of the official PLO press agency WAFA in Beirut from 1976 to 1982, while the PLO committed scores of anti-Western attacks and was labeled by the U.S. as a terror group. Khalidi’s wife, AAAN President Mona Khalidi, was reportedly WAFA’s English translator during that period.
Rashid Khalidi at times has denied working directly for the PLO but Palestinian diplomatic sources in Ramallah told WND he indeed directed WAFA. Khalidi also advised the Palestinian delegation to the Madrid Conference in 1991.
In case you were thinking that the Woods Fund donation to WAFA was just a one-time, incidental, run in with Obama, think again:
According to a professor at the University of Chicago who said he has known Obama for 12 years, the Democratic presidential hopeful first befriended Khalidi when the two worked together at the university. The professor spoke on condition of anonymity. Khalidi lectured at the University of Chicago until 2003 while Obama taught law there from 1993 until his election to the Senate in 2004.
Khalidi in 2000 held what was described as a successful fundraiser for Obama’s failed bid for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, a fact not denied by Khalidi.
Not surprisingly, Khalidi supports Obama for President.
Obama raised funds for the Palestinian Deheisha camp, described as a ‘Very active’ terror apparatus.