Columbia Professor: Pro-Israel Figures Will ‘Infest’ Trump Government


By BB Portnoy

Pro-Israel figures will “infest” President-elect Donald Trump’s administration, a Palestinian-American Columbia University professor and notorious critic of the Jewish state declared this week.

“There are a group of people, a lot of them in Israel and some of them in the United States, who live in a world of their own,” Rashid Khalidi — the Edward Said professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia — stated during an interview aired by Chicago’s WBEZ 91.5 public radio station. “That is to say, they think that whatever they want and whatever cockamamie schemes they can cook up can be substituted for reality.”

“So they have a vision whereby the occupied territories aren’t occupied,” Rashidi continued. “They have a vision whereby there is no such thing as the Palestinians. They have a vision whereby international law doesn’t exist. They have a vision whereby the United States can unilaterally cancel a decision of the United Nations. And unfortunately these people infest the Trump transition team, these people are going to infest our government as of January 20th. And they are hand in glove with a similar group of people in the Israeli government and in Israeli political life who think that whatever they think can be imposed on reality.”

“Well they will live in that little bubble for as long as the Trump administration is here, but there’s going to be a rude shock awaiting them, because most Americans don’t feel that way,” Khalidi claimed.

(c) 2017 The Algemeiner Journal



  1. I sure hope so, because the Obama government has been infested with virulent anti-Semites for the past eight years.

    Turnabout is fair play. Get over it.

  2. Finally a State Department that doesn’t bow to the Arabist & Kings of the Middle East. Finally a govt that will recognize Muslim Brotherhood as a bunch of terrorists, thugs & murderers. Finally a govt that will recognize this is NOT A WAR of land rather a religious rebellion.

  3. That’s OK, Rashid.
    For the last eight years there was a Muslim in charge of this country.
    Oh, by the way, how are all those Springs working for your people?

  4. What a bout the Unitesd Nations that us highly infested with the Palestinian Arabs?? This , at least will be some semblance of an “equalizer”. The problem with people who are antisemites like you, believe in the new entity of the “Palestinians “. Their land all along was Jordan. History will illustrate this. Where was the Palestinian state BEFORE 1948???. Sorry professor , you are the one who has it all wrong. Time to review the history of the mid-east and you will realize the truth.

  5. unfortunately, he’s right at some things. With Trump as President, the right wing of Israeli politics thinks they can have whatever they want and they don’t have any regard for how that will be received here. Their arrogance and self obsession might cost the rest of us dearly.

    • Umm… Har Habeyes is integral to the Jewish people Jerusalem is integral to the Jewish people. And Israel should take as much of the homeland they can get. Do you disagree if you do you should reexamine your values. Not worrying what you percieve will cause what.
      Israel has a pivotal moment right now to do something that would change the course of history! Its like a redux to the damned decision moshe dayan made and hurt Israeli sovereignty still since he handed over those keys to that murderer the mufti!


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