Obama To Give Medal Of Freedom To Mary Robinson:Host and Mastermind Of Durban I Conference. Connection: Columbia University and Rashid Khalidi

This ONE action should speak VOLUMES to the Jewish Community.

Did Obama’s pal Rashid Khalidi suggest this prestigious, highest non-military award given by any President, be given to Mary Robinson? 

In the United States, Robinson joined the faculty at Columbia University (Obama’s alma-mater). Rashid Khalidi is Professor of Middle East Studies at Columbia University.

So who is Mary Robinson? An enemy of Israel to begin, and the host and mastermind  of the first Durban conference.

Mary Robinson, an architect of the 2001 U.N. World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa, which was boycotted by Secretary of State Powell because the Bush administration deemed it too hostile to Israel, has been hired as a professor in the Department of International and Public Affairs by Columbia University. Other prominent antagonists of Israel on the Columbia faculty include Rashid Khalidi and Joseph Massad, who has declared Israel illegitimate as a Jewish state. Columbia has “become a hotbed of Israel haters,” notes the president of the Zionist Organization of America, Morton Klein. 

Discover Mary Robinsons’ network HERE

The bestowing of the Medal of Freedom on Mary Robinson is a travesty. Beyond that, it is a slap in the face to the pro-Israel community. Obama just met with the leaders of a collection of Jewish groups, ostensibly to quell their concerns about his approach towards Israel. Barely two weeks later, he gives an award to a person who has actively campaigned against Israel. Is this just a sign he couldn’t care less about what those leaders think or feel?


Robinson is an ardent foe of Israel and was the Commissioner of the U.N Human Right Commission when it condoned suicide bombing by the Palestinians as a legitimate means to establish a Palestinian state. As Jennifer Rubin points out in her blog at Commentary Contentions, Robinson has a pattern of anti-Israel actions stretching across many years (and continents).


You may remember her role in presiding over the infamous Durban I Conference. At the time she joined Rashid Khalidi at Columbia University (no, you can’t make this up), this report summarized the objections to her hiring, given her record in overseeing the infamous Israel-bashing event:

Columbia has “become a hotbed of anti-Israel haters,” said the president of the Zionist Organization of America, Morton Klein. “It’s especially astonishing that a school with such a large Jewish population would insult Jewish people by hiring these haters of the Jewish state of Israel.”

The groups also blame Ms. Robinson for allowing the Durban conference to become a global platform for anti-Israel venting. Ms. Robinson, as the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, rejected many American demands to remove anti-Israel language from final conference documents.

“Under Mary Robinson’s leadership the Human Rights Commission was one-sided and extremist. In her tenure at the HRC, she lacked fairness in her approach to the Israeli/Palestinian issue,” said the chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, James Tisch. “I am hopeful — for the sake of her students and the reputation of Columbia — that as she enters the world of academia she will demonstrate more balance in her views.”

Recently deceased congressman and human-rights champion Tom Lantos had this to say:

Mary Robinson’s lack of leadership was a major contributing factor to the debacle in Durban. Her yearning to have a “dialogue among civilizations” blinded her to the reality that the noble goals of her conference had been usurped by some of the world’s least tolerant and most repressive states, wielding human rights claims as a weapon in a political dispute.

But Durban was not the only blot on her record. As Michael Rubin pointed out in this 2002 column, in her capacity as president of Ireland, she also happily provided millions of dollars of support to the PLO, which were used in terror attacks:

During the last four years of Robinson’s tenure, the European Union donated large sums of money to the Palestinian Authority. Ireland even held the presidency of the European Union for the second half of 1996. During this time, Arafat siphoned large amounts of European aid money away to pay for terror. Robinson can plead ignorance, but documents seized during the recent Israeli incursion into the West Bank revealed that the Palestinian Authority spent approximately $9 million of European Union aid money each month on the salaries of those organizing terror attacks against civilians. While European officials like Robinson looked the other way, the Palestinian Authority regularly converted millions of dollars of aid money into shekels at rates about 20 percent below normal, allowing the Palestinian chairman to divert millions of dollars worth of aid into his personal slush fund.

And then in her post-Durban career, she proceeded on the same Israel-bashing course that has made her infamous among supporters of Israel:

Robinson’s post-Durban record is little better. On April 15, Robinson’s commission voted on a decision that condoned suicide bombings as a legitimate means to establish Palestinian statehood (six European Union members voted in favor including, not surprisingly, France and Belgium). The vote came after Robinson initiated a drive to become a fact finder to investigate the now-famous massacre in Jenin (also known as “the massacre that never happened”).

There are no words to describe how atrocious a selection this is. But it does speak volumes about the president’s sympathies.


Obama, Ayers and Khalidi share the same views. That is why they worked so well together at the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC), funding  the likes of Mike Klonsky, a fellow SDS and Maoist associate of Ayers who, as Steve Diamond relates, used to host a “social justice” blog on Obama’s campaign website. With Obama heading the board of directors that approved expenditures and Ayers, the mastermind running its operational arm, hundreds of thousands of CAC dollars poured into the “Small Schools Workshop” — a project begun by Ayers and run by Klonsky to spur the revolution from the ground up.

Precisely because they shared the same views, Obama and Ayers also worked comfortably together on the board of the Woods Fund. There, they doled out thousands of dollars to Jeremiah Wright’s Trinity Church to promote its Marxist “black liberation theology.” Moreover, they underwrote the Arab American Action Network (AAAN) founded by Rashid Khalidi, a top apologist for Yasser Arafat. As National Review’s David Pryce-Jones notes, Khalidi once directed WAFA, the terrorist PLO’s news agency. Then, like Ayers, he repackaged himself as an academic who rails at American policy. The AAAN, which supports driver’s licenses and public welfare benefits for illegal aliens, holds that the establishment of Israel was an illegitimate “catastrophe.”


Khalidi, who regards Israel as a “racist” “apartheid” state, supports Palestinian terror strikes against Israeli military targets. It’s little surprise that he should be such a favorite of Ayers, the terrorist for whom “racism” and “apartheid” trip off the tongue as easily as “pass the salt.”

And it’s no surprise that the like-minded Obama would be a fan. Khalidi, after all, has mastered the Arafat art of posing as a moderate before credulous Westerners while (as Martin Kramer documents) scalding America’s “Zionist lobby” when addressing Arabic audiences. The Obama who decries “bitter” Americans “cling[ing] to guns or religion” when he’s in San Francisco but morphs into a God-fearing Second Amendment enthusiast when he’s in Pennsylvania — like the Obama who pummels NAFTA before labor union supporters but has advisers quietly assure the Canadians not to worry about such campaign cant — surely appreciates the craft.

Jennifer Rubin has an interesting observation. When Robinson headed the Human Rights Commission, James Tisch-the Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations-criticized her. The current Chairman of the Conference is Alan Solow-a supporter of Barack Obama’s during the campaign. Will he choose to speak up or stay silent?
This is a disgraceful award, considering the list of previous recipients who have, for the most part, stellar records of public service in a wide variety of endeavors.
But this is the moral universe that God Obama lords over.



Obama and Ayers not only demonstrated their shared view of Khalidi by funding him. They also gave glowing testimonials at a farewell dinner when Khalidi left the University of Chicago for Columbia’s greener pastures. That would be the same Columbia from which Obama graduated in 1983. 
We know precious little about Obama’s Columbia years, but the Los Angeles Times has reported that he studied under Said. In and of itself, that is meaningless: Said was a hotshot prof and hundreds of students took his comparative-lit courses. But Obama plainly maintained some sort of tie with Said — a photo making the Internet rounds shows Obama conversing with the great man himself at a 1998 Arab American community dinner in Chicago, where the Obamas and Saids were seated together.

Said had a wide circle of radical acquaintances. That circle clearly included Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn. When they came out of hiding in the early 1980s (while Obama was attending Columbia), Ayers took education courses at Bank Street College, adjacent to Columbia in Morningside Heights — before earning his doctorate at Columbia’s Teachers College in 1987.

The connection of Said, Obama, Ayers and Kahlidi HERE

Obama advisor wants talks with terrorists

The revelations about Obama’s relationship with Khalidi follows a recent WND article quoting Israeli security officials who expressed “concern” about Robert Malley, an adviser to Obama who has advocated negotiations with Hamas and providing international assistance to the terrorist group.

Malley, a principal Obama foreign policy adviser, has penned numerous opinion articles, many of them co-written with a former adviser to the late Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat, petitioning for dialogue with Hamas and blasting Israel for numerous policies he says harm the Palestinian cause.

Malley also previously penned a well-circulated New York Review of Books piece largely blaming Israel for the collapse of the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations at Camp David in 2000 when Arafat turned down a Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza and eastern sections of Jerusalem and instead returned to the Middle East to launch an intifada, or terrorist campaign, against the Jewish state.


In 2008, the Barack Obama presidential campaign severed its ties with Malley after the latter told the Times of London that he had been in regular contact with Hamas as part of his work for ICG.


On November 5, 2008, Middle East Newsline reported that Obama recently “had sent senior foreign policy adviser Robert Malley to Egypt and Syria over the last few weeks to outline the Democratic candidate’s policy on the Middle East.” The report added that Malley had “relayed a pledge from Obama that the United States would seek to enhance relations with Cairo as well as reconcile with Damascus.” “The tenor of the messages was that the Obama administration would take into greater account Egyptian and Syrian interests,” said an aide to Malley.



End note:


Obama is to give one of the highest awards, The Medal of Freedom to Mary Robinson, an enemy of Israel AND the host and mastermind of the Durban Conference (anti-Semitic, anti-Israel).

Is Obama hoping that Americans AND the Jewish community won’t notice? Does Obama think Americans and the Jewish community are morons?

Obama is joined at the hip to Rashid Khalidi, Bill Ayers and learned from Ed Said (deceased) AND has used Robert Malley as a foreign policy advisor.

Obama claims NO CONNECTION to Bill Ayers (someone who did something bad 40 years ago)……

Obama claims to have had dinner at Rashid and Mona Khalidi’s house.

Obama states he has severed ties with Robert Malley, YET the day after Obama WON the Presidential election, he sends Robert Malley to outline the President-elects Middle East policy to Egypt and Syria.

Obama professes he is PRO-Israel to AIPAC and any other Jewish organizations, yet has connections to Rashid Khalidi, Mary Robinson, Bill Ayers, Robert Malley, et.al….

Are the leaders and voters of the Jewish community being hoodwinked, boondoggled, rope-a-doped?




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  1. MARY ROBINSON has done a great deed and because of her hard work and persistence she was able to achieve this feet. she surely deserves the medal of honor.


    Funny finding you making these satements from Mumbai, the site of a terroist attack.

    You would be more credible to state such in your lauding of an obvious
    anti-Israel recipient (Mary Robinson) of the Freedom Medal award.



  2. “Funny finding you making these satements from Mumbai, the site of a terroist attack.

    You would be more credible to state such in your lauding of an obvious
    anti-Israel recipient (Mary Robinson) of the Freedom Medal award.”

    I guess I’d better start by saying I’m writing this from London, which was also the site of a terrorist attack. But what’s that got to do with anything? How does something completely unrelated happening in the same town a person in commenting from affect credibility. If anything, by making your ridiculous comment, Romanticpoet, you’ve only served to damage yours.

    Mary Robinson and the office of the U.N Human Rights Commission have never condoned suicide bombings. Of course they haven’t. That’s a ridiculous claim. Can you show me one shred of evidence to suggest they have?

    Mary Robinson has only ever championed human rights for EVERYONE, which you seem to think only Jewish people are entitled to.

    Please see the following link, which proves she condoned no such suicide bombings:

    A very poorly written, misleading and biased piece.



    Nice. What you have actually NOT done is answer WHY Mary Robinson is Anti-Israel. Mary Robinson is also a dear friend of Samantha Power, an Obama advisor that dislikes Israel.

    Do YOU believe everything that the U.N. spews?

    Do YOU support Israel? Or are you for the destruction of that sovereign country?

    Do YOU…..believe that the UN is actually a non-discriminatory “League of Nations”? If so WHY do only a handful of nations have such STRONG veto power, i.e. Russia and China vetoing sanctions against Iran.

    Do YOU believe that there isn’t corruption within the U.N.? The “Oil for food program”, Maurice Strong, George Soros, etc.?

    Do YOU believe that the U.N.’s goal is to have control over the world?

    Do you believe the UN Human Rights Commission has been co-opted by Islam and their goal of Islamification of countries around the world? Resolutions have been offered by the OIC and other Islamic groups to put in place anti-defamation goals against those speaking out against Islam?

    Dhimmitude: http://www.dhimmitude.org/

    I personally against Global Socialism and am FOR the defunding and removal of the United Nations from U.S. Soil.



  3. By defending why she is anti-Israel would be acknowledging that she is anti-Isreal, which she isn’t. She may disagree with certain Israeli government policy, but that’s NOT the same as anti-Israeli.

    If a person said they disagreed with Obama’s foreign policy, does that automatically make them anti-American? Of course it doesn’t.

    Anyway, YOU’RE the one who made the claim that she condoned suicide bombs, therefore the ownness is on YOU to back that up with evidence, not on me to prove she didn’t.

    And I’ll answer your questions:

    – No I don’t believe everything the UN “spews”, nor do I believe everything the US, the UK, Israel, Russia, China..(the list goes on) spews. But you’re picking and choosing what to believe is genuine or not to suit your argument.

    – So my only options are to support Israel or want them destroyed? It’s not that black and white. I believe Israel is a legitimate country, with as much rights as the countries around them, no more, no less. And as such they’re open to scrutiny on their policies just like every other country.

    – As for all your questions on the united nations, the UN trying to take over the world? As much as I find that a ridiculous concept, it’s not what we’re talking about here.



    Mary Robinson helped to create Durban I conference.

    Mary Robinson, an architect of the 2001 U.N. World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa, which was boycotted by Secretary of State Powell because the Bush administration deemed it too hostile to Israel, has been hired as a professor in the Department of International and Public Affairs by Columbia University. Other prominent antagonists of Israel on the Columbia faculty include Rashid Khalidi and Joseph Massad, who has declared Israel illegitimate as a Jewish state. Columbia has “become a hotbed of Israel haters,” notes the president of the Zionist Organization of America, Morton Klein.

    Everyone is allowed to have their views either pro or con.

    By your defending Mary Robinson by attaching a link to the U.N. makes one think you are PRO Mary Robinson and PRO U.N. Find me another website that is NOT Progressive, Socialist or Communist lauding Mary Robinson and I will consider it.



  4. I’m a little (well, a lot) behind in the Tea Party’s undying defense of Israel, when I see so much anti-semitism in their ranks.

    Seems like it’s just a question of an ally in the nearby oil fields. If not, please let me know the history. I assume it’s “not because the Jews killed Jesus.”


    Wow Karen, did I take your comment as an Anti-Israel one?

    Why does any conversation about Israel and their continual defense of their land turn to oil?

    A Roman, Pontius Pilate ordered the death of Jesus.

    The only anti-semitism I have witnessed comes from Progressive Democrats,the Muslim Brotherhood and Ahmadinejad of Iran.

    Where do YOU stand in this?


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