CORRECTION: Rashi Khalidi and the AUT boycott of Israel

No, the Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia didn’t actually sign teh petition, though he is opposed to the boycott.

Jeff Weintraub, organizer of the petition against the proposed boycott of two Israeli universities by the UK’s Association of University Teachers, informs me that my post in praise of Prof. Rashid Khalidi’s decision to sign the anti-boycott petition was based on a hoax. Prof. Weintraub writes:

Prof. Khalidi has indicated on several occasions that he is opposed to the present AUT boycott decision, so his signature on the petition did not seem implausible on the face of it (though, of course, opposition to this boycott does not necessarily imply agreement with the petition). I also thought I had taken adequate measures to ascertain that his signature was not forged. However, this was not the case. In response to my most recent e-mail query, Prof. Khalidi has informed me (a) that he does oppose this boycott, but (b) he does not often sign petitions, and (c) he did not sign this one.

Too bad. But I’m still glad to hear that Prof. Khalidi is opposed to the boycott.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com