No Arabs Need Apply

Go read this Spine item. Am I wrong or is Martin Peretz citing as his primary objection to giving Bill Shaheen a role in Middle East diplomacy that Shaheen’s family comes from Lebanon? Fascinatingly, his wife Jeanne Shaheen’s 2002 Senate campaign got a lot of backing from “pro-Israel” groups (I went up one weekend to volunteer and the woman coordinating the volunteers was on loan from AIPAC) and this site indicates she got a bunch of money because her GOP then-opponent, John Sununu, is, like her husband, an Arab Christian.