An initiative is under way to add an American ship to the effort to break the IDF blockade of Gaza. The vessel, to be named The Audacity of Hope after US President Barack Obama's best-selling book, is being organized by an American group called "US Boat to Gaza." It is expected to sail in the fall. The links to Obama do not end there. Prof. Rashid Khalidi, director of the Middle East Institute at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, and a friend from Obama's time in Chicago, is among the supporters of an appeal launched by the group last week. xxxx Obamas close friend, the rabidly anti-Israel professor Rashid Khalidi, is back in the news. The former PLO spokesman has signed an appeal for funds to outfit a ship that would join yet another attempt to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza. In the last such attempt several weeks back a contingent of Islamists and radical leftists, perversely identifying themselves as the peace flotilla and armed for hand-to-hand combat carried out a premeditated attack on the Israeli defense force that denied them passage.