Hatem Bazian is a senior lecturer at UC Berkley in the Department of Near Eastern Studies who uses his authority over students to fulfill his personal racist and unethical agendas. Born in Nablus in the West Bank, Bazian attended high school in Amman, Jordan. He completed a double major in International Relations and Speech and Communication at San Francisco State University, as well as a M.A. in International Relations. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy and Islamic Studies from UC Berkeley in 2002.
While Bazian was a student at San Francisco State University, he was elected as president of the student union and participated in an assault on the offices of the Golden Gate student newspaper, accusing it of being full of “Jewish spies.” In addition, he ran a campaign against Hillel, the Jewish student organization on campus, which resulted in accusations that Bazian was exemplifying anti-Semitic behavior. Further evidence of his anti-Semitic agenda became clear when a controversial mural of Malcolm X containing dollar signs surrounded by Jewish Stars was painted on the student union building at San Francisco State. Bazian was an organizer of and a featured speaker at a press conference in support of the mural.
As a student at UC Berkeley, Bazian continued his agenda of spreading hatred and intolerance. He went on to head the Muslim Student Association (MSA), a student organization founded and initially funded by the Muslim Brotherhood and the Muslim World League, at Berkeley.
Bazian also co-founded "Students for Justice in Palestine" (SJP) while at Berkeley. This new group, founded in 2001, was intended to appear as a secular social justice movement whose agenda directly aligns with that of the Brotherhood terrorist organization. As of 2010, SJP has over 80 chapters on American universities. SJP activities include deploying makeshift checkpoints on campuses where its members yell, "Are you Jewish?" at passing students, when it disrupts Holocaust memorials and Jewish student concerts, as well as assaulting and intimidating Jewish students on campuses by putting eviction notices under their doors.
After earning a PhD from UC Berkeley, Bazian founded and became director of the Center for the Study and Documentation of Islamaphobia in 2009, a program at UC Berkeley’s Center for Race and Gender. He also began teaching. One student taking his course called “Asian American Studies 132AC: Islamophobia” wrote, “I’ve been told by one of my professors I will be required, as part of my grade, to start a Twitter account and tweet weekly on Islamophobia. I can’t help but feel this is unethical. This is his agenda not mine...There are 100 students in the class, all of us forced to create individual Twitter accounts. I’m not wholly clear on what our final project is yet (I find it very interesting that he excludes both the Twitter account requirement AND the final project from his official syllabus), but we have to meet with a group in San Francisco, and our class will be surveying people of color on the impact of some ads put out by (anti-Sharia blogger) Pamela Gellar.”
In addition to his role at UC Berkeley, Bazian is a visiting professor in Religious Studies at Saint Mary's College of California and UC Davis. He has also taught at San Francisco State University, Berkeley Graduate Theological Union, and Diablo Valley College. His courses include: Islam, Sufism, Arabic, Politics of the Middle East Islamic Law and Society, Islam in America: Communities and Institutions, De-Constructing Islamophobia and Othering of Islam, Religious Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies.
Bazian also co-founded Zaytuna College of California where he is Academic Affairs Chair and teaches Arabic and Maliki Fiqh. The college intends becoming the first accredited, four-year Muslim liberal arts college in the United States. The college, which has about a dozen faculty members, offers two majors: Arabic language and Islamic law and theology.
In 2011, Hatem Bazian led a national speaking tour called Never Again for Anyone. The event was a benefit for the virulently anti-Israel organization, the Middle East Children's Alliance (MECA). The purpose of the tour was to draw a connection between the Holocaust and the Arab-Israeli conflict, with Israelis cast as the new Nazis and "Never Again" transformed into the Palestinian rallying cry. The tour intentionally coincided with International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Most recently, Bazian, who has a long history of advocating for BDS and cutting US government tires with Israel, declared September 23, 2014—the eve before the Jewish new year—an “International Day of Action” and called for a complete academic and cultural boycott of Israel and of Jewish and Israeli on-campus organizations. The anti-Semitic nature of the day includes calls for: “No joint research or conferences with Israeli Institutions, No to University Presidents' Visits to Israel, No Campus Police Training or Cooperation with Israeli Security,” according to a Facebook page for the event. Baizan also demanded the elimination of all study abroad programs in Israel, and commanded his group to demand “No to University Coordination and Strategizing with the ADL, JCRC, AJC, Stand With US, ZOA, Israeli Consulate to Limit Students Pro-Palestine Constitutionally Protected Activities.”
Additional examples of Bazian’s anti-Semetic activities include:
- Bazian used an American Muslim Alliance conference in May 1999 to promote the Islamic State of Palestine, stating, “In the Hadith, the Day of Judgment will never happen until you fight the Jews . . . and the stones will say, ‘Oh Muslim, there is a Jew hiding behind me. Come and kill him!’”
- After a 2002 SJP rally at UC Berkeley resulted in the arrest of 79 protesters, Bazian spoke at a follow-up rally protesting the arrests. "If you want to know where the pressure on the university [to prosecute the demonstrators] is coming from, look at the Jewish names on the school buildings," he said.
- In May 2002, Bazian was the sole speaker at a two-day Middle Eastern "cultural assembly" at San Francisco's George Washington High School. The event’s rhetoric was so inflammatory that it generated formal letters of apology from the school administration to the public. The proceedings featured, for instance, a student singing a rap song comparing Zionists to Nazis while other students paraded with Palestinian flags in the background.
- At an April 2004 rally held in San Francisco in support of the Iraqi insurgency he called for violence against America (link to video), as he told the cheering crowd, “Are you angry? [Yeah!] Are you angry? [Yeah!] Are you angry? [Yeah!] Well, we've been watching intifada in Palestine, we've been watching an uprising in Iraq, and the question is that what are we doing? How come we don't have an intifada in this country? …and it's about time that we have an intifada in this country that change[s] fundamentally the political dynamics in here. And we know every — They're gonna say some Palestinian being too radical — well, you haven't seen radicalism yet!”
- In June of 2004, Bazian was featured in a KindHearts Fundraising Dinner, entitled 'Palestinians in agony!' In 2006 the organization was shut down by the US government and became listed as a specially designated terrorist organization for being a HAMAS front.
- At the 46th annual Islamic Society of North America conference, Bazian blamed Palestinian terrorism on Israel, saying: “The violence is not a genetic motivation or genetically defined in the Palestinians. The Palestinians don’t wake up in the morning and think, ‘Yeah, I’m inclined towards violence.’ The Palestinians when they woke up they see that their land has been taken from underneath them, that they have to go through five or six checkpoints before they get to go to school, that they are no longer able to use the hospital, that they are seeing a new settlement being built every other day, and they wake up in the morning and see that it’s a land grab day, all these factors, including the diminishing return of the so-called peace process.”
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