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Hatem Bazian is a professor at the Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of California Berkeley. He is also a co-founder and faculty member of Zaytuna College for Muslim Studies.
Bazian was born in Nablus, in the northern West Bank of Israel, he went to high school in Amman, Jordan. He received his undergraduate degree in International Relations and Speech and Communication as well as his M.A. in International Relations from San Francisco State University (SFSU), and went on to receive his Ph.D. in Philosophy and Islamic Studies from UC Berkeley in 2002.
In the 1980’s, during his time at SFSU, Bazian was elected as President of the General Union of Palestinian Students (GUPS), an organization that was banned in Germany after the Munich Olympics massacre. Under Bazian’s leadership in 1987—when the First Palestinian Intifada was in high gear—the group rejected an invitation from SFSU’s Jewish Student Action Committee (JSAC) to forge a local “peace treaty.”
When a local artist in May 1994 defaced the SFSU Student Union building with a mural of the late Malcolm X’s face surrounded by dollar signs, stars of David, and skulls and crossbones, Bazian organized a press conference inside that very building to voice support for the mural. Jewish students were forcibly excluded from the event.
In 1995, when Bazian was a graduate student at UC Berkeley, he headed the campus Muslim Students Association (MSA), whose national umbrella organization (Muslim Students Association of the U.S. and Canada) was an outgrowth of the Muslim Brotherhood. The first MSA National chapter was formed in 1963 at the campus of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) with the Egyptian-based Muslim Brotherhood helping to establish the group and a Saudi Arabian charity, the Muslim World League, providing early funding for the group.
In 2009, he founded the Center for the Study of Documentation of Islamophobia, a research unit at the university dedicated to the systematic study of “Othering Islam and Muslims.” He is currently editor-in-chief of the Islamophobia Studies Journal, which he also founded.
In 2011, Hatem Bazian led a national speaking tour called Never Again for Anyone. The event was a benefit for the 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.
Most recently, Bazian, who has a long history of advocating for BDS and cutting US government ties with Israel, declared September 23, 2014 an “International Day of Action” to call for a complete academic and cultural boycott of Israel on September 23rd- the Eve before the Jewish New Year.
During his years with MSA, Bazian grew to believe that the organization’s open identification as a Muslim entity hampered its efforts to inspire widespread student interest and involvement. Thus in 2001 he co-founded the broader Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), that shed the explicit Islamic colors of the MSA and added a degree of separation from the Muslim Brotherhood. This new group was intended to appear as a secular social justice movement whose agenda however still aligned with that of the Brotherhood.
SJP runs targeted and well-orchestrated campaigns against Israel including Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) resolutions, Israel-Apartheid initiatives, drives comparing Israel to Nazi Germany, mock check-points, “die-ins” as well as rallies and protests.
SJP chapters regularly host speakers who engage in language considered anti-Semitic by the U.S. State Department. Events routinely include individuals and organizations who are linked to terrorist activity and call for violence against Jews.
SJP members frequently intimidate and harass Jews and pro-Israel students. SJP Members have physically assaulted Jewish students, possibly vandalized communal property and violently disrupted pro Israel speakers and events. SJP-run rallies regularly include hate-speech and chants such as”Long Live The Intifada” and “From the River to the Sea Palestine will be Free” — calls for violence and for the destruction of the Jewish State.
SJP runs inflammatory campaigns against Israel including Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) resolutions, Israel-Apartheid initiatives, drives comparing Israel to Nazi Germany, mock checkpoints and “die-ins”, as well as rallies and protests.
SJP chapters regularly host speakers who use language considered anti-Semitic by the U.S. State Department. Chapter events routinely include individuals and organizations linked to terrorist activity and call for violence against Jews.
Bazian founded and chairs the American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) which he created in order to assist and support the SJP.
In April 2014, the AMP hosted a fundraiser dinner praising Rasmieh Odeh, a convicted terrorist, who was directly responsible for the murder of two South African nationals in an Israeli grocery store bombing in 1969. Other event speakers included a Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood leader who led a Hamas-propaganda arm in the United States and a man listed as a member of the Palestine Committee, the Muslim Brotherhood’s umbrella organization of US-based Hamas-support groups.
The AMP’s first conference in 2006 featured several former members of the Islamic Association of Palestine (IAP). The IAP was named in a May 1991 Muslim Brotherhood document, “An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America” – as one of the Brotherhood’s 29 like minded “organizations of our friends” that shared the common goal of overturning America into a Muslim nation. The IAP itself was founded by Mousa Mohammed Abu Marzook, the Deputy Chief of Hamas Political Bureau, and according to the Associated Press, the current number two leader of Hamas.
The AMP board includes former members of both the IAP and Holy Land Foundation (HLF), both of which were found liable for aiding and abetting Hamas.
Notably, Bazian was a fundraising speaker for KindHearts and featured at a KindHearts Fundraising Dinner, entitled ‘Palestinians in agony!’ in June 2004. A virulently anti-Israel organization, KindHearts dissolved in 2011 after a protracted case against it by the US government under the claim that its funds were being funneled to Hamas. KindHearts assets were initially frozen after they were accused by the US treasury department of operating as a fundraising wing for Hamas. In 2006 the organization was closed by the US government and became listed as a specially designated terrorist organization for being a Hamas front. They entered in a plea bargain and agreed to dissolve on condition the organization would have its accounts unfrozen by the US federal government to pay legal fees and distribute funds to government approved receivers.
Hatem Bazian is currently a senior lecturer in the Departments of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, where he also sits on the steering committee of the Religion, Politics and Globalization Program.
He is director of the Berkeley-based Al-Qalam Institute of Islamic Sciences, which seeks to establish a systematic method for the study of Islam and to encourage action consistent with the mandates of the faith.
He is also co-founder, senior faculty member and Academic Affairs chair of Zaytuna College, a Berkeley-based liberal arts college that seeks to incorporate liberal arts and humanities into a traditional Islamic education curriculum by offering courses ranging from Arabic grammar and Islamic jurisprudence, to American history and literature. The college intends becoming the first accredited, four-year Muslim liberal arts college in the United States.
Bazian is on the board of several organizations, including the Muslim Legal Fund of America, which filed a motion to vacate the prison sentences of the five convicted Holy Land Foundation-affiliated defendants in late 2013, the Islamic Scholarship Fund, the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and American Muslims for Palestine (AMP).
In early 2014 a student in one of Bazian’s classes reported that Bazian was forcing students of his class to tweet about Islamaphobia in order to receive a grade. As of yet, no investigation nor action has been undertaken against Bazian in this matter.
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