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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Hatem Bazian [Hatem Ahmad Bazian] is the founder of the anti-Israel organizations Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and American Muslims for Palestine (AMP).

Bazian is a lecturer in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), where he founded the Center for the Study of Documentation of Islamophobia. He has claimed that pro-Israel advocates are the primary source of Islamophobia in the United States.

Bazian is also the Provost, co-founder and faculty member of Zaytuna College for Muslim Studies (Zaytuna). As a graduate student, he headed the General Union of Palestinian Students (GUPS) at San Francisco State University (SFSU) as well asthe Muslim Students Association (MSA) at UC Berkeley.

Bazian is a leader within the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement. He declared September 23, 2014 an “International Day of Action” to call for a complete boycott of Israel on campuses across the United States on the eve of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah.

Bazian has linked the “liberation of Palestine” with Muslim theology and has reportedly promoted a verse in the Hadith calling for the murder of Jews to establish the “Islamic State of Palestine.”

Bazian writes prolifically against Israel, publishing his work on his personal website and in other online sites including Mondoweiss and Electronic Intifada. He is the author of an anti-Israel book titled “Palestine … it is something colonial”.

Spreading Hatred of Jews at SFSU

As a graduate student at San Francisco State University (SFSU) in the 1980’s, Bazian fomented an anti-Semitic environment that persists at SFSU until today.

Bazian served as president of SFSU Associated Students, the Student Union Governing Board and GUPS.

As president, Bazian waged a “campaign” against Hillel and blocked the appointment of a Jewish student to SFSU’s Student Judicial Council “on grounds that the individual supported the state of Israel and was therefore, by definition, a racist.”

In 1994, Bazian organized a press conference to support an anti-Semitic mural that depicted Malcolm X’s face surrounded by dollar signs, stars of David, skulls and crossbones and the words “African blood.” Jewish students were forcibly excluded from the event.

Bazian also reportedly assaulted the offices of SFSU’s student newspaper for being a “haven for Jewish spies.”

Under Bazian’s leadership, GUPS rejected an invitation from SFSU’s Jewish Student Action Committee to forge a “peace treaty” during the first intifada.

After graduating from SFSU, Bazian continued his studies at UC Berkeley, where he headed the campus MSA and founded SJP in 2001.

At a July 2014 anti-Israel rally, surrounded by current GUPS SFSU members, Bazian accused Israel of committing “genocide”

Calling for an American “Intifada”

At an April 2004 rally held in San Francisco in support of the Iraqi insurgency, Bazian called for an “intifada” [violent uprising] in the United States.

Bazian asked the crowd: “Are you angry? Are you angry? Are you angry? 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…they’re gonna say it’s some Palestinian being too radical, well you haven’t seen radicalism yet!”

During a 2014 anti-Israel rally, Bazian stated that “we need to give them [the U.S. political leadership] [a] genetic mutation and constitute a Palestinian spine for them… we need to harass them.”

Using the Holocaust to Promote Anti-Semitism

In 2011, Bazian headlined a national speaking tour called “Never Again for Anyone” — launched on International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The tour was organized by the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN), the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) and AMP.

According to an official statement by IJAN, the goal of the tour was to reveal how Zionists “exploited Nazism” and the genocide of European Jewry to build a Jewish state.

Another goal of the tour was to analogize Zionists with Nazis by comparing Gaza to the Warsaw Ghetto.

During a 2016 talk to promote his book — “Palestine… It Is Something Colonial” — Bazian argued that European Zionists “partnered with anti-Semites rather than actually challenging the basic assumption of anti-Semitism” by fleeing Europe and founding a Jewish state.

Anti-Semitic Conspiracy Theories

During a 2014 speech, Bazian implied that the United States Congress is controlled by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), suggesting that AIPAC “bought” Congress and dictates American foreign policy.

Bazian then referred to the U.S. Congress as “Israeli-occupied territory.”

In another 2014 video for an “educational initiative,” Bazian stated that the American “political leadership is beholden to a particular political influence in this country named AIPAC” that has “almost a stranglehold on a particular aspect of our decision making abilities” in order to maintain a particular world order.

In 2002, after 79 SJP members were arrested for illegally occupying a campus building, Bazian organized a counter-demonstration to protest their arrests. During his speech, Bazian allegedly pointed towards Jewish-sounding donor names engraved on school buildings and said: “Take a look at the type of names on the buildings around campus — Haas, Zellerbach — and decide who controls this university.”

Fundraising for Terrorists

In 2004, Bazian was a featured speaker at a fundraising event titled “Palestinians in Agony!” for KindHearts for Charitable Humanitarian Development (KindHearts).

KindHearts dissolved in 2011 after the U.S. Treasury discovered that it was funneling funds to the terrorist organization Hamas.

Rewriting History

Bazian has stated that he seeks to “rewrite parts of history” in his 2016 book “Palestine… It Is Something Colonial.”

On June 3, 2017, Bazian tweeted that “Israel provoked the Six-Day War in 1967, and it was not fighting for survival”

On December 20, 2016, Bazian tweeted that “Historical evidence does not support Zionist claims re the Western Wall”

SJP

SJP was co-founded in 2001 at the University of California at Berkeley (UC Berkeley) by Professors Hatem Bazian and Snehal Shingavi. Bazian served as president of the General Union of Palestinian Students (GUPS) while studying at San Francisco State University (SFSU) and headed the Muslim Students Association (MSA) while earning his M.A. at UC Berkeley. In 2004, while thesecond intifada was already winding down in Israel, he called for an intifada in the United States.

Shingavi, an activist tied to the International Socialist Organization (ISO), has been criticized for using his literature course as a vehicle for promoting anti-Israel propaganda. SJP has grown to become the primary student movement advancing the Palestinian national agenda on North American campuses and is the primary force behind BDS campaigns at most schools.

SJP activists frequently intimidate and harass Jewish and pro-Israel students. SJP members have physically assaulted Jewish students, aggressively disrupted pro-Israel events and possibly vandalized communal property. SJP 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 chapters frequently run inflammatory campaigns against Israel, including BDSresolutions, rallies, Israel-Apartheid initiatives, propaganda comparing Israel to Nazi Germany, mock checkpoints and “die-ins.”

SJP chapters regularly host individuals linked to terrorist activity and speakers who use language considered anti-Semitic by the U.S. State Department.

AMP

The American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) was founded by UC Berkeley Professor Hatem Bazian as a vehicle to generate mainstream support in the United States for the Palestinian national cause. On its website, the organization lists Bazian as the chairman of its national board and describes itself as “a national education and grassroots-based organization, dedicated to educating the American public about Palestine and its rich cultural, historical and religious heritage.”

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has accused AMP of promoting “extreme anti-Israel views and has at times provided a platform for anti-Semitism under the guise of educating Americans” about Palestinians. The ADL further stated that AMP is directly involved in campus-based anti-Israel activity through Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP).

Prior to founding the AMP in 2006, Dr. Bazian had created SJP together with fellow UC Berkeley Professor Snehal Shingavi in 2001. The close working relationship between AMP and SJP has been documented several times over the years by several organizations, including NGO Monitor and StandWithUs.

In addition to providing financial, public relations and legal assistance to SJP, AMP has also been accused of having connections to Hamas. The AMP national board includes former members of both the Islamic Association of Palestine (IAP) and Holy Land Foundation (HLF), both of which were found liable for aiding and abetting Hamas. The IAP itself was founded by Mousa Mohammed Abu Marzook, current Deputy Chief of the Hamas Political Bureau and, according to the Associated Press, the terror organization’s number two political leader.

BDS

The BDS movement was founded in 2005 by Omar Barghouti and asserts that it “works to end international support for Israel’s oppression of Palestinians and pressure Israel to comply with international law.”

BDS initiatives include compelling institutions and individuals to divest from Israeli-affiliated companies, academic boycotts, anti-Israel rallies and protests.

The movement’s most notable achievement has been the infiltration of university campuses through lobbying for “BDS resolutions.” In these cases, backed by university anti-Israel affiliates, student governments have brought to vote on some form of boycott of — or divestment from — Israel and Israeli-affiliated entities. These resolutions, although non-binding, have been passed by student governments on numerous North American campuses.

BDS activity is often aggressive and disruptive. It has been noted that universities that pass BDS resolutions see a marked increase in anti-Semitic incidents on campus. In 2013, when the student government of the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) debated a BDS resolution, reports emerged of violent threats and the spitting on a student wearing a Star of David necklace. As a result, the student government chose to vote via a “secret ballot” in order to ensure its members’ safety.

MSA

The MSA was established by members of the Muslim Brotherhood in January 1963 at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, with the goal of “spreading Islam as students in North America.” A 2004 FBI investigation uncovered an internal Muslim Brotherhood document in which a brotherhood leader identified the MSA as “one of our organizations.”

With nearly 600 chapters located in the United States and Canada, the MSA is the most visible and influential Islamic student organization in North America, boasting conferences, special events, publications, websites and other activities.

The organization includes a number of previous chapter presidents with explicit links to terrorist groups. Included are al-Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki (Colorado State University), Somali al-Shabaab militant leader Omar Shafik Hammami(University of South Alabama) and Pakistani Taliban recruiter Ramy Zamzam of the MSA’s Washington, D.C. council.

Local MSA chapters regularly invite controversial speakers to their campuses. At a 2003 MSA event sponsored by Al-Talib, the MSA-founded Muslim student newspaper, guest speaker Imam Abdul-Alim Musa said, “When you fight [the U.S.] you are fighting someone that is superior in criminality and Nazism … the American criminalizer is the most skillful oppressor the world has ever known…”

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