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San Francisco State University prides itself as a university “known for its commitment to excellent teaching.”  As part of its commitment to “excellent teaching,” SFSU offers a minor in “Race and Resistance Studies.” The program features courses like “Palestine: Ethnic Studies Perspective” and “Islamophobia: Roots, Development, and Contestation of Hatred.” These courses, which masquerade as legitimate academic studies but in reality amount to nothing more than base propaganda and Israel-hate fests, are taught by a pernicious character named Rabab Abdulhadi.

 Rabab Abdulhadi

Rabab Abdulhadi

Abdulhadi, a terrorist supporter as well as a supporter of the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, embodies all that is wrong with radical elements of academia who have all but hijacked the social science and humanities fields. Her obsessive focus on Israel and monomaniacal demonization of the Mideast’s only democracy betray a troubling pattern of Judeophobia and overt anti-Semitism.

But adopting Nazi-like boycott tactics is insufficient for professor Abdulhadi. She advocates other forms of resistance, aka terrorism, against the so-called “colonizers.” Consider her screed on an online forum where she discusses “resistance” and “liberation” and notes that the adoption of the BDS tactic “is often misunderstood as a condemnation of Palestinian armed resistance or a disowning of those who sacrificed their lives in the struggle.” Abdulhadi’s implication is clear; boycotts must be employed side-by-side with violence and “armed struggle.”

But Abdulhadi’s malevolence does not end there. In classic anti-Semitic fashion, she attempts to eviscerate any Jewish nexus to historic Israel by absurdly referring to Jews who were born in pre-state Israel as “Arab Palestinian Jews,” erasing any form of independent Jewish identity.

Abdulhadi refers to the Palestinian charter which she claims calls for a “secular democratic state in Palestine.” Here she demonstrates her true ignorance, repeating the lie propagated by Rashid Khalidi and other charlatans of similar background. The Palestinian charter never has and does not call for a “secular democratic state.”  Historian Benny Morris notes that the Palestinian charter was amended in 1968 but the amendment was limited to extending “non-Arab citizenship in a future Arab-liberated Palestine to ‘Jews who had normally resided in Palestine until the beginning of the Zionist invasion.’” Those who arrived after 1917 would be ethnically cleansed, leaving the “privilege” of citizenship to a trickle of fortunate centenarians.

There is no level that Professor Abdulhadi will not stoop to defame and disparage the Jewish State, including engaging in outright mendacity.  In 2014 Abdulhadi gave a speech to a pliant audience where she claimed that Israel turned Arab mosques into bars, looted churches and desecrated Muslim cemeteries. Of course this is hogwash and Abdulhadi offers not a scintilla of credible evidence to back up her outrageous claims.

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Manufacturing ‘Islamophobia’ at UC Berkeley

razieh20100831063916560By Cinnamon Stillwell

Scholars of the Middle East would do well to follow the lead of the Associated Press (AP), which last year struck the political term “Islamophobia” from the new edition of its widely used Stylebook, explaining that “‘-phobia,’ an irrational, uncontrollable fear, often a form of mental illness should not be used in political or social contexts, including ‘homophobia’ and ‘Islamophobia.’” Given that the word was invented in the early 1990s by a Muslim Brotherhood front organization, the Northern Virginia-based International Institute for Islamic Thought (IIIT), in order to silence critics of Islamism by branding them as irrational racists and hate-mongers—according to former IIIT member Abdur-Rahman Muhammad who was present at the time—AP made a wise decision.

In contrast, the field of Middle East studies—in partnership with organizations such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), an Islamist outfit linked by the United States government to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood posing as a defender of civil rights—has become one of the key proponents of the myth that “Islamophobia” is sweeping the nation. Professors of Middle East studies regularly use the phrase in both public lectures and the classroom, while producing books, op-eds, reports, and programs devoted to the promulgation of this deliberately misleading term.

At the forefront of this effort is the Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project (IRDP), a program of the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Race and Gender directed by Near Eastern studies senior lecturer and notorious anti-Israel activist Hatem Bazian. Bazian, co-founder of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), has links to Hamas through his work with KindHearts and through SJP’s sister organization, the Muslim Students Association. In addition to annual conferences devoted to the subject beginning in 2010 (information is available here and here), the IRDP produced the inaugural edition of its Islamophobia Studies Journal in late 2012.

As with IRDP conferences, the journal was fashioned in collusion with CAIR and Berkeley’s “Islamic University,” Zaytuna College. Zahra Billoo, executive director of CAIR’s San Francisco Bay Area chapter, and Zaid Shakir, Zaytuna College cofounder and senior faculty member, serve on its advisory board, along with controversial Oxford University Islamic studies professor Tariq Ramadan and University of California, Davis anthropology and women’s studies professor Suad Joseph. Editorial board members include Rabab Abdulhadi, San Francisco State University associate professor of ethnic studies and race and resistance studies, and a senior scholar in the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative;  Munir Jiwa, founding director and assistant professor of the Center for Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley; and Hatem Bazian. All share the dubious achievement of furthering the politicization of Middle East studies.

In keeping with the postcolonial, postmodern, racialist language that characterizes UC Berkeley’s Center for Race & Gender, the Islamophobia Studies Journal is filled with the sort of ideological jargon that radical academics habitually substitute for reasoned debate. In the table of contents and the editorial statement alone, terms such “Otherness,” “social justice,” “speak truth to power,” “racial formations,” “the Muslim Other,” “the ‘inferior’ global other,” and “Western epistemic racisms” numb the mind and deaden the senses. Ahistorical and culturally relativistic comparisons to the Jewish experience serve to comfort those inclined to view all “Others” in the same light. Bazian’s contribution, “Muslims – Enemies of the State: The New Counter-Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO),” paints Muslim-Americans as victims of a persecutory fervor he likens to anti-communism—a trope he has been hawking furiously since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

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