University of California - Berkeley
Hatem Bazian is a professor of Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the co-founder and assistant professor at Zaytuna College, which is the only accredited American college in which the curriculum is based on Islamic fundamentals. Bazian’s resume is littered with antisemitic and pro-terror incidents, both on and off-campus.
When attending San Francisco State University, Bazian accused the student newspaper of being infiltrated by “Jewish spies,” and allegedly denied Jewish students jobs while serving as Student Body President, claiming their support of Israel exhibited their racism.
Bazian’s activism grew more militant with time. At an Islamic conference in 1999, he was quoted by the Detroit Free Press reciting an Islamic Hadith calling for the slaughter of Jews.
After 79 members of Students for Justice in Palestine were arrested for disrupting a Holocaust memorial, Bazian asserted that the university’s actions were racially motivated. During the subsequently organized protests, Bazain insinuated that powerful Jews controlled the University and orchestrated the arrests.
Bazian’s thinly veiled antisemitism is seamlessly interlaced with his anti-Israel demagoguery. A proponent of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, Bazian has called for the dismantlement of the state of Israel and has praised the terrorist group Hamas. Bazian openly called for a domestic insurrection within America. Calling the crowd to arms at a 2003 anti-war rally, Bazian called for an “Intifada” to start in America.
The Intifada was then in the midst of its third year of blood-soaked carnage in Israel. Before it abated in 2006, over one thousand men, women, and children would perish from sniper fire and suicide attacks on busses, markets, and restaurants. The most gruesome attacks included the public lynching and disembowelment of two Israeli soldiers, and the bombing of a Sbarro pizzeria, killing 15 civilians, including 7 children and a pregnant woman.
Extending to the classroom and beyond, Bazian has co-founded two anti-Israel groups: Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), and American Muslims for Palestine (AMP).
Bazian co-founded SJP with fellow professor Snehal Shingavi in 2001 in solidarity with Palestinian groups, as the Intifada raged in Israel. The group is known for its belligerent tactics and hostility towards Jewish and pro-Israel students on campus. SJP openly calls for the destruction of Israel and has never been shy about their support for Hamas. A student senator and member of SJP at UC Davis welcomed “Hamas and sharia law” to campus.
American Muslims for Palestine, of which Bazian serves as Chairman, is rooted in the now-defunct Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP). Facing scrutiny by the federal government over its ties to overseas jihadist groups, IAP ceased operations in 2003 to avoid prosecution. Many of the staff then reconstituted under the new banner of AMP with Bazian as Chairman. Screenshots from IAP’s former website show that the group openly encouraging Islamic terrorism and what can only be described as ethnic cleansing of Jews.
Bazian is a tenured professor at one of the world’s most prestigious colleges. Tens of thousands of students have passed through his classroom while accruing many thousands more in debt, over his many decades in academia. His radicalism isn’t hidden—Bazian has openly embraced and preached the most radical, violent, and bigoted positions imaginable and sought to inspire future leaders with those same values.