A UC Berkeley professor called for “intifada,” a word referring to the violent uprisings by Palestinians against Israelis, costing thousands of lives.
Hatem Bazian is an ethnic studies professor at UC Berkeley. Given the reputation the university has garnered for shutting down conservative speakers, you might expect the professor to be pro-Palestine and anti-Israel. But Bazian isn’t merely voicing his opinion on the Israel-Palestine conflict; he is inciting violence.
The professor shared this meme:
— Ron Hughes رون هيوز (@wherepond) July 31, 2017
On Tuesday, Bazian deleted the tweet of this completely unsubstantiated meme, apologizing and saying he “did not realize or read the full text in detail” before sharing it. Given his long history of harboring anti-Israel views, we think not. The professor has claimed that Zionists collaborated with the Nazis and pushed anti-Semitism.
Bazian also chairs American Muslims for Palestine, which was founded by some former members of a group that donated $12.4 million to Hamas. Speaking on a panel, the professor said “at least part of the project that we are engaged in, is to rewrite parts of history that we are concerned about.”
But rewriting history doesn’t seem so crazy to postmodernists, who distinguish between the past and history, which they define as the story told about the past.
The leaders of tomorrow are uncritically swallowing and parroting left-wing talking points, they sound an awful lot like followers. And who are their leaders? Professors like Bazian who incite violence and demonstrate reckless disregard for the truth.
Leftists Cannibalize Themselves Over Israel-Hatred
Former Drexel University professor and current New York University scholar George Ciccariello-Maher, who tweeted “all I want for Christmas is white genocide” and blamed the Las Vegas massacre on the “white supremacist patriarchy” fought with Senator Bernie Sanders over Israel. The senator said:
“Over 50 killed in Gaza today and 2,000 wounded, on top of the 41 killed and more than 9,000 wounded over the past weeks. This is a staggering toll. Hamas violence does not justify Israel firing on unarmed protesters.”
That wasn’t good enough for the professor, who responded “What ‘Hamas violence,’ you fucking coward?”
Well I’ll tell you what Hamas violence, Georgie. The terrorist group mobilized Palestinians by the tens of thousands to attack Israel with everything from kite bombs and molotov cocktails to rocks and meat cleavers. Hamas purposefully inserts its members and weapons alongside even peaceful protesters, so when Israel attempts to neutralize those threats, civilian casualties are sometimes inevitable. Hamas is encouraged to cause the death of Palestinians that are attacking Israel’s border and those who aren’t because the media will spin it as Israel killing civilians.
But Ciccariello-Maher vs. Sanders wasn’t the only progressive in-fighting over Israel. Remember the scholar Steven Salaita? The University of Illinois withdrew its employment offer to Salaita after tweets in which the academic said “You may be too refined to say it, but I’m not: I wish all the fucking West Bank settlers would go missing” and “At this point, if Netanyahu appeared on TV with a necklace made from the teeth of Palestinian children, would anybody be surprised? #Gaza”
He sued the school after it turned him away and eventually settled for over half a million dollars. But Salaita harangued Rabia Chaudry, a vehement anti-Trumper who, amid anti-Israel remarks, said a few things he did not like. Salaita tweeted:
“[Rabia Chaudry] has nothing but mealymouthed bullshit to say about Israel’s latest massacre in Gaza (with which she is complicit). She saves her tough-talk for Palestinians who dare to criticize her violent careerism.”
ADL Whines About Anti-Semitism Watchdog
The ADL tweeted out a column by Pro-Israel students in Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin arguing against watchdog group Canary Mission by saying that a “blacklist of BDS supporters is hurting our efforts to defend Israel.” I’m not feeling this implication right off the bat that blacklists necessarily hurt anyone. They only have as much power as their readers give them. Anyway, the students say Canary Mission “uses intimidation tactics, is antithetical to our democratic and Jewish values, is counterproductive to our efforts and is morally reprehensible.”
“Intimidation” and “morally reprehensible” are subjective fluff, but do your democratic and Jewish values really not enable you to create and maintain lists online? No. The only thing that should matter here is how “counterproductive” Canary Mission’s tracking of anti-Israel bias is to your activism. So let’s look into that.
The students say Canary “promot[es] a negative perception of Muslims” and that they “view much of the rhetoric employed to villainize these individuals as hateful and, in some cases, Islamophobic and racist.”
Ok, pause. Exactly what rhetoric does Canary employ? Here’s one of the site’s profiles, this one for Nadera Masad of McMaster University. The only incendiary quotes on this page are Masad’s own words: “Death to America and all white people,” death to Israel and all Zionists,” “white people are the face of terrorism.” If it’s their own words, how can you accuse Canary of painting the negative perception?
Now, one reasonable concern these students have is that blacklists are pushing anti-Israel activism underground. Pro-BDS students at the University of Michigan and George Washington University used the prospect of ending up blacklisted to create secret ballots for BDS proposals so supporters of divesting from Israel couldn’t be identified. OK, but that’s the funny thing about stigma: it makes people want to seek anonymity. The more successful pro-Israel students are on campus, the more the anti-Israel lobby will be driven underground.
Pro-Palestine Student Says He’ll Throw Rocks At Jews
University of Houston student Tarek Abdoh is really excited to throw rocks at Jews, according to Canary Mission. University of Memphis student Nadeen Elayan is also really keen on committing assault, saying “I wanna throw rocks and shoes at the Jews.” And this isn’t some hollow, figurative reference like “go jump off a cliff.” Palestinians throwing stones at Israelis is extremely common and often results in injuries or even deaths. A situation like the one you just saw resulted in the smashing of a 5-month-old baby’s skull. And these aren’t just tiny pebbles, either. A Palestinian activist murdered an Israeli soldier by chucking a cement block at him.
Now, some pro-Palestine students are less specific in how they plan to hurt Jews. Milwaukee Area Technical College student Belal Abuasi simply tweets “Ima kill a Jew in a month.” He’s also a fan of the terrorist group Hamas, answering the question “do you support Hamas?” with “I support resistance so yes.” He also falsely claimed “Hamas refused to kill Israeli civilians.” In fact, Hamas has launched numerous suicide attacks and rocket strikes on Israeli civilians.
Next up we have Dima Jubara, a Valencia College Muslim student who has an uncanny passion for saying “God will kill the Jews.” July 2015, she informs the public “God will kill the Jews.” October 2016, she says “if I had a dollar for every time I’ve said God will kill the Jews.” November 2016, she opened up a bit about her personal life, saying “in this house we pray that God will kill the Jews.” And don’t think this hatred is confined to Jews. Pro-Palestinian students also seem to loathe whites, as evidenced by Jubara’s tweet right here. Students for Justice in Palestine activist Sabrina Ghaus of Tufts University tweeted “today i purposely tripped a white lady who literally could not see me because as a brown woman i don’t exist and am not human.”
Ladies and gentlemen, the tolerant left. Donald Trump’s usage of a six-pointed star when showing Hillary’s corruption becomes evidence of his rampant anti-Semitism to progressives, but utter silence from the left when their pet victims actually say they hate Jewish people and incite violence against them.
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