Al-Awda, Palestine Right to Return Coalition, is calling on all people of the conscious, free thinkers, and academic communities, to stand in solidarity to support Dr. Hatem Bazian.
Zealous pro-Israel groups like the Canary Mission, Campus Watch, Stand with US, and Tikvah have recently targeted him calling for his immediate dismissal from the university over a misguided tweet. This vicious campaign comes despite the fact that Dr. Bazian acknowledged his mistake— having not realized the full content of the image as it appeared on his phone. He immediately deleted the post once it was brought to his attention and quickly apologized on his social media accounts for unintentionally sharing the distasteful image- citing how it was contrary to his values and principles.
Throughout his life, Dr. Bazian has called for open discussion, fair debate, and mutual understanding. Dr. Bazian has further dedicated his life to countering racism and oppression domestically and internationally including leading the fight in defense of Affirmative Action and the Anti-Apartheid movement to name a few. This politically-motivated campaign is nothing more than a deliberate and well-funded effort to silence Palestinian and Muslim voices, and serves as no more than a distraction from the principled cause to which he has dedicated his life: speaking out against the brutality of Israel’s occupation, the denial of basic human rights, and the Zionist colonial agenda.
Al-Awda calls on all people of conscious to urgently contact the UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Office in support of Dr. Hatem Bazian and to urge the university not to buckle to pro-Israel organizations’ pressure. Tell the university to stand by Dr. Bazian and to not suppress a critical Palestinian-Muslim voice and leading researcher on the subject of Islamophobia- all based on an honest mistake. It is critical we collectively support Dr. Bazian and combat this unfair campaign within the next 24-72 hours.
Chancellor Carol Christ, University of California, Berkeley 200 California Hall # 1500 Berkeley, CA 94720-1500
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (510) 642-7464
Al-Awda, Palestine Right to Return Coalition