Hatem Bazian is a lecturer in the Department of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies at the University of California Berkeley, where he is also the director of the "Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project." "Islamophobia,"of course, is a neologism coined by Islamic supremacists in order to intimidate people into being too scared to resist jihad.
Bazian is also famous for calling for an intifada in the United States, back in 2004. So it is no surprise that this pro-jihad professor, who clearly has no problem with the savagery displayed by "Palestinian" Islamic jihadists who murdered Israeli civilians during the first and second intifadas against Israel, would hate my pro-Israel ads.Nor is it any surprise, although it is a disgrace, that the enemedia is once again running these jihadists -- they consistently present Islamic supremacist voices as the voices of the moral imperative, assuming that Sharia is the moral imperative.
Hatem Bazian is once again sanctioning and running interference for savagery. And so is the San Jose Mercury News.
Hatem Bazian: Anti-Islam ads on San Francisco buses put Muslims at risk San Jose Mercury News, September 8
Ads running on San Francisco municipal buses, paid for by noted anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller and her American Freedom Defense Initiative, have sparked controversy about hate speech and fears they could stoke more violence against the American Muslim community. The ads come at a time when American Muslims have suffered at least nine attacks across the nation over a two-week period in August.Bazian probably knows that anti-Semitic attacks are much, much more common in the U.S. and worldwide than attacks on Muslims. Yet that never stopped him from indulging in vicious anti-Israel rhetoric. He just hopes that you don't know that he indulges in rhetoric far more violent than anything I have ever said, but then tries to blame me for violence that I had nothing to do with.
If the enemedia were not so uber-left and destructive, the subversive SPLC would be relegated to the communist fringe of society. AFDI has long warned Americans about the subversive, communist organization, the Southern Poverty Law Center, which demonizes freedom-loving organizations on the right as "hate groups" so as to discredit and marginalize them. Because of the disinformation and antisemitic propaganda that the SPLC has long been manufacturing, last year the SPLC was named to the AFDI Threat to Freedom Index. SPLC's bogus "hate designation" for pro-American and pro-freedom groups has encouraged a dangerous atmosphere leading to shootings and violence, such as the recent shooting at the Family Research Council.
The advertisements, cribbed from an Ayn Rand quote, state: "In Any War Between the Civilized Man and the Savage, Support the Civilized Man. Support Israel, Defeat Jihad." The Southern Poverty Law Center has identified the American Freedom Defense Initiative as a hate group.
The outcry has focused on discrimination against adherents of Islam, and rightly so. On Aug. 10, pigs' feet were strewed on the lawn of a mosque in Ontario, while Muslim worshipers in Hayward were pelted by oranges and lemons as they walked into prayer. In Illinois, an acid bomb was thrown at an Islamic school and shots were fired at a mosque. In both cases, worshipers were inside attending to Ramadan prayers. A mosque in Joplin, Mo., was torched and burned to the ground, and other mosques in Oklahoma and Rhode Island reported incidents of vandalism. In Panama City, Fla., a Molotov cocktail was thrown at a Muslim family's home.
Geller's ads demonize Muslims at a time when they are under attack.
None of these things have anything to do with my ad. Nor do we know how many of these were authentic attacks on Muslims and how many were faked by Muslims themselves, as they have faked hate crimes many times in the past. But notice also that no one was hurt in any of these attacks. Bazian is using this list to defame me and my ad, while sanctioning the war on Israel, which is a war on innocent civilians. The targeting of civilians is savage. The relentless 60-year campaign of terror against the Jewish people is savage. The torture of hostage Gilad Shalit was savage. The bloody hacking to death of the Fogel family was savage. The Munich Olympic massacre was savage. The unspeakable torture of Ehud Goldwasser was savage. The tens of thousands of rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel (into schools, homes, etc.) are savage. The vicious Jew-hatred behind this genocide is savage. The endless demonization of the Jewish people in the Palestinian and Arab media is savage. The refusal to recognize the state of Israel as a Jewish state is savage. The list is endless.
But for Hatem Bazian, all those murderous attacks and many others are fine, while pigs' feet on a lawn -- that's hate.
As an educator, I fully support free speech and the open exchange of ideas.
No he doesn't:
But hate speech like the bus ads has a destructive, cumulative impact on society. The term "savages" has been used to demonize people of color and marginalize them throughout this country's history.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt used the term "savages" for the Nazis. I suppose Hatem Bazian would object to that as well, especially since the Mufti of Jerusalem during World War II, Haj Amin al-Husseini, lived in Berlin during World War II, was friends with Himmler, made pro-Nazi broadcasts in Arabic, recruited a Muslim SS division -- and after the war, became a champion of the "Palestinian" cause.
Even Mark Twain, the beloved author of the American experience at the end of the 19th century, in his Western adventure autobiography of 1872, "Roughing It," said Native Americans were dirty, indolent and would eat food even "a hog would decline." He described one particular Indian nation as being lower than "all races of savages on our continent." Demonizing Native Americans in this way was a critical step in the success of Manifest Destiny and the ethnic cleansing of millions of indigenous North Americans to make way for European colonizers.
In much the same way, Geller is using Islamophobia as the vehicle to demonize Palestinians and garner continued U.S. support for Israel's occupation of Palestine. Geller's attack on unnamed Palestinians contributes to Israel's ongoing expropriation of more Palestinian land and helps deprive Palestinians of their basic human rights. When we call them savages instead of occupied Palestinians, we are eliminating opportunities for the Palestinian voice to contribute to the public discourse.
Note the pro-jihad hate rhetoric directed at Israel. That's the real hate, but it's just fine with the Mercury News.
To be sure, those who support Israel have the right to express their opinions and defend them. However, racism has no place in debating legitimate differences on how U.S. foreign policy toward the region should be conducted. Geller is taking refuge in a First Amendment often incapable of preventing hate speech.
You see -- Bazian really does want to destroy the First Amendment and censor me. The problem is that the First Amendment was designed to protect speech that some may find offensive. Inoffensive speech needs no protection. Who gets to decide what is "hate speech" and what isn't? I think Bazian's article is hate speech -- so why does his opinion take precedence over mine?
The San Francisco Transportation Authority has posted ads condemning Geller's language next to her ad, and has set up a commission to review its advertising policies. These are laudable efforts to eradicate discrimination against any group. But, as a society based on democratic principles of justice, liberty and human rights, it is time not only to stomp out Islamophobia and other forms of bigotry, but also to stand up to the Pamela Gellers of the world and demand honest and well-reasoned debate on the Middle East.
Hatem Bazian doesn't want honest and well-reasoned debate. He wants censorship, propaganda and jihad.