Dr. Hatem Bazian, a lecturer at the university of Berkeley, is under fire from a coalition of Jewish student groups for alleged anti-Semitic messages.
A coalition of Jewish and pro-Israel students at the University of California, Berkeley, are calling for quick action against a teacher “the promotion of hatred and intolerance.”
Ethnic Studies teacher and the Students for Justice in Palestine founder, Hatem Bazian, was blasted for anti-Semitic retweets in a letter co-signed by several groups, including the Jewish Chabad Group of Students at the university of Berkeley, Bears for Israel, Berkeley Hillel, and Tikvah: Students for Israel.
“While we fully support academic freedom and freedom of expression, we believe Bazian, the record is serious enough to warrant more than just condemnation,” the students said in the letter. “We also know that there is a precedent for the removal of non-tenured faculty promotion of hatred on social media and elsewhere. Oberlin College fired professor Joy Karega, after an investigation into anti-Semitic statements she made on social media, University of Tampa professor was fired for suggesting that the Hurricane Harvey was ‘karma’ for the state of Texas, and a John Jay College professor was suspended for tweeting about ‘dead cops.'”
(Courtesy of Tikvah: Students for Israel)
The tweets mocked Hassidic Jews, with one saying: “Mommy, look! I will be chosen! I can now kill, rape, smuggling organs and steal the land from the Palestinians ‘Yay’ #Ashkenazi.” Another had a picture of North Korea’s leader, wearing a yarmulke with the words “God chose me”, “101 Judaism we teach it,” and the message: “I’ve just converted all of North Korea to Judaism. Donald Tlump (sic): Now my weapons are legal, and I can annex in South Korea and you need to start with me 34 billion per year in welfare.”
Bazian issued an apology for the retweet of the images “, without much thought,” pointing at the pop-up because “a number of pro-Israel groups” is marked.
“I take responsibility for my words and statements and stand by my own work in comparison with Palestine, BDS and the opposition against Zionism and settler colonialism, and those who have a problem with the content of my study and work are welcome to disagree and offer a defense of their viewpoint in the open marketplace of ideas,” Bazian wrote.
The university immediately condemned the teacher’s “unacceptable anti-Semitism” that “clearly crossed the line.” But the students that do not go far enough, and that the university must cut all ties with Bazian.
Pro-Israel students at the university of Berkeley show in front of the Students for Justice in Palestine.
(Courtesy of Tikvah: Students for Israel)
“While I am of the opinion that the university condemn Bazian actions is a great first step in combating this problem, I don’t think enough was done to ensure that it does not happen again,” Ada Forer, co-president of Tikvah: Students for Israel, told Fox News.
In a letter to the administration, the students said Bazian has a track record of anti-Semitism, goes back to 2002, when he insinuated Jews control UC Berkeley: “A classic anti-Semitic trope about Jewish power,” the groups wrote. He is also compared israelis with Nazis, in 2014, and in May of this year, he shared a video claiming that “the Israeli soldiers killed young Palestinians for their organs.” As Chairman of the American Muslims for Palestine, or AMP, the groups point out, “Bazian the head of an organization of which the leaders and speakers are scattered, racism, homophobia, and genocide-denial.”
“If such vile racism was spread focuses on a different group – black, Hispanic, or Muslim – the university administration would have already taken disciplinary measures,” Forer said. “The double standard against attacks on the Jewish community is fully visible here. I am also very concerned about what propaganda Hatem Bazian, an official lecturer at our university, spreading in the classroom to my colleagues, the undisputed and by means of an official university platform.”
The university said administrators have offered to meet with the Jewish student groups to listen to their concerns and make sure that the college leaders “improving our campus climate for Jewish students,” said Oscar Dubón, vice-chancellor of equity And Inclusion.
Caleb Parke is an associate editor for FoxNews.com. You can follow him on Twitter @calebparke