Middle East studies in the News
Students for Justice in Palestine Founder Celebrated by British Labour's Corbyn at Book Event [on Hatem Bazian]
by Greg Piper
British Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn is known for his friendliness with the Palestinian cause, so perhaps it wasn't a surprise to see him posing with the founder of a virulently anti-Israel student group.
The Algemeiner reports that Corbyn attended a London book signing Wednesday for Hatem Bazian's latest work, Palestine ... it is something colonial, which argues the Israel-Palestine dispute should be seen "through the lens of settler colonialism."
Bazian not only founded Students for Justice in Palestine, whose chapters sometimes clash with administrators and Jewish students, but he's a senior lecturer at the University of California-Berkeley and helped found America's only accredited Muslim college, California's Zaytuna.
A photo of Corbyn standing side-by-side with Bazian that was used to illustrate The Algemeiner report does not appear on the Flickr page for the event, which was hosted by the Islamic Human Rights Commission.
That photo of the two was included in an email blast Thursday by the pro-Israel watchdog group Canary Mission, which was the source of the Algemeiner report. Corbyn and Bazian appear together in two commission-posted photos, but not in the same intimate pose.
Canary Mission said in its email:
According to the commission's event page, the book calls Palestine "the last settler colonial project to be commissioned in the late 19th early 20th centuries and still unfolding as we enter into the 21st Century":
Corbyn refused to retract a statement in which he called Hamas and Hezbollah "friends" and is accused of failing to "properly address rampant Jew-hatred and antisemitic anti-Zionism within his own party," according to The Algemeiner.Note: Articles listed under "Middle East studies in the News" provide information on current developments concerning Middle East studies on North American campuses. These reports do not necessarily reflect the views of Campus Watch and do not necessarily correspond to Campus Watch's critique.
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