Middle East studies in the News
Sixteen UC Berkeley Faculty Side With Jewish Students Against Bazian
J. (The Jewish News Weekly of Northern California)
Sixteen UC Berkeley professors sent a letter to J. on Dec. 6 applauding four Jewish student groups for their statement demanding the administration take action against lecturer and Students for Justice in Palestine founder Hatem Bazian.
The student groups' statement was distributed as an open letter Nov. 30, after recent revelations that, in July, Bazian retweeted images that could be interpreted as anti-Semitic. The letter was co-signed by the Chabad Jewish Student Group, Berkeley Hillel, Tikvah: Students for Israel and Bears for Israel. Without directly calling for Bazian's firing, the letter cited examples of professors at other American universities who were fired or suspended for propagating anti-Semitic messages.
The faculty letter condemned Bazian and demanded he cease making what the letter described as anti-Semitic posts on websites "associated with the University."
The retweets compared Jews to Nazis. One featured a stereotyped image of a Hasidic Jew and another comparing Israel to the rogue regime in North Korea, including a photoshopped image of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un wearing a yarmulke.
Here is the faculty letter in its entirety:
The letter was signed by George W. Breslauer, political science and faculty director, the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life; Robert Alter, comparative literature and Near Eastern studies; Kenneth Bamberger, law and faculty director, the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies; Karen Barkey, sociology and Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society; Joan Bieder, journalism; Benjamin Brinner, music and faculty director, the Center for Jewish Studies; Steven Davidoff-Solomon, Berkeley Law; John Efron, history; Malcolm Feeley, Berkeley Law; Claude Fischer, sociology; Ron Hassner, political science and faculty director, BIJLIS; Ron Hendel, Near Eastern studies; Shachar Kariv, economics; Ann Swidler, sociology; Steven Tadelis, business administration; and Jason Wittenberg, political science.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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