JAT Action Alert: 18 May 2004

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DATE:      18 May, 2004
TYPE: Action Item
SCOPE: Global
SUBJ: Berkeley Faculty Member Calls For Intifada in United States

It is especially important for those with a connection to Berkeley (e.g., graduates) to carry out this action.

The University of California Berkeley employs a Palestinian-born Lecturer in Islamic Studies who wants to incite an "intifada" against the government of the United States.

At an April 10 demonstration in San Francisco, Lecturer Hatem Bazian said, "it's about time that we have an intifada in this country that change fundamentally the political dynamics in here," and concluded, "They're gonna say, 'some Palestinian being too radical' -- well, you haven't seen radicalism yet!"

Invited to appear on the O'Reilly Factor and explain his position, Bazian repeatedly refused to condemn either Hamas or Hezbollah, two listed terror organizations that lead the intifada against Israel, and that also seek the violent destruction of the United States.

ACTION

Write to Robert M. Berdahl, Chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley.

CONTACT INFO

Send and email message to:

Stephanie McLemore
Executive Assistant to the Chancellor
smclem@uclink4.berkeley.edu

Or, even better, take a moment to print it out or draft a letter and mail it to:

Robert M. Berdahl
Office of the Chancellor
200 California Hall #1500
Berkeley, CA 94720-1500

SAMPLE LETTER

Please try to draft a message or letter in your own words making use of the ideas here.

Dear President Berdahl,

I am horrified that Berkeley continues to employ as a lecturer Hatem Bazian, a man who has called for an intifada against the government and people of the United States.

While it might at first have seemed possible that Mr. Bazian misspoke at the April 10 rally where he said that "it's about time that we have an intifada in this country," the truly violent nature of Bazian's intentions were clarified during his April 19 appearance on the O'Reilly Factor.

Mr. O'Reilly repeatedly asked Bazian to repudiate or condemn Hezbollah and Hamas, organizations listed by the Untied States government as terrorist organizations. Mr. Bazain declined to condemn these terrorists.

Like Bazian, Hamas and Hezbollah seek the violent destruction of the United States.

In an April 2003 article, the late leader of Hamas, Abed Al-Aziz Rantisi argued that attacking America was not only "a moral and national duty -- but above all, a religious one." In another piece published soon after, he called for "terror against the United States."

Hamas hasn't merely preached violence against America; it has targeted U.S. citizens directly. In December 2003, Israeli authorities charged Jamal Akal, a Canadian citizen born in the Gaza Strip, with receiving weapons and explosives training from Hamas for use in terrorist attacks on targets in Canada and New York City.

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said over Al Manar on March 13, 2003, "Death to America is not a slogan. Death to America is a policy, a strategy and a vision. In the past, when the Marines were in Beirut and the fleets were in the Mediterranean, our mouths shouted in the suburb [i.e., southern suburb of Beirut] 'Death to America'."

This "shouting" was not mere talk. Hezbollah bombed the United States Marine barracks in Beruit, murdering 241 and wounding 100 Americans.

As an American, I do not want the kind of intifada that Hatem Bazian, Hamas, and Hezbollah are promoting. As a taxpayer, I am outraged that Cal Berkeley pays such a man to preach jihad to undergraduates.

Sincerely yours,

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