Will San Francisco State University finally take action against Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi?
In April, I wrote an article directing the community’s attention to Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies/Race and Resistance Studies at San Francisco State University, highlighting some of her very disquieting comments and behaviors. Abdulhadi embodies all that is wrong with today’s social science and humanities fields and her actions unequivocally demonstrate how those fields have been hijacked by extremists whose comments and lectures are devoid of any academic value and often veer into outright Judeophobia and anti-Semitism.
Abdulhadi’s pernicious agenda as a professor at SFSU is not to teach but to indoctrinate, not to impart knowledge but to disseminate hate-filled propaganda. In the past, she has been relentless in her efforts to demonize and delegitimize the Mideast’s only democracy, while applying double standards and ignoring those who actually commit egregious human rights violations.
In past speeches, Abdulhadi has accused Israel of turning mosques into bars, looting churches and desecrating Muslim cemeteries. Of course, she offers not a scintilla of evidence to support her slander and worse yet, completely ignores the plethora of evidence documenting Muslim atrocities and persecution of Jews, Christians and other non-Muslims.
There have been numerous instances where Abdulhadi, with help from her cohorts, created an on-campus atmosphere of fear and intimidation aimed at the pro-Israel community, in an effort to stifle legitimate discourse and promote a hate-filled agenda. Those who have reviewed her odious record can come to but one conclusion; Abdulhadi masquerades as an academic but is in fact a rabid hater of the Jewish State and a racist.
It is one thing however, to maintain marginal beliefs that most of us view as repugnant but an entirely different matter when one engages in dishonest and likely criminal behavior to further those beliefs. According to the findings of a recent investigation, that is precisely what Abdulhadi did and caused SFSU as well as California State University to become complicit in her odious scheming.
According to papers received through the California Public Records Act, on August 11, 2013 Abdulhadi submitted a request for more than $7,000 in State University funds to finance her upcoming excursion to “Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine,” $2,000 of which was accelerated as a “Travel Advance.” As an aside, Abdulhadi, like the terrorist groups of Hamas and Hezbollah, shuns use of the word “Israel” and University officials have shamelessly played along with her insidious charade.
In all, four SFSU documents were submitted in connection with Abdulhadi’s excursion and each of these documents state that the purpose of her trip was related to University business, specifically, she was to present a paper at the 4th conference of the Center for American Studies and Research to be held at the American University in Beirut. In addition, she was to conduct "research" and to meet with "potential collaborators towards [establishing a] memorandum of understanding (MOU) with San Francisco State University" in Jordan and the West Bank. The noted documents were reviewed and approved by high-level University officials, including Abdulhadi’s Dean, Kenneth Monteiro, as well as University President, Leslie Wong, among others.
Abdulhadi’s stated purpose for the trip was nothing short of a pre-mediated, bald-faced lie. In December 2013, Abdulhadi sent an email to the University’s Risk Management office stating that she would not be attending the Beirut conference claiming that her name was “dropped” as a conference speaker. More importantly, Abdulhadi neglected to note in any of her submitted papers that she would be meeting with members of terrorist organizations, specifically designated as such by the State Department.
While in Jordan, Abdulhadi met with Leila Khaled, a convicted hijacker and member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a terrorist organization responsible for committing reprehensible crimes targeting civilians, including US nationals. Abdulhadi also met with Sheikh Raed Salah, leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel who was convicted of providing material support to Hamas. In addition, in 2008 Salah was charged with incitement to violence and racism after giving a speech in which he alleged that Jews use children's blood to bake bread. Apparently, the SFSU professor feels right at home with terrorists who kill American civilians and those who propagate ancient blood libels.
Contrary to her claims of pursuing University business, there is considerable evidence to suggest that the aim of the trip was to further Abdulhadi’s nefarious political goals. Indeed, following her taxpayer funded trip, she noted on the SFSU Ethnic Studies website that while in the West Bank and “1948 areas of Palestine” (i.e. Israel) she engaged with Palestinian “scholars, artists and activists” to strengthen the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. Through Abdulhadis’s obfuscation and deceit, SFSU unwittingly facilitated a trip with taxpayer and University funds that enabled meetings to take place between University professors and assorted terrorists and racists and helped strengthen an anti-Semitic movement whose stated goal is the eradication of Israel.
That a miscreant like Abdulhadi can maintain her position as Associate Professor at SFSU speaks volumes on the decayed and decrepit state of affairs of contemporary academia. However, the recently uncovered documentary evidence in connection with Abdulhadi’s excursion to the Levant suggests that not only is she a detestable racist, but a dishonest one at that.
Abdulhadi has had a number of free passes that garnered nothing more than indirect condemnation from President Wong. Hopefully, this time around, he won’t let her egregious and unscrupulous actions go unpunished.
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