Hatem Bazian is director of the University of California, Berkeley’s Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project According to Bazain the Egyptians who oppose ousted President Morisi are doing so because they are anti-Muslim. No really he is blaming Islamophobic Egyptian Muslims for the ouster of Morsi.
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Since Morsi’s ouster as president last month, Egypt’s military “unleashed a deliberate ‘Othering’ campaign against the Brotherhood and its supporters that was highly Islamophobic, deploying a barrage of anti-Muslim tropes to achieve the desired outcome,” Bazian wrote. “The state and the privately-owned press worked to magnify and project this otherisation message, and in a short period the protesters in the encampments were no longer Egyptians protesting the military’s undemocratic actions but a ‘terrorist’ breeding ground.”
Of course the Berkley professor forgets that over 25 million Egyptians signed a petition calling for Morsi’s ouster, the vast majority of which were of the Muslim faith.
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To Bazian, protests of historic magnitude are signs of anti-Muslim bigotry. And what of Egypt’s military and security apparatus, which responded to the people’s wishes, and are dominated by Muslims? Islamophobes! How about Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the grand imam of Al-Azhar, the highest clerical authority in Sunni Islam, who blessed Morsi’s removal? Muslim hater!
He wasn’t out to defend the Brotherhood or Morsi, Bazian wrote, acknowledging some of their numerous failures in power. But when the military responded to the people’s demand for change, “an effective Islamophobic campaign [was] deployed to bring it about.”
Morsi’s ouster “will give a great ideological boost for the Islamophobes in many parts of the world and will immediately negate any efforts at remedying Muslim standing and image across the globe,” Bazian wrote. “By declaring ‘war on terror’ and stereotyping Muslim political parties in negative ways, this will only complicate and prevent a normative political maturation and resolution of historical and contemporary religious contradictions.”
Implicit in Bazian’s analysis is the idea that only the Muslim Brotherhood represents authentic Islam, and those who acted against it are somehow un-Islamic. That goes for tens of millions of Egyptian Muslims.
Not that Bazian is a moderate by any means;
Steven Emerson, in his book American Jihad, quotes Bazian sermonizing at an American Muslim Alliance conference in May 1999, promoting the Islamic State of Palestine. Excerpts from the quote read, “In the Hadith, the Day of Judgment will never happen until you fight the Jews . . . and the stones will say, ‘Oh Muslim, there is a Jew hiding behind me. Come and kill him!’”
After a 2002 Students for Justice in Palestine rally at UC Berkeley resulted in the arrest of 79 protesters, Bazian spoke at a follow-up rally protesting the arrests. “If you want to know where the pressure on the university [i.e., to prosecute the demonstrators] is coming from, look at the Jewish names on the school buildings,” he said.
In the post-Saddam Hussein era, Bazian has attended numerous Muslim Student Association (MSA) events decrying the war and blaming Israel for American foreign policy decisions. In February 2004 in Montreal, Bazian gave an MSA-sponsored lecture at McGill University titled, “The New American Empire and its Adventures in the Middle East.” In this address, he cited neo-conservative think tanks, “Israel-centric” public officials, the Christian Right, and the oil industry as the four major forces driving American foreign policy. “The New York conservatives wanted to make the Middle East a safe neighborhood,” said Bazian “but not for Arabs; they wanted to make it a safe neighborhood for Israel.”
Nice guy right? And his salary is paid for by Taxpayer dollars.
According to this supposed man of learning the Egyptian revolt was instigated by fear of Islam. Egypt is a nation dominated by Muslims its military and its new government is dominated by Muslims. They all can’t be Islamophobic. Perhaps even they we protesting Morsi because of his ineffective rule. That is impossible per Hatem Bazian because if it isn’t Muslim Brotherhood than it can’t really be Muslim.