Los Angeles, CA, July 22, 2014 - Citing broad academic and community outrage, seven groups, today, urged the California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees, the group with ultimate authority over educational and fiscal matters at SFSU and all CSU schools, to launch its own investigation into San Francisco State University (SFSU) Professor Rabab Abdulhadi's recent use of $7,000 from SFSU to fly to Jordan, the West Bank and Israel to meet with known terrorists.
"On June 24, President Wong defended Abdulhadi's
use of public funds for her
personal advocacy mission as 'research' and stated that his
investigation concluded it complied with 'established rules without fault or violation'," wrote AMCHA Initiative
, Institute for Black Solidarity
with Israel, Proclaiming Justice to the Nations, Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, Simon Wiesenthal Center, StandWithUs and Zionist Organization of America
Yesterday, dozens of faculty from universities throughout California sent a letter to the State Controller indicating that they are appalled that Abdulhadi has been allowed to use state funds "to advance her own political agenda...to promote an academic boycott of Israel" and they are "deeply disturbed that SFSU President Wong has condoned Prof. Abdulhadi's use of state funds as legitimate research.
SFSU Professor Rabab Abdulhadi's trip to the Middle East came under scrutiny when a California Public Records Act (PRA) Inquiry in May, requested by AMCHA Initiative, revealed Abdulhadi received more than $7,000 from SFSU to meet with the following members of known terrorist organizations:
, in her
own words, acknowledged her
trip as purely political.
At a SFSU public event, she
trip a "political solidarity tour" whose primary purpose was to promote "resolute actions in support of the academic and cultural boycott of Israel.
Abdulhadi was the faculty advisor to the SFSU knife-wielding student investigated by the FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force and was caught on tape glorifying terrorism to students.