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Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi


San Francisco State University

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San Francisco State University

1600 Holloway Avenue Cesar Chavez Student Center M-100D

San Francisco, California,94132

United States

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San Francisco State University, with a student population of over 29,000 students, is one of the 23 campuses that make up the California State University system, the largest system of higher education in the country. SFSU's mission is to create and maintain an... more

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Center for Arab American Studies


Arab Cultural Center

Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies and Race




Founding Member

University of Michigan

Director of the Center for Arab American Studies

World Congress

International Advisory Board

California Scholars for Academic Freedom

Co-Founder and Member

Pakistan Journal of Women's Studies


California State University

Board of Trustees Member


Board of Trustees Member

Islamophobia Studies Journal


Union of Palestinian Women's Associations


World Congress of Middle East Studies and the Board of Policy Advisors of the Palestinian Think Tank

International Advisory Board

US Campaign

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B.A. ( summa cum Laude )

Hunter College


Yale University


Yale University


San Francisco State University

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Welcome to Alam-e-Niswan Website [cached]

Rabab Abdulhadi
San Francisco State University, USA

Sign On Open Letter: Faculty Support for Professor Abdulhadi and Campus Advocates for Justice in/for Palestine at San Francisco State University | US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel [cached]

The following letter was launched by faculty at San Francisco State University following racist attacks against Professor Rabab Abdulhadi and the General Union of Palestinian Students at SFSU.
The letter demands that university administration act to defend faculty and students against racist attacks clearly and unambiguously, as well as to provide much-needed and long-denied institutional support to the program Abdulhadi directs at SFSU, the AMED (Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas) Studies program. This letter is open to signatories from SFSU, faculty from all campuses, and solidarity and support signatures from individuals and organizations. USACBI encourages all to sign here: Dear President Wong,As faculty members of the San Francisco State University as well as other institutions worldwide, we are disturbed by recent developments on the SFSU campus: 1) On October 14, 2016, several racist and Islamophobic posters were plastered on the SFSU campus smearing SFSU Professor Rabab Abdulhadi, accusing her of terrorism and anti-Semitism. The posters are claimed by both the Canary Mission and Horowitz Freedom Center, a far-right, off campus organization whose founder is named as a leading Islamophobe by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The posters also target SFSU students advocates for justice in/for Palestine, including members of the General Union of Palestine Students, who have been bullied by Canary Mission. While the office of the President of the university issued a general rejection of this campaign referring to it as "hateful" and its backers as "extremist," the statement did not make any reference to or express defense of the specific targets: Dr. Abdulhadi, the GUPS students and the AMED program. 2) In January 2014 Prof. Abdulhadi travelled to Jordan and Palestine as part of her work as Senior Scholar of the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies Program. AMCHA publicly and falsely accused Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi of misrepresenting the nature and purpose of her trip, misusing university funds and claiming that she traveled to Palestine and Jordan to collaborate with terrorists. Furthermore, SFSU Provost revoked Dr. Abdulhadi's already approved trip to Palestine a full week before the State Department issued a travel advisory against US citizens' travel to Palestine and Israel. 4) In 2013 Prof. Abdulhadi was encouraged by SFSU to establish a collaborative agreement (an MOU: Memorandum of Understanding) with the An-Najah National University in Palestine. SFSU AUCIP (All University Committee on International Programs) unanimously voted in favor of the proposal which was then forwarded to the Provost and to you as the President who signed it in Fall 2014. On September 7, 2016, Campus Watch/Middle East Forum, led by Daniel Pipes, launched a campaign demanding an end to SFSU collaboration with An-Najah and smearing Professor Abdulhadi with baseless accusations of terrorism and anti-Semitism. Instead of defending Dr Abdulhadi and standing by the SFSU collaborative agreement with An-Najah, you and CSU Chancellor White issued a statement generally upholding the 110 existing SFSU agreements with international universities without naming An-Najah or Dr. Abdulhadi. Student groups, such as the General Union of Palestine Students, the Muslim Student Association, the Black Student Union, the Pacific Islander Club, the League of Filipino Students, MeCHA, Students for Quality Education, Women's Muslim Student Association and the Ethnic Studies Association have issued statements at each step of the way supporting Dr. Abdulhadi and her rights to do her work as a scholar, educator and mentor without fear or intimidation. Several academic and community groups have also come out publicly denouncing the Horowitz/Canary Mission racist and Islamophobic poster campaign and publicly supporting Prof. Abdulhadi and the targeted students, including American Muslims for Palestine, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus, Arab Resource and Organizing Center, Council on American-Islamic Relations, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, Jewish Voice for Peace, National Lawyers Guild-San Francisco Bay Area and Palestine Legal. Earlier statements that called you as President of SFSU to uphold the agreement with An-Najah National University and stand by Dr. Abdulhadi were issued by the Middle East Studies Association, California Scholars for Academic Freedom, Jewish Voice for Peace, National Students for Justice in Palestine, United States Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. Palestinian, Arab and Muslim scholars asked you to stand firm against intimidation and in support of your faculty and students and accord them the same protection and treatment SFSU must accord every member of its campus community. Yet, despite these statements of support from within and beyond the academic community, equally strong statements have not been issued by your office as President of SFSU nor the CSU Chancellor. The university has yet to demonstrate concrete and specific support for Prof. Abdulhadi, the AMED program, and a general campus culture rooted in openness for Arab and Muslim communities by giving to them institutional support. We view the lack of a clear and firm stand and action on the part of the administration as contributing to the silencing and intimidation of all of us, whose courses, research, critical thinking and community service can become the target of similar groups. Furthermore, this alarming atmosphere does not only have implications for Prof. Abdulhadi, GUPS and other campus advocates for justice in/for Palestine, but for each and every one of us who are committed to academic freedom, free speech and the intellectual integrity and reputation of our institutions. It is the moral and ethical stands that bind us together. It is our hope that there will be no more delay from President Wong and his office to issue a clear and firm statement in support of Prof. Abdulhadi, the targeted students and the AMED program and to take all action to insure their safety and dignity against this bullying, harassment, intimidation and incitement to violence. As scholars in SFSU, joined by our colleagues and communities everywhere, we call you on you, President Wong, to: 1) Publicly and unambiguously defend the academic freedom and the intellectual reputation of our colleague Prof. Abdulhadi, by making a public statement that clears her name of the vicious and absolutely unfounded smear attacks against her, and by doing so to protect the intellectual integrity of our institution and all of us who work here; 4) Publicly, clearly and unambiguously express your support for the AMED (Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas) Studies program at SFSU, its fundamental role in the SFSU educational mission, and demonstrate a timely commitment to building the AMED Studies program by reinstating the 2 tenure-track faculty lines that were cut in 2010 despite having been part of the recruitment promises given to Prof. Abdulhadi when she was hired in 2007, as well as providing full time staff and an operating budget.

Letters on North America [cached]

We write on behalf of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) and its Committee on Academic Freedom to express our concern about the continued harassment of Rabab Abdulhadi, Professor of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University (SFSU), for her political views concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and about the campaign recently launched to pressure SFSU to abrogate the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that Professor Abdulhadi was instrumental in negotiating with al-Najah University in Nablus, in the West Bank (Palestine).
MESA was founded in 1966 to promote scholarship and teaching on the Middle East and North Africa. The preeminent organization in the field, MESA publishes the International Journal of Middle East Studies and has nearly 3,000 members worldwide. MESA is committed to ensuring academic freedom and freedom of expression, both within the region and in connection with the study of the region in North America and elsewhere. Professor Abdulhadi has repeatedly been harassed by politically motivated nonacademic organizations, including the Middle East Forum, which seek to stifle perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with which they do not agree, often by calling them antisemitic. It now appears that the Memorandum of Understanding that SFSU signed with al-Najah University on September 10, 2014, which promotes cooperation between the two universities and which Professor Abdulhadi helped negotiate, has become a new target of attacks. We therefore call on you and your administration to publicly and vigorously reaffirm your commitment to defend the academic freedom of all your faculty, including Professor Rabab Abdulhadi.

Rabab Abdulhadi, author and professor, San Francisco State University*, California

PM Press - No Sanctuary for Palestinian Scholarship [cached]

The MOU was established in 2014, initiated by Dr. Abdulhadi ,with the stated purpose of encouraging exchange and partnership between the two universities and with the AMED Studies program.
The petition accused An-Najah of "incitement to violence, anti-Semitism and the glorification of terrorism. The vilification of An-Najah, which is consistently ranked as a leading academic institution in the Arab world, was accompanied by a specific attack on Dr. Abdulhadi who was condemned for initiating the MOU and for her "record as an anti-Israel activist. Some of the examples given included her role as a founding member of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel and her service as faculty advisor for GUPS. Our delegation immediately issued an open letter in response to the petition, calling on President Wong to uphold the importance and validity of the MOU with An-Najah, to reject the defamation of Dr. Abdulhadi and to expand institutional support for the AMED program. On the morning of October 14, 2016, students arrived at SFSU to find numerous posters with racist caricature portraits plastered all over campus, defaming Professor Abdulhadi and Palestinian student leaders by name and labeling them "Jew Haters" and "terrorists. They called on Wong to pursue an investigation of the posters as a hate crime and to defend GUPS, AMED, Dr. Abdulhadi and the Arab and Muslim community at SFSU. Dr. Abdulhadi was recruited to SFSU in 2007 from the University of Michigan, Dearborn. Her recruitment was part of the implementation of the recommendations of a campus/community Task Force that was formed at SFSU in order to address a backlash against Palestinian and Arab students in the post 9-11 era. According to Dr. Abdulhadi, she accepted the position at SFSU in order to create a program whose explicit purpose was the production of knowledge for social justice. Given the history of social justice engagement at SFSU, the large Arab and Palestinian population in the Bay Area, and the progressive political climate in the region, she believed that it would be an ideal place for her to develop this type of program. In her recruitment contract she was promised two additional faculty positions for the program as well as administrative support. However, none of these contractual obligations have ever been met. A year after Dr. Abdulhadi was recruited in 2008, the Department of Jewish studies at SF State received a gift of $3.75 million from the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund to create an endowed chair in Israel studies, which SF State boasted put it "at the forefront of an emerging new academic field. Since then Israel studies has continued to grow, while the AMED program has never expanded beyond Dr. Abdulhadi. Recently Dr. Abdulhadi was told by President Wong that due to budget constraints, the only way that the two promised faculty positions could be added would be if the program itself could bring in large gifts or grants.

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