Palestine…it is something colonial
Dr. Hatem Bazian Book Launch Discussion
March 9, 2017 | 6:30pm – 9pm
Ethnic Studies Library, 30 Stephens Hall
Professor Hatem Bazian (UC Berkeley) provides a decolonial analysis of the most pressing struggle in the world in an extensive study of the occupation of Palestine.
The book’s subtitle is taken directly from the letter of Theoder Herzl, the founder of modern political Zionism, to Great Britain’s Minister of Colonies Cecil Rhodes, that sought support for the Zionist settler colonial project in Palestine.
In 1902, Herzl wrote to Rhodes stating: “You are being invited to help make history. It doesn’t involve Africa, but a piece of Asia Minor; not Englishmen but Jews… How, then, do I happen to turn to you since this is an out-of-the-way matter for you? How indeed? Because it is something colonial.”
Palestine is the last settler colonial project to be commissioned in the late 19th early 20th centuries and still unfolding as we enter into the 21st Century with no end in sight.
In centering Palestine’s modern history around settler-colonial discourses, Hatem Bazian offers a theoretical basis for understanding Palestine while avoiding the pitfalls of the internationally supported “peace process” that, on the one hand, affirms settler-colonial rights and, on the other hand, problematizes the colonialized and dispenses with the ramifications of the colonial project.
Dr. Hatem Bazian is a lecturer in the Department of Near Eastern and Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, Editor-in-Chief of the Islamophobia Studies Journal and Director of the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project Center for Race and Gender at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Bazian is a co-founder of Zaytuna College, the first accredited Muslim Liberal Arts College in America, the National Chair of American Muslims for Palestine, Board Member of Islamic Scholarship Fund, and Board Member of the Muslim Legal Fund of America. To learn more about Dr. Bazian, visit http://www.hatembazian.com.