International Solidarity Campaign To Defend Professor Rabab Abdulhadi

A Frivolous Lawsuit

A right wing Zionist organization, the Lawfare project, has filed a lawsuit  against San Francisco State
university, and named Professor Abdulhadi as co-defendant. This is an attempt to silence academicians who teach and research Palestine, get rid of Professor Abdulhadi’s AMED Studies program, the General Union of Palestinian Students and her personally at SFSU. So while the lawsuit is frivolous, bogus and full of false allegations, misrepresentations and mischaracterization as Palestine Legal puts it, the US (and Israeli) media basically reprinted the Zionist press release without bothering to check the facts: The Los Angeles Times; Newsweek; The Washington Post and even Inside Higher Education.
Worse yet, SFSU came out with a statement that contradicted the findings of the independent investigator the university hired last year, who found that the student protest was not against Jewish students and community but against Israel and Nir Barakat. More recently anti-Zionist Jewish activists also testified that these charges are bogus and even wrote about them.
There has been strong support from California Scholars for Academic Freedom and the Middle East Studies Association (MESA). Other academic associations are working on statements.

In addition, we published a new petition in support of Professor Abdulhadi and General Union of Palestinian Students (GUPS).

Press Release from Professor Rabab's Attorneys

Read this joint press release by the Law Offices of Ben Gharagozli and the Law Office of Mark Allen Kleiman: Professor Rabab Abdulhadi Moves To Dismiss Frivolous “Lawfare” Suit That Targets Campus Advocacy for Palestinian Rights.


On November 8, 2017, the Northern District of California Court will hear Dr. Abdulhadi’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

Sign and share this letter of support by Feminists for Justice in Palestine.

"We are writing urgently to ask your help in garnering support for Rabab Abdulhadi. As you may know, Rabab has come under attack (once again) from a Zionist organization that is attempting to vilify her scholarship, teaching and activism at San Francisco State University."

Sign the Petition to defend academic freedom at San Francisco State.

Jewish supporters sign here. Petition Statement of Support for Professor Rabab Abdulhadi, Students & Advocates at SFSU under attack by anti-Arab, anti-Muslim group.

Follow and share the International Campaign to defend Professor Rabab Abdulhadi.

Call Dr. Timothy P. White, California State University Chancellor
A script and phone number are found at the close of the following article: Stop Pro-Israel "Lawfare" Bullying.

Kindly consider donating to help support Professor Rabab Abdulhadi's legal fight against anti-Arab discrimination, Islamophobia and hostility to Palestinians at SFSU campus and to supporting the AMED Studies program against destruction.

SFSU Professor's Request for Support

Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi Letter

Arab Talk with Jess and Jamal

Crisis in the Academy - Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi Fights Back
Jess & Jamal discuss recent attacks on San Francisco State University professor. Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi speaks about the recent attacks to silence her and her strategy to fight back against bigotry and intimidation.

Educational Opportunity

Teaching Palestine: Pedagogical Praxis & Indivisibility of Justice; An International Conference

Birzeit University, Palestine, March 2018
Initiated by the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies (SFSU) and co-sponsored by the Ibrahim Abu Lughod Institute for International Studies and the Institute for Women’s Studies at Birzeit University and a host of Palestinian and international universities and research institutions. Teaching Palestine: Pedagogical Praxis and the Indivisibility of Justice international conference will be convened in Palestine between March 12 and 30, 2018.

This academic year, 2017-2018, coincides with significant anniversaries in Palestinian history: the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem, Sinai and the Golan Heights (June 5, 2017); the 35th anniversary of the Israeli invasion of the Lebanon and the Sabra and Shatila Massacre (September 17, 2017): the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration (November 2, 2017); and the 70th of the UN Partition of Palestine (November 29, 2017), Deir Yassin Massacre (April 9, 2018) and the Nakba (May 15, 2018).

The current political and historical moment is particularly significant. Israeli colonialism, racism and occupation is deepening and entrenching. By contrast, Palestinian resistance to the Zionist project is appropriately taking multiple/different shapes and forms in all the geographies of dispossession, displacement and precarious existence. Shaping Palestinian politics is a regional and international context that is characterized by deepening poverty, civil wars, imperialist interventions, unrestrained neoliberal economic policies, hostile alliances, and the recolonization of previously decolonized nations. Rooted in xenophobic, Orientalist, Zionist, and other supremacist Ideologies, the consolidation of global and regional alliances under the guise of the so-called “war on terror” has fueled an alarming rise in Islamophobic and anti-Arab racism as well as an escalation in targeting marginalized communities.

Open Letters

Letter from Veterans of the 1968-69 Strike at SFSU

Letter to Dr. Leslie Wong, President, San Francisco State and Dr. Timothy White, Chancellor, California State University by MESA (Middle East Studies Association)

California Scholars for Academic Freedom

Defend Academic Freedom at San Francisco State Faculty and community allies in defense of Academic Freedom, Ethnic Studies and against Islamophobia

Defending Academic Freedom at San Francisco State- SPANISH TRANSLATION: Defender la libertad académica en San Francisco State


Unfounded charges of anti-Semitism at SF State protect no one

The spirit of ’68 lives on! Palestine advocacy and the indivisibility of justice

Statement of Support for Professor Rabab Abdulhadi, Students & Advocates at SFSU under attack by anti-Arab, anti-Muslim group

Lawsuit Against SFSU is Culmination of Years-Long Suppression Campaign Targeting Palestine Advocacy

Under Attack at San Francisco State University

Defend Academic Freedom At San Francisco State

USACBI stands with Professor Rabab Abdulhadi against racist and Islamophobic attacks and intimidation

National Lawyers Guild International Statement in Support of Palestinian Professor Rabab Abdulhadi

Letter of Support for Professor Rabab Abdulhadi, Campus Advocates for Justice in Palestine, and Academic Freedom at San Francisco State University

‘Extremist group’ targets pro-Palestine students, professor at SFSU

Islamophobia at Home at San Francisco State University

Samidoun statement of solidarity with Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi against racist “lawfare” attacks

SFSU Concludes Protest Targeted Israeli Policies, Not Jewish Students

Message in support of Professor Rabab Abdul Hadi

No Sanctuary for Palestinian Scholarship

Lawyer Who Says Palestinians Don't Exist Sues San Francisco State University (truthout)

Lawyer who says Palestinians don't exist sues San Francisco State University (Electronicitifada)

Horowitz Hate Speech

Posters containing false information and hate speech targeting Professor Rabab Abdulhadi and denigrating Arabs, Muslims, and Palestinians have surfaced on three California university campuses; UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, and San Francisco State University, which is Professor Rabab Abdulhadi's place of employment.

Defamatory posters appeared at San Francisco State University, U.C. Berkeley and U.C. Irvine; they are the product of Posters by David Horowitz’s “Freedom Center,” a far-right organization focused on anti-Muslim activism.

Associated Students (Student Government) Respond to Horowitz
Letter in Solidarity to SFSUs Palestinian Community
Students step up and show solidarity with the SFSU Palestine Community.

SFSU Officials Condemn Derogatory Posters
SFSU officials condemn posters targeting professor
San Francisco State University President Les Wong sent out a campus-wide email Friday saying the posters targeting Abdulhadi were vandalism and bullying behavior, “not an issue of free speech."

“This attack happened to our whole campus community, and we must condemn these actions when an opinion or position has morphed into a personal attack. A line has been crossed, and we are investigating any legal recourse we have with the perpetrators,” the letter read.

Additional Victims
Brooklyn College and City University of New York (CUNY) are among the latest faculty and students being slandered as “terrorist supporters” by the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

Systematic Attacks

One of the other California universities attacked by extremist Zionists and Israel advocacy groups with the closure of the Edward Said search this past year is California State University, Fresno (CSU Fresno). Understanding the nature of such attacks elucidates these Zionist groups' intent to defame, dismantle, and eliminate departments and individuals representing the truth about Palestine.

See Closure Of Edward Said Search AT CSU Fresno.

The Palestine Exception to Free Speech

"Palestinian professors like Dr. Hatem Bazian and Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi, along with students involved in Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) on campuses nationwide, have faced years of threats and harassment from right-wing, Islamophobic, anti-Palestinian groups for their activism. All too often, they receive little to no support from university officials, calling into question whose rights are deemed worthy of protection. The US government itself has sought to repress organizing for Palestinian rights."

When you are seeking justice in the midst of unjust systems,
You Have to Know Your Rights.