The San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) presented Hatem Bazian, chairman of American Muslims for Palestine, with an "Empowering American Muslims" Award on November 17. The group's honoring of an Islamist that spews anti-American rhetoric is in line with the worldview espoused by its executive director, Zahra Billoo, especially since Israel's Operation Pillar of Defense against Hamas started.
In 2004, Bazian seemed to endorse the killing of U.S. soldiers in Iraq and violence in Israel by praising the "uprising in Iraq" and "intifada in Palestine." In the same speech, he urged Muslim-Americans to follow in their footsteps by launching an intifada in the U.S. to "change fundamentally the political dynamics here." Aware of the incendiary nature of his remarks, he eerily said, "They're gonna say some Palestinian [is] being too radical—well, you haven't seen radicalism yet."
According to Kashmir Media Service News, Bazian said in June, "The United States wants India to balance China, because if there is a conflict with China, we always like that the darker people fight our war and the more these people die is better for the officers because racism can be manifested across many sectors."