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Tumblr page of Mohammad G. Hammad, president of SFSU-funded General Union of Palestine Students

The Simon Wiesenthal Center sent a warning to officials at San Francisco State University on Monday, Dec. 2, advising them of a potential threat to Jewish students there.

The basis for the warning was the posting on the social media forum Tumblr which appears to be by the president of San Francisco State’s General Union of Palestine Students, Mohammad Hammad.

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The photo shows Hammad with a knife, beneath which is the caption, “I seriously can not get over how much I love this blade.  It is the sharpest thing I own and cuts through everything like butter and just holding it makes me want to stab an Israeli soldier.”

The AMCHA Initiative, the co-founder of which has been featured in The Jewish Press for her tireless work in exposing anti-Semitism on California campuses, first found the photo and threatening language.

Earlier this month, AMCHA discovered that GUPS was involved in another event at SFSU at which students were encouraged to create art projects using a stencil bearing the image of a notorious terrorist and another stencil that stated “MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS KILLED COLONIZERS.”

Both AMCHA and the Wiesenthal Center contacted SFSU President Leslie Wong over the past several days, warning her that statements such as the one allegedly issued by Hammad, especially given the other recent event in which GUPS was involved that also glorified killers of Jews, potentially constitute a threat to the university’s Jewish students.

The Wiesenthal Center told Wong and issued a public statement that “it is outrageous and unacceptable that the leader of a university-funded group would invoke a message of death and violence.”

“How can Jewish students feel safe on a campus where the leader of a university-sanctioned and funded student organization, known for its antisemitic activity, has publicly proclaimed his desire to stab an Israeli soldier?

“President Wong needs to take immediate and firm steps to ensure the safety and well-being of Jewish students at San Francisco State,” Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, co-founder of the AMCHA Initiative, told The Jewish Press by email.

The photo and violent statement disappeared from Hammad’s account after the two Jewish groups contacted Wong, but a cached version of the picture on Tumblr remains.

A close-up of part of the Tumblr page pictured in full at the top of the article.

 

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25 COMMENTS

  1. If that university doesn't expel that student, then there is no justice. I honestly do not know how Jewish students can feel safe on any campus today that allows anti-Zionist (code word for anti-Semitic) groups. These organizations do NOT belong on university campuses.

  2. https://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/q71/s720x720/1379879_620426227995055_2142434467_n.jpg

    An 11 year old Palestinian girl, 'arrested' by Israeli soldiers.

    Want me to post more of your evil Israeli soldiers and worse inhumane acts?

    Thankfully I am not as petty as you and I don't feel the need to blame things that some (or even most) Jews do on Judaism or all Jews.

    Let's not get religion involved.

    Well unless you want to play childish?

  3. Grace Saadeh you're another savage type. You're comparing my comments to those of a cretin who brags about wanting to murder someone. If he did I bet you would start ululating like an animal and pass out sweets. That's what the female species of your people do. It's part of your "culture"

  4. What he did wasn't right, but your blatant racism isnt any better. You can make your point without making it into a cultural issue. Also, Arab encompasses quite a lot of cultures. I suggest you do some research on Middle Eastern politics. You obviously have an opinion on it, so why not have an educated one?

  5. Grace Saadeh I form my opinions on what I see and read. And, when it comes to arabs, they don't come out looking too good. Look at the past 40-50 years. Hijackings, assassinations, murders, wars. They justify their killng in the name of their religion.
    They even kill their own (syria, iraq, yemen, egypt). Don't you think there is something wrong with these people? I blame it on their "religious " leaders who approve. justify, condone horrific acts as allowed in the name of islam. Who are they to say it's ok to kill in the name of religion? And their followers believe that garbage. Morons who commit suicide murders are an example of those who believe everything their told by their "religious" leaders.

  6. You can keep your opinions, just not your generalizations. Not all Arabs are Islamic, and not all Arabs are Islam extremists. Also, many of those countries are either fighting for liberation of a tyrannical leader, or are undergoing revolution just as America did not long ago. I understand that it's easy to group us all together, but it's offensive, and not only that, its wrong. How would you like it if the KKK was used as a representation for all white people? You are playing right into the media's hands, and you could care less. There's far more to understand than you realize.

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