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Watchdog: FBI, San Francisco Police Investigating Student Leader After Violent Posts About IDF, Hillel

The FBI and a Joint Terrorism Task Force are investigating a San Francisco student leader who published violent comments about the Israel Defense Forces and Jewish student group Hillel, campus anti-Semitism watchdog AMCHA said in a message to supporters on Thursday.

Mohammed Hammad, 22, who until recently was the president of San Francisco State University’s General Union of Palestine Students (GUPS), made the troubling statements on the social network, Tumblr. They were subsequently brought to the attention of campus officials and the local police department by AMCHA.

Hammad’s violent postings number in the dozens. In a caption underneath an image of a sword he wrote, “I want it.  Imagine me cutting off the heads of those in the IDF with this.” About members of Hillel he wrote, “I hope they all trip down the stairs and break their necks.” In October 2012 he posted, “I think about killing a lot/and some of you are usually the targets of my daydreams.”

Speaking about the State Department-designated terrorist group, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), he wrote, “I’ve stayed at the home of a branch commander and had dinner with his family.  I’ve also participated in marches and gone to lunch with armed fighters. Guess that makes me a huge terrorist and you should be afraid, because I know where you live.”

Hammad first came to AMCHA’s attention in November, after his organization hosted an all-day celebration commemorating the 6th anniversary of the unveiling of an Edward Said mural on campus. At a booth at the event, students were offered stencils to make signs that said, “MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS KILLED COLONIZERS,” a reference to the killing of Israelis.

At the time SFSU President Wong made a public statement condemning the stencils, but since that time AMCHA says they have heard nothing from him.

In an interview with The Algemeiner, AMCHA co-founder Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, said that she first heard from law enforcement officials less then an hour after she hand delivered letters detailing Hammad’s activity to the local police department and the San Francisco District Attorney.

“I would like to think that they saw the seriousness of our complaint and that they are concerned for the safety of the students at San Francisco State,” she said.

“This kid was the president of a registered student organization on a public campus,” she added. “The fact that he would have anything to do with a terror organization is frightening, really frightening.”

In its latest communique, AMCHA said that university administrators have stated that Mohammad Hammad is no longer enrolled at SFSU and is no longer living on campus.

It is unclear if his departure was a result of any action taken by campus officials, but Rossman-Benjamin said, “I know that as of the end of last semester he was still a student and he was still the president of the student organization.”

“He became the president of the student organization (GUPS) last may,” and “they chose him to be president for this coming academic year,” she said, indicating that his departure from …read more
Source: The Algemeiner

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