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November 26, 2013 1:24 pm

As Legislators Congratulate SF State University President for Standing up to Anti-Semitism, Student Group Hate Speech Exposed

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From a Tumblr page of Mohammad Hammad, president of the General Union of Palestinian Students, at San Francisco State University. Photo: Screenshot / Elder of Ziyon.

From a Tumblr page of Mohammad Hammad, president of the General Union of Palestinian Students, at San Francisco State University. Photo: Screenshot / Elder of Ziyon.

As nine California legislators on Tuesday congratulated San Francisco State University President Dr. Leslie Wong for standing up to anti-Semitism on campus last week, online activity of the student group in question showed even more blatant displays of Jew hate.

“It is imperative that we recognize individuals who have the courage to stand up to intolerance and bigotry,” Assembly member Marc Levine (D-San Rafael), a member of the Assembly Higher Education Committee and the Legislative Jewish Caucus, along with eight other legislators, said in an open letter to Wong. “We thank you for your work to preserve a culture of tolerance at San Francisco State University and applaud your efforts to discourage exhibitions of discrimination.”

Last week, Wong had condemned a campus event held by the General Union of Palestine Students (GUPS) as anti-Semitic, after AMCHA Initiative, a group that fights campus hate speech against Jews, wrote to the administration to protest. Wong’s censure was the first time an administrator from SFSU admitted or condemned an act of anti-Semitism on campus.

The maelstrom was sparked by a stand at an event which invited passers-by to create their own placards with a stencil that read, “My heroes have always killed colonizers.”

Wong said, “I am dismayed by the glorification of violence that this message conveys. There is no place at SF State for celebrating violence or promoting intolerance, bigotry, anti-Semitism or any other form of hate-mongering. We are a university community committed to furthering civil dialogue. Each of us must remain vigilant in working to achieve this goal.”

The conciliatory words from the university and legislators came in the face of denials and more hate speech from the student leader behind the rally.

On Facebook, Mohammad Hammad, president of the General Union of Palestinian Students, denied the charges against his group: “We are appalled at this blatant attack against the integrity and principled position that GUPS has maintained throughout its history. We are horrified by the baseless attack and allegations of anti-Semitism that have been leveled against GUPS and the Cesar Chavez Student Center, the organizers of the 6th annual anniversary of the Palestinian Cultural Mural honoring the late professor Edward Said,” he wrote.

Blogger Elder of Ziyon and researcher Bob Knot tracked down the rest of his online footprint, and were appalled to see the extent of his hatred for the Jews of Israel.

“Hammad has three Tumblr accounts, which have all recently become password  protected: palestinianliberator, canttouchthisnuhnuhnuh, and astrangerdanger. Between the time that the disgusting signs were publicized and the time that the GUPS realized that they have a public relations problem, Hammad described to his friends on Tumblr exactly who the target of the signs are – and his opinion does not refer only to to Jews who lived in Israel in the 1940s,” the blogger wrote.

From a Tumblr page of Mohammad Hammad, president of the General Union of Palestinian Students at San Francisco State University. Photo: Screenshot / Elder of Ziyon.

From a Tumblr page of Mohammad Hammad, president of the General Union of Palestinian Students at San Francisco State University. Photo: Screenshot / Elder of Ziyon.

One of his Tumblr accounts read:

“You know what? / Israelis ARE colonizers, there is literally no way around it / And you know what else? / My heroes HAVE always killed colonizers / I literally see nothing wrong with this and my only regret is that not all colonizers were killed / HMM”

Elder of Ziyon also found a speech written by Hammad that calls for violent uprising in Israel and condones the killing of Israelis in a war of “liberation”:

“I will no longer support the two-state solution, and will vie for the liberation of Palestine through the reclamation of the lands that are rightfully ours through any means necessary. If the Israelis want to live in peace with us, so be it, but this peace will NOT be on their terms. It may be Palestinian freedom fighters who pull the triggers, but whatever lives are lost in the battle for liberation rest squarely on the shoulders of Israel. Until return, and until liberation, one-state for Palestinians through any means necessary.

Another account showed a photograph of a hand, presumably Hammad’s, giving the middle finger to a U.S. Armed Forces recruitment office from inside a car with a dashboard lined with a Palestinian flag.

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  • Beatrix17

    Israel has been a legally established state for 65 years. Israelis are in their 2nd, 3,rd, 4th, 5th and 6th generation of being native Israeli Mid-Easterners and their ancestors were there for 4,000 years before that. You’re in college. It’s time to let go of the colonizer propaganda and stop being stupid.

  • Via Twitter

    Thank you for exposing them!

    Even the #SFSU GUP tshirts glorify terror and violence!

    Anarcho-Zionist “

  • Lynne T

    Great that Dr. Wong denounced the GUPS’s hate mongering, but what does he plan to do about its presence on campus? It couldn’t exist with Hammad as its president without some support from the students, the Chavez Centre’s staff and possibly some of the academic faculty too.

  • Bernard Ross

    jews need a clandestine group of assassins. The libels are what always preceded pogroms. It is a mizvah to kill those first who seek to kill you and your family.

  • Debra Michels

    Muslims have always colonized large amounts of lands and peoples – with brutal violence and disregard for human rights – so what’s the double standard here? OK for Islam to colonize, but not OK for others – the West, etc.

    Of course, I realize there is a big difference between Jewish return to the Land and colonization – it’s just that Islam’s double standards bother me.

  • Dr. Allan Bernstein

    “Israel was not created in order to disappear – Israel will endure and flourish. It is the child of hope and the home of the brave. It can neither be broken by adversity nor demoralized by success. It carries the shield of democracy and it honors the sword of freedom.

    The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.”

    John F. Kennedy

    All of these idiotic student groups cling to Myths. There is no historic claim whatsoever to the Land other than the one documented in the history by the Jews. No contrived narrative will ever change the Facts.

  • I. Barr

    Please view this video regarding comparative religion, Islam compared to Judaism and Christianity. Everybody must take about one hour to read this very important pdf.

  • The sad truth is that at least a third of the Jewish Israelis AGREE with him totally. And everyone in the Kenesset is willing ti conceed somethig. The only solution is Moshiach NOW!

  • Felicity Scott

    Israelis are colonisers? Right, so three THOUSAND years of Jewish history in Israel, Judaea and Samaria count for nothing. The fact the Y-chromosomal analysis of Jewish populations shows middle eastern descent, counts for nothing. The fact that the Arabs invaded and COLONIZED Israel Judaea and Samaria after the Roman Empire fell apart, counts for nothing. I’m sick of pussy-footing around the issue: just because you’re not white does not mean you are automatically exempt from the label ‘Colonist’. The Arabs are an illegal colonial occupying force – and anyone who tries to say otherwise is a fool, a charlatan or a bigot.

    • Ruth Muskat

      Felicity, Arabs are racially Caucasian and are genetically related to the Mizrachim, one set of Jews. Otherwise, I agree with and appreciate what you have said

      • iche

        @Ruth: i am a little puzzled whether what you are saying regarding your racial theory, is somehow related to that one invented in IIIReich
        Other than that i also fully agree with Felicity.
        I would add also that the systematic immigration of arabs from Irak and egypt into Palestine during the ottman occupation was also illegal and do not confere the right on that land. that was by the way renamed by the romans into palestine and included also Jordan which is a british invention.
        Furthermore one should not forget that Jews were discriminated, killed, stolen in their former countries such as Egypt, Iran, Irak, Yemen, north Africa, and forced to flee to Palestine

        • Sonia Willats

          Not to mention systematic persecution and decimation from Europe! Israel is a nation of REFUGEES who returned home to survive persecution in the countries they were regarded as not-belonging-to. We all know this.

          But Moschiah is coming, and the nation are returning home. Psalm 2, Isa 11 etc.

          Hatred affects lives; even severely. But it never wins in the end.

    • Marta Mikey Frid

      Well said!

      • William Rothman

        At the end of World War II, the Western Powers felt so terrible about what the Germans had done to the Jews that the Western Powers gave the surviving Jews half of someone Palestinian, the Palestinians land. Strange, it do not occur to the Western Powers to give them part of Germany, which had carried out the genocide against the Jews. Just an oversight I imagine.