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Tennessee Students’ Calls to ‘Annihilate Jewish, Zionist Dogs’ Uncovered by Covert Campus Watchdog

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University of Memphis campus. Photo: UM.

University of Memphis campus. Photo: UM.

Students at two Tennessee colleges have issued calls on social media to annihilate Jewish and Zionist “dogs,” a covert campus watchdog group revealed to The Algemeiner this week. 

According to Canary Mission — a clandestine organization that monitors anti-American, anti-Israel and antisemitic activities on college campuses — current students at the University of Memphis (UM) and Middle State Tennessee University (MTSU) wrote and promoted posts threatening physical violence against Jews, cursing the Jewish people and demonizing the state of Israel.

The watchdog said in a statement that it decided to “[dig] deeper into the state,” following a similar investigation into the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK), which, as The Algemeiner exclusively reported, uncovered a “cesspool” of antisemitism and racist behavior by a ring of students on campus.

MTSU student Dana Swaies — a former organizer for the school’s Muslim Student Association (MSA) chapter and Muslim Inter-Scholastic Tournament — wrote in an October 2013 transliterated Arabic tweet, “May Allah annihilate the Jewish dogs.”

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On July 14, 2014, the day two rockets were fired into Eilat by Hamas terrorists, Swais heralded the news with the hashtag #PalestineResists and wrote in another transliterated Arabic tweet, “Palestine is our land and the Jews are our dog!!! May Allah annihilate you!”

In 2012, Dareen Ahmad — a member of MSA at MTSU — called for a “new Hitler” to wipe out Israel, the “terror state.”


In several tweets from July 2014 — after the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens by Gaza-based terror group Hamas  — Ahmad tweeted in reference to Jews and Israelis, “May Allah annihilate them…May Allah defeat them. Dogs,” and “May Allah annihilate you [Jews], Allah willing!”


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During the same period, UM freshman Nadeen Elayan called Jews “p***ies” for mourning the three boys.


During Israel’s war against Hamas in Gaza which followed the murder of the three teens, Mohamed Khalil, a sophomore at UM, tweeted in July 2014, “F**k the Jews, may Allah annihilate them.”


That same month, he called for “resistance” against Israel and promoted a graphic that portrays the entire Jewish state as being under Palestinian control.


During a January 2015 discussion on Twitter, UM freshman Nadine Taha likened Israel to Nazi Germany by accusing “Zionists” of carrying out genocide against Palestinians the same way the Nazis attempted to wipe out Jews.

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On August 21, 2016 — hours after rockets were fired into Israel from Gaza, which prompted a retaliatory strike on several terror positions in the coastal enclave — Taha shared a tweet reading, “Israel bombed the Gaza Strip earlier today, over 40 rockets hit. This isn’t about defense, it’s about mass genocide.”

UM freshman Mohammed Basmain a September 2015 tweet, superimposed a photo of his friend’s face on the body of a Nazi concentration camp inmate, and asked followers to “pray for my bro plz.”


In various tweets spanning from 2014 to 2016, MTSU’s Sarah Mahmoud, a member of the school’s MSA chapter, continually demonized Israel by accusing it of oppressing its Christian population.

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MTSU’s Rose (Abeer) Ahmad — an MSA member and promoter of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement — retweeted images depicting Moroccan garbage collectors throwing out trash bags with the Star of David on them.


In April 2015, she retweeted a post that delegitimized Israel and negated the Jewish connection to the land.


The release of Canary Mission’s findings on radical UM and MTSU students comes some four months after UTK was thrust under the spotlight when it was revealed, as The Algemeiner exclusively reported, that students associated with the school’s MSA and Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) chapters were responsible for a total of “97 highly racist, bigoted, antisemitic or threatening posts” on social media.

One UTK SJP member tweeted, “Had to write about a leader for DCL class. Wrote about Hitler. Cuz he’s a boss,” while a recent UTK graduate attacked a Jewish social media user, referring to “dirty filthy Jews.” The founder of UTK’s SJP chapter tweeted support for terrorism against Israel.

Responding to The Algemeiner’s request for comment, Vice President for External Relations at UM Tammy Hedges said the school was “unaware of the postings” by some of its students and that its dean of students, Dr. Justin Lawhead, “will immediately begin a review of the situation and the student status of the individuals involved.”

“The University of Memphis, our community and nation, is strengthened and unified by our diversity. Although our local and national challenges can be significant, racism and bigotry cannot be tolerated,” she told The Algemeiner.

MTSU Director of Media Relations Jimmy Hart told The Algemeiner the university does not generally monitor the social media accounts of its students.

“If an enrolled student files a complaint with our Judicial Affairs Office about a specific threat directed toward that student by another enrolled student via social media or otherwise, we would investigate. Federal privacy laws prohibit the university from disclosing information about specific student discipline,” he said. “While our university doesn’t condone or support offensive speech, the First Amendment guarantees freedom of speech to our students, just as it guarantees the right of others to object to that speech.”

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