Covert Campus Watchdog Discovers University of Houston Students Praising Hitler, Expressing Desire to Hurt Jews on Social Media
A group of students from the University of Houston (UH) have been routinely expressing the desire to hurt or harass Jews in posts on social media, a covert campus watchdog group revealed on Thursday.
Canary Mission — which anonymously monitors anti-American, anti-Israel and antisemitic activities on college campuses — told The Algemeiner that it has uncovered a “disturbing degree of hatred” among 12 current and recently graduated UH students who have posted dozens of violent, racist messages directed at Jews and Israel. A number of these students, the group said, are affiliated with UH’s Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and Muslim Student Association (MSA) chapters, as well as with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
According to a Canary Mission representative, the group found a number of “antisemitic and threatening catch phrases repeated over and over again in various forms, such as ‘Jews are dogs’ and ‘Jews should be cursed,’ as well as regular praise for Adolf Hitler.”
UH sophomore Noor Radwan was named by the watchdog group as one of the more extreme message-posters, regularly praising Hitler and expressing contempt for Jews. In March 2014, for example, Radwan tweeted “Hitler mah n**ga,” and later that year in June, “Hitler said he left some Jews alive so the world would know why he killed em.”
In July 2016, Radwan wrote, “Allah yil3an el yahood [May Allah curse the Jews].” In November that same year, she tweeted, “Ya’ll don’t understand I wanna beat a zionist b***h up so bad.”
In October 2015, Radwan asked her Twitter followers via a survey, “If you could press one button to kill all zionists, but it would also kill every Jew out there, would you press it?” Forty percent answered yes and 60% answered no. Radwan followed up her tweet with, “I ain’t know I got some Jew followers.”
UH junior Yousef AlYassir — affiliated with the MSA — was also named by Canary Mission for years’-worth of posts “cheering Hitler for killing Jews and bragging about trolling Jews online in order to harass them.”
In February 2016, AlYassir posted a screenshot on Twitter of his account being blocked by a user on the live video-sharing platform Periscope, after he wrote, “Yeah f**k you Jewish b***h.” The message accompanying the tweet said, “My new favorite thing to do is to find Jewish people on periscope and do this.”
In May 2012, AlYassin called for the murder of Jews, writing in a tweet, “F**K THE JEWS F**K EM ALL KILL ALL THE JEWS ATTA BOY HITLER [sic].”
Mamoon Hindi, a UH junior associated with the school’s SJP and MSA chapters, has also spread hatred of Jews and Israel on his personal social media accounts. Tweets spanning from 2015 to 2016 repeatedly show Hindi using phrases like “Zionist f**k face douchebag,” “Zionist scum,” “f**king Zionist Jew faggot” and “f**king Zionist c**t.”
According to Canary Mission, it came as “no surprise” that many of the 12 UH students found engaging in hateful online rhetoric are affiliated with SJP, MSA and BDS.
“These groups have a clear raison d’etre — to deny the right of the Jewish people to every inch of their homeland — which is, in its very essence, antisemitic. These groups are magnets for the worst kinds of antisemitism, hate speech and bigotry,” Canary Mission told The Algemeiner. “Unfortunately, we are still scraping the surface of rampant antisemitism, racism and bigotry on North American campuses. There is more to come.”
Responding to Canary Mission’s findings, Executive Director of Houston Hillel Rabbi Kenny Weiss told The Algemeiner that his organization “takes very seriously any inflammatory comments directed at Jews, whether from current students, faculty or alumni.”
“Hillel professionals and student leaders work with the University of Houston community to ensure a safe environment for Jewish students and the Jewish community,” he said.
Responding to The Algemeiner’s request for comment, a UH spokesman stated, “The University of Houston stands firm on the values of diversity and inclusion. As the second most diverse public research institution in the country, we strongly condemn statements of hate and encourage constructive and respectful dialogue, cultural awareness and a spirit of unity. UH remains committed to the principles of free and open expression and the Constitutional rights of students.”
Watch Canary Mission’s video, “Houston, We Have An Antisemitism Problem,” below: