Student Leader Who Tweeted ‘Jews Will Get What Coming to Them’ Rails Against Exposure as ‘Islamophobic Smear Campaign’
A Minnesota university student leader who tweeted “yahood [Jews] will get what coming for them [sic]” railed on Facebook against exposure of his social media posts as an “Islamophobic smear campaign.”
Mayzer Muhammad — president of the undergraduate student union (USG) at the University of St. Thomas — wrote last Wednesday: “I am coming under attack for being a Muslim leader of the student government at a private Catholic institution,” after his online activity, revealed by campus watchdog Canary Mission, was reported by The Algemeiner two days earlier.
Muhammad called his posts — which included calling Zionists “the scum of the earth” — “poorly chosen…words” written “during a period of time where I was very emotional about Israel’s politics and the loss of life in Gaza.”
“I want to reassure everyone that I am committed to serving and assisting each and every single student that I represent. I also want to assure you all that I stand firmly against anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, divisiveness, and oppression that don’t create an inclusive campus for everyone,” he wrote.
He added, “The tweets that resurfaced were from 3+ years ago and do not reflect what I meant at the time.”
As The Algemeiner reported, Muhammad’s anti-Israel posts are as recent as March 2016, a month before he won his uncontested bid for USG leadership.
Muhammad told local news site FOX 9 that he deactivated his Twitter account after receiving a flood of hostile messages about his social media activity. He also said that he met with the university’s rabbi in residence to discuss the matter.
In an official statement issued on Thursday, USG President Julie Sullivan wrote, “It is deeply disappointing that the president of our student government or any other member of the St. Thomas community would be accused of anti-Semitic discourse.”
Sullivan added that the university “strongly denounces the 2014 statements.”
Neither Muhammad nor USG representatives immediately responded to The Algemeiner‘s request for comment.