‘I’m Gonna Finish What Hitler Started,’ ‘That Jew Better Run’ Among Social Media Comments by Cleveland Students Revealed by Covert Watchdog
The latest report issued by a covert campus watchdog group revealed a string of highly offensive social media statements made by students at six Cleveland schools over the past few years.
The dossier, released on Thursday, highlighted dozens of antisemitic, homophobic and racist comments, including, “I’m gonna finish what Hitler started,” and “I’m bringing rocks to school…that Jew better run.”
According to the report, compiled by Canary Mission – which anonymously monitors anti-American, anti-Israel and antisemitic activity on US college campuses — the remarks were made by current and former students affiliated with branches of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), the Muslim Students Association (MSA) and the Arab Student Union (ASU) at the Cleveland schools.
Bahaa Falweh, the former president of the Cleveland State University (CSU) ASU, who is currently pursuing an MBA in health administration, tweeted in 2012, “Goodnight everyone, tonight ill be keeping gaza in my thoughts and prayers, inshallah Jews die.”
Earlier that year, he had commented: “If those dirty Jews invade [Gaza] tonight then I will personally hop on a plane, fly there and start killing them my self #realtalk.”
Walaa Mohammad, the current treasurer of the CSU SJP who is also affiliated with the campus MSA branch, tweeted in July 2016, “allah yin3an al yahood [May Allah curse the Jews].” Mashhour Shehadeh, in his last year at CSU, wrote in March 2016: “When life hands you rocks, throw them at yahood [jews].”
Some of the comments were directed at David Blatt, the Israeli-American coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team, with Deanna Silmi — a former student activist with CSU’s SJP and current employee at an Ohio gym — tweeting in June 2015 for Blatt to “go to Hell this win was for Palestine you Zionist.”
Other schools represented in the report include Tri-C and Lorain County Community College. Moe Hamdan — affiliated with Tri-C’s recently organized MSA — wrote in 2012, “Whats the difference between a pizza & a jew? A pizza doesn’t scream in the oven…best joke I’ve heard in a while.” He has also expressed Holocaust denial on a number of occasions.
A report released earlier this week by a second campus watchdog, the AMCHA Initiative, claimed that anti-Israel activities continue to be one of the strongest markers indicating antisemitic incidents on campus.