Thursday, February 20, 2014

From KTVU: SFSU student under fire for anti-Semitic online posts

Its been months.  Finally, the local news stations are picking up on this story.

An Israeli student  at San Francisco State University describes her fear, realizing that Hammad shared a class with her.

A San Francisco State University student is under fire for online posts Jewish students and pro-Israel groups are calling violent and anti-Semitic.

Mohammad G. Hammad, President of the General Union of Palestine Students, last year wrote a series of anti-Israel posts on his Tumblr page that describe wanting to commit violence against fellow students, teachers and Israeli leaders. The tone of the posts is often juvenile and Hammad has in fact admitted his posts were sometimes "immature,” but now, a well-known critic of student Muslim groups is asking San Francisco Police and prosecutors to investigate.

"It's very intimidating to think that someone like this is on the campus and [is] potentially purveying his hatred individually but also through the organization that he leads," said Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, a UC Santa Cruz lecturer...

 On Tuesday, she visited the offices of San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr and District Attorney George Gascon, bearing copies of Hammad's Tumblr writings.

In some of the posts, Hammad writes of wanting to behead or stab Israelis. In others, he refers to wanting to hurt some of his fellow students.

"I was really shocked, taken aback, and I felt really scared," SFSU student Shachar Ben-David told KTVU. The Israeli student shared a class with Hammad and said she'd never seen any sign of hostility from in him. 

"I had to take my finals in a separate room because it turned out the student that had posted these posts was in a class that I was very vocal about being Israeli and an Israel supporter," Ben-David said. 

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