Watchdog group exposes potential terrorist at SFSU

AMCHA-logo-revised20Campus anti-Semitism watchdog group AMCHA (phonetic “your people” in Hebrew) Initiative announced yesterday that its effort to alert administrators and police about a potential terrorist at San Francisco State University (SFSU) was successful. They emailed this letter to their supporters:

 “Thank you to all of you.  Because of your calls to San Francisco State University and multiple inquiries from reporters yesterday, university administrators have stated that Mohammad Hammad is no longer enrolled at SFSU and is no longer living on campus.  

In addition, today we spoke with the SF Police Department Office of Special Investigations, and the sergeant informed us that Hammad is being investigated by the Joint Terrorism Task Force and the FBI. 

We remain concerned that the terrorist ideology espoused by Hammad is embraced by other members of the student organization he ran, General Union of Palestine Students, (GUPS), and we will continue to closely monitor the investigation and the group.”

AMCHA alerted authorities about remarks posted by Hammad on his “Tumblr” web site account such as the following:

“There are children shouting outside and I want to set them on fire.”

“I think about killing a lot/and some of you are usually the targets of my daydreams.”

Caption underneath photo of long sword: “I want it. Imagine me cutting off the heads of those in the IDF with this.”

“Oh/And, tomorrow is (hopefully) the day that I find out if I will be the President of the General Union of Palestine at my school/…Hopefully I’ll be able to radicalize half of our population and bring them back with me as fighters.”

On the Jewish student group, Hillel: “I hope they all trip down the stairs and break their necks.”

Speaking of the State Department-designated terrorist group, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP): “I’ve stayed at the home of a branch commander and had dinner with his family. I’ve also participated in marches and gone to lunch with armed fighters. Guess that makes me a huge terrorist and you should be afraid, because I know where you live.”

AMCHA had this to say further on their web site:

“Hammad is also the president of the SFSU student organization, General Union of Palestine Students (GUPS). AMCHA Initiative turned over the postings and photos to San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon.”

In light of school shootings and other murderous violence on college campuses in California and throughout the country, AMCHA Initiative is deeply troubled by these postings and worried about the continued safety and well-being of students at SFSU, especially Jewish students.

AMCHA Initiative began monitoring GUPS, in November, after the organization hosted an all-day celebration commemorating the 6th anniversary of the Edward Said mural where students could use stencils to make signs that said, “MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS KILLED COLONIZERS,” a reference to the killing of Jews. SFSU President Wong made a public statement condemning the GUPS’s stencils glorifying violence after AMCHA Initiative informed him about the matter.

Photo Hammad posted

Photo Hammad posted

From Jewishpress.com, which claimed it copied this from Hammad's site

From Jewish Journal, which claimed it copied this from Hammad’s site

In December, AMCHA discovered a Hammad posting, underneath a picture of himself brandishing a large knife, that read: “I seriously can not get over how much I love this blade. It is the sharpest thing I own and cuts through everything like butter and just holding it makes me want to stab an Israeli soldier.” (see photo from Jewish Journal article)

On August 1, 2013, Citizens Journal of Ventura County posted an original story about the appointment of a female Muslim student activist at U.C. Berkeley as Student Regent for 2014-15. https://citizensjournal.us/controversial-uc-appointments/ The article mentioned many similar activities at campuses state wide and even nationally. AMCHA frequently does battle with the administrations of California State University of Northridge, U.C. Davis, U.C. San Diego, and U.C. Irvine.

SFSU with its cosmopolitan location, draws students from around the world and the nation, including Ventura County. Although AMCHA does not wish to stop anyone from attending the school of their dreams, they do recommend caution to Jewish students in particular.

The group was is run by Tammi Benjamin, a Lecturer in Hebrew and Jewish Studies at U.C. Santa Cruz, and Professor Emeritus Leila Beckwith, a former medical professor at U.C.L.A. Benjamin has become a controversial figure at her school due to her public lectures at synagogues nationwide on the dangers of campus anti-Semitism. This includes what she sees as the Islamist and Muslim Brotherhood foundation of several campus groups and their anti-Israel events. AMCHA also monitors classroom rhetoric regarding Israel and Jews.

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Daniel Gelman has been a Reporter/Writer for several years, specializing in News, Business, Feature, and Op-Ed.

 

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