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December 5, 2013 0

Head Of Pro-Palestinian Student Group Posts Inflammatory Comments On Israel

The head of the Gen­eral Union of Pales­tine Stu­dents (GUPS), which orga­nized an event at San Fran­cisco State Uni­ver­sity in early Novem­ber that invited stu­dents to cre­ate plac­ards using a sten­cil that read “My heroes have always killed col­o­niz­ers,” has a record of post­ing inflam­ma­tory com­ments about Israel and its sup­port­ers via social media.mohammad-hammad-gups-israel

Shortly after the event at San Fran­cisco State Uni­ver­sity, sev­eral pro-Israel blogs uncov­ered a blog appar­ently main­tained by GUPS head Moham­mad Ham­mad on Tum­blr that con­tained a post fea­tur­ing an image of him hold­ing a knife.

The text accom­pa­ny­ing the photo indi­cated that Ham­mad would rel­ish the oppor­tu­nity to use the blade on an Israeli sol­dier. “I seri­ously can not get over how much I love this blade,” Ham­mad wrote. “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…”

 That Tum­blr blog, and two oth­ers appar­ently owned by Ham­mad, have since been made private.

Hammad’s posts on his pub­lic Face­book and Twit­ter pages reveal a stu­dent with a record of express­ing desire for vio­lence against Israel and its sup­port­ers. In Decem­ber 2012, for exam­ple, Ham­mad responded to a tweet by a pro-Israel user about an Israeli sol­dier that had killed a Pales­tin­ian ter­ror­ist in the West Bank with the fol­low­ing remark: “You are a sick­en­ing sup­porter of ter­ror­ism, I only wish it were you on the other end of this monster’s barrel.”

In a recent tweet, he also described a hash­tag that was being used to poke fun at Hamas as being “enough to turn any­one into a mil­i­tant with your peo­ple as the targets.”

In the past year, Ham­mad, an Inter­na­tional Rela­tions major at the uni­ver­sity, has also retweeted sev­eral tweets by OpIs­rael, an inter­na­tional hack­ing group that tar­gets Israeli and pro-Israel Web sites. In Novem­ber 2012, he wrote a tweet about the hack­ing group Anonymous’s appar­ently suc­cess­ful hack­ing of an Israeli Web site with the hash­tag “#win.”

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