A student at San Francisco State University appears to have threatened an Israeli soldier in a social media post. In reaction, SFSU President Les Wong has sent out a statement lauding free speech and the role “strong debate” has on campus.
The Jewish Press noted that the post, seen above, was cause for alarm:
The Simon Wiesenthal Center sent a warning to officials at San Francisco State University on Monday, Dec. 2, advising them of a potential threat to Jewish students there. The basis for the warning was the posting on the social media forum Tumblr which appears to be by the president of San Francisco State’s General Union of Palestine Students, Mohammad Hammad. The photo shows Hammad with a knife, beneath which is the caption, “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.”
President Wong's statement, however, made no mention of the incident's specifics, only generically defended the rights for differing views to be fully heard:
First and foremost, I ask that you stay firmly committed to free speech. Strong opinions—and strong disagreements—are essential to the life of our democracy, and the life of our university. While one may want to step in and sanction a student or colleague for speech we find repugnant, our obligation is to allow the lawful airing of views.
FrontPageMag.com noted the hypocrisy in Wong’s reaction:
Even though university presidents now routinely condemn Halloween costumes when Muslims find them offensive, Dr. Leslie Wong, the president of San Francisco State University, without referencing the specifics of the case in any way, urged everyone to “stay firmly committed to free speech. Strong opinions—and strong disagreements—are essential to the life of our democracy, and the life of our university.”
Pro-Israel students and College Republicans at San Francisco State were investigated for stepping on Hamas and Hezbollah flags. The students were accused of “attempts to incite violence and create a hostile environment” because Allah was written on the terrorist flags.
However threatening to stab Israeli soldiers, some of whom, after their service, attend American colleges, is not an incitement to violence or the creation of a hostile environment by San Francisco State University standards.
Allegedly, another post exists in which the student goes into greater detail about which soldier specifically he’d like to murder. That post reportedly reads:
I’m sitting here looking through pictures of that f***ing s*** [NAME REMOVED TO PROTECT THE SOLDIER]….Anyone who thinks there can be peace with animals like this is absolutely delusional, and the only “peace” I’m interested in is the head of this f***ing s*** on a plate, as well as the heads of all others like her, and all others who support the IDF The Liberation of Palestine can only come through the destruction and decimation of this Israeli plague and it can’t possibly come soon enough.
Nothing more has yet been done by San Francisco State officials.