The president of the General Union of Palestine Students at San Francisco State has directly threatened the life of a specific soldier in the Israel Defense Forces, according to the AMCHA Initiative.
AMCHA earlier this month reported that Mohammad G. Hammad, the president of the GUPS chapter at SFSU, had posted a picture of himself holding a large knife on his Tumblr social media site, along with 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.”
In turn, the Simon Wiesenthal Center warned SFSU officials of a potential threat to its Jewish students.
Though the Tumblr post of Aug. 10 reportedly was removed, AMCHA, a nonprofit that works to combat anti-Semitism on college campuses, this week released a statement claiming that Hammad “has put a name and a face to the soldier he would like to kill in one of his [other] Tumblr posts” for allegedly killing a Palestinian teenager in Hebron.
It went on to quote the post: “I’m sitting here looking through pictures of that f—ing scum (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 scum 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.”
In that post, Hammad “encouraged his followers to harass the female IDF soldier” and linked to her Facebook page, according to AMCHA, which also said it had notified SFSU President Leslie Wong and other school officials.
According to Facebook pages, GUPS is a group that “increases awareness of the Palestinian struggle for liberation and justice,” and Hammad is a 21-year-old SFSU student in international relations who was born in Ramallah. GUPS is a funded university group, according to AMCHA.