Muhammad admits to liking ‘..sheep, the color purple and talking to inanimate objects..’
by, Lori Lowenthal Marcus | The Jewish Press – The Jawa Report – h/t Blazing CatFur
It appears the president of a university-funded student group at San Francisco State boasted how much he loved his knife and that it made him want to stab an Israeli soldier.
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.”
The AMCHA Initiative, the co-founder of which has been featured in The Jewish Press for her tireless work in exposing anti-Semitism on California campuses, first found the photo and threatening language.
Earlier this month, AMCHA discovered that GUPS was involved in another event at SFSU at which students were encouraged to create art projects using a stencil bearing the image of a notorious terrorist and another stencil that stated “MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS KILLED COLONIZERS.”
Both AMCHA and the Wiesenthal Center contacted SFSU President Leslie Wong over the past several days, warning her that statements such as the one allegedly issued by Hammad, especially given the other recent event in which GUPS was involved that also glorified killers of Jews, potentially constitute a threat to the university’s Jewish students.
The Wiesenthal Center told Wong and issued a public statement that “it is outrageous and unacceptable that the leader of a university-funded group would invoke a message of death and violence.”
“How can Jewish students feel safe on a campus where the leader of a university-sanctioned and funded student organization, known for its antisemitic activity, has publicly proclaimed his desire to stab an Israeli soldier?
“President Wong needs to take immediate and firm steps to ensure the safety and well-being of Jewish students at San Francisco State,” Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, co-founder of the AMCHA Initiative, told The Jewish Press by email.
The photo and violent statement disappeared from Hammad’s account after the two Jewish groups contacted Wong, but a cached version of the picture on Tumblr remains.
From the Jawa Report:
‘..I’m guessing this guy is a Tea Partier..’
The fact that SFSU hasn’t and won’t do anything just goes to show that most of what passes for cultural sensitivity is just slang for we don’t believe brown people are as morally accountable as white people. It’s not even the soft bigotry of low expectations, it’s the hard bigotry of believing Muslims don’t have it in them to act in a civilized manner and therefore we’ll treat them like children. Or retards.
And yes, this guy does support terrorism. The last time I checked, Hamas is a terrorist organization and it looks like he has fond feelings for them.
And the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, also a terrorist organization.
Islamic Center of Wheaton, Il. 900 E Geneva Rd, Wheaton, IL 60187
by, Bob Goldsborough | Chicago Tribune
A mosque recently moved into a former church building on the northeast side of Wheaton, becoming what is believed to be the city’s first Islamic institution.
In late August, the Islamic Center of Wheaton bought and moved into the 26,193-square-foot former First Assembly of God Church at 900 E. Geneva Road, at the southwest corner of Geneva Road and President Street. Records show that, through a bank trust, the Islamic Center of Wheaton paid $3.15 million for the church and its 7.08-acre property.
Mosque spokesman Abraham Antar said he and his fellow congregants are excited about their new home, which he said is Wheaton’s first Muslim community.
“Wheaton is a city of faith, and we’re very privileged to be able to establish an Islamic community for Wheaton and especially for the western suburbs,” he said. “There are a lot of Muslims in Wheaton and the surrounding towns. It’s unfortunate for the (First Assembly of God) church that they lost their opportunity to stay there.”
Antar also said Islamic Center of Wheaton leaders are looking forward to getting to know other religious institutions in the area.
“This is a beautiful location, and one of the great attractions is that it gives us an opportunity as an Islamic organization to really connect with other churches,” he said. “It really presents us with an opportunity to really bridge the relationship with all congregations within the area. We haven’t really started yet, but we would like to.”
Antar said about 700 to 800 men and women have been worshiping at the mosque each Friday.
“Everybody seems really happy with this place,” he said.
In recent years, the one-story Wheaton church building had been on the market as the church had fallen on hard times. The church, at one point, even proposed a dense, multifamily housing development on the property. In 2011, the church’s lender, State Bank of Illinois, initiated foreclosure proceedings. The bank then took title to the property in September 2012 at a sheriff’s sale, and the bank sold the property to the mosque. The First Assembly of God stopped holding services and moved out of the building in January, local officials said.
Over the past several years, Muslim groups have struggled to win zoning approval for mosques around DuPage County. Two separate groups in 2011 won hard-fought battles before the DuPage County Board to pave the way for mosques near Willowbrook and Lombard. Two other groups resorted to federal lawsuits after DuPage County Board members gave the thumbs-down to plans for mosques near West Chicago and Naperville, prompting board members to reverse course.
The Islamic Center of Wheaton did not require zoning changes because the building is being used for the same purpose — as a religious institution — and had been vacant for only about seven months, city officials said. Under the terms of the special-use permit that the First Assembly of God was granted by the Wheaton City Council in 1990 before constructing the church, the building would only be considered “abandoned” and require new zoning approval it had been vacant for more than 18 months. Mosque leaders needed simply to apply for an occupancy permit with the city.
In Wheaton, Antar said the mosque received its occupancy permit from the city’s staff immediately after the group was able to prove the building had been vacant for less than 18 months.
“We want to present a positive image of an Islamic center,” Antar said. “We just want to be a good neighbor. The Prophet (Muhammad) said we have to be a good neighbor, and that’s what we want to be.”