Stanford University Residential Assistant Threatens to ‘Physically Fight Zionists on Campus’
Jew hatred has come out of the shadows, and it is infecting our universities in a big way.
An undergraduate student at Stanford University in California has expressed a desire to assault peers who support the Jewish nation’s right to self-determination, drawing criticism from some groups on campus.
Hamzeh Daoud, a rising junior, threatened in a Facebook post on Friday to “physically fight zionists on campus next year if someone comes at me with their ‘israel is a democracy’ bullshit. :)”
“[And] after i abolish your ass i’ll go ahead and work every day for the rest of my life to abolish your petty ass ethnosupremacist settler-colonial state,” he wrote.
And no, we don't accept his threats as "just anti-Zionism." Anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism.
Daoud amended the post a few hours later.
Almost four hours after originally publishing his statement, Daoud amended it by replacing “physically” with “intellectually,” and adding, “I edited this post because I realize intellectually beating zionists is the only way to go. Physical fighting is never an answer to when trying to prove people wrong.”
We know that his original post is exactly what he meant. He amended the post after realizing (or somebody explaining to him) that threats of violence could land him in hot water - well most threats of violence can land him in hot water. Threats against Jews on campus these days are excused under the rubric of "free speech," except in serious cases where the perpetrator is subject to a serious wrist slap.
There were responses like this one:
The post drew both condemnation and defense of Daoud, with Courtney Cooperman — a member of the Jewish Students Association board — saying she was “disgusted, although unsurprised, by [SCR’s] petty bullshit.”
“Pro-Israel students don’t need you picking on and calling out other members of the Stanford community,” she argued. “Please message me if you’d like some ideas for productively advancing the campus conversation on Israel in a way that does not involve slandering my friends.”
Unfortunately, some Jewish students don't get it, even when they're subjected to irrational hatred. Even as students like Cooperman defend Daoud, it won't stop hate groups like SJP from excusing or whitewashing the hatred and the threats:
In a separate comment, SJP President Jordi Arnau accused SCR of lacking sensitivity, noting that Daoud “changed the post before your publication because he found a better way to word his thoughts, but you deliberately ignored his correction to ‘intellectually fight’ because all you want is for him to get harassed.”
He suggested that Daoud’s “unfortunate wording” was likely prompted by “the uncontainable anger” he felt in response to news of Israel’s nation-state bill.
If SJP has learned anything, it's how to play the victim even when their aggression leads to threats of violence. They can dish it out, but they can't take it when they're exposed and called to task.
Sadly, the problem is not just Hamzeh Daoud and SJP. From The Stanford Daily:
On Tuesday, Jewish Voice for Peace at Stanford initiated an email campaign to defend Daoud from potential punishment by the University. The Jewish organization has asked students to email various University administrators to convince them that Daoud is not a threat to Jewish students. The email campaign also includes claims that SCR “intentionally misinterpreted [Daoud’s] post” and “triggered a right-wing and alt-right backlash against Daoud.”
“This intentional misinterpretation comes as no surprise, as the Stanford College Republicans have demonstrated on multiple occasions that they support racists and Islamophobes and have previously run smear campaigns against professors and students who express strong support for the Left,” the organization wrote.
Read both articles. They won't make you happy. Read them anyway. If the past is any guide, I'm sure the Stanford University administration will discipline him and remove him from his RA position - never.
For even more insanity, there is this article.