Outraged critics are demanding CUNY’s billions of dollars in taxpayer funding be stripped away after a law grad delivered a “hate-filled and dangerous’’ commencement address ripping NYPD “fascists” and Israel.
In her vitriolic May 12 graduation speech at the public City University of New York’s law school, newly minted grad Fatima Mousa Mohammed called for a “revolution” to take on the legal system’s “white supremacy’’ while blasting city cops and the US military and claiming Israel carries out “indiscriminate” murder.
“This hate-filled and dangerous speech has been brought to you by @CUNY and paid for by New York taxpayers,” tweeted Simcha Eichenstein, a Democratic state assemblyman representing Brooklyn. “Keep this in mind next time our elected leaders highlight their commitment to fighting antisemitism.”
Congressman Ritchie Torres (D-NY) said, “Imagine being so crazed by hatred for Israel as a Jewish State that you make it the subject of your commencement speech at a law school graduation.
“Anti-Israel derangement syndrome at work.”
During her speech, Mohammed accused the school of having “self-serving interests” and said it “continues to fail us,” continues to “train and cooperate with the fascist NYPD, the military” and continues “to train [Israeli] soldiers to carry out that violence globally.”
She also called the US legal system “a manifestation of white supremacy that continues to oppress and suppress people in this nation and around the world.”
Barry Grodenchik, a former Democratic city councilman, agreed with Rep. Torres’s assessment of Mohammed’s speech, writing “@RitchieTorres is spot on here.
“This hater can spout her hate where she pleases but it should not be at the publicly funded @CUNY school of law.
“Her antisemitism destroyed this commencement and it must be roundly condemned and should not have been sanctioned with public funds.”
Councilman Ari Kagan — who recently left the Democratic party and became a Republican — called the address a “vile anti-American & anti-Israel speech promoting hate.
“Totally unacceptable graduation speech for taxpayers funded institution. @CUNY & @CUNY Law should immediately condemn this hateful speech & take all steps necessary to address such dangerous rhetoric!” he wrote in a tweet.
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