A student leader in Minnesota, who tweeted anti-Semitic messages, including that Jews “will will get what coming for them” has fired back at critics, branding it an “Islamophobic smear campaign.”
Mayzer Muhammad, president of the undergraduate student union (USG) at St. Paul’s University of St. Thomas, got into hot water after campus watchdog Canary Mission revealed his past anti-Semitic social media activity, The Algemeiner reported.
His posts and tweets included calling people who support Israel “the scum of the earth” and saying “the yahood [the Jews] will get what coming for them Insha’Allah [please God, in Arabic]”.
Muhammad responded to the allegations of anti-Semitism in a now-deleted Facebook post, saying: “I am coming under attack for being a Muslim leader of the student government at a private Catholic institution.”
He claims his anti-Semitic messages on social media had “poorly chosen … words” and were written “during a period of time where I was very emotional about Israel’s politics and the loss of life in Gaza.”
“I want to reassure everyone that I am committed to serving and assisting each and every single student that I represent. I also want to assure you all that I stand firmly against anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, divisiveness, and oppression that don’t create an inclusive campus for everyone,” he wrote.
Muhammad also added that “The tweets that resurfaced were from 3+ years ago and do not reflect what I meant at the time” despite that some anti-Israel posts were as recent as March 2016, just a month before his bid for a student leadership position.
St. Paul’s University of St. Thomas President Julie Sullivan released a statement, saying: “It is deeply disappointing that the president of our student government or any other member of the St. Thomas community would be accused of anti-Semitic discourse.”
The President added that the university “strongly denounces the 2014 statements.”