The head of the General Union of Palestine Students (GUPS), which organized an event at San Francisco State University in early November that invited students to create placards using a stencil that read “My heroes have always killed colonizers,” has a record of posting inflammatory comments about Israel and its supporters via social media.
Shortly after the event at San Francisco State University, several pro-Israel blogs uncovered a blog apparently maintained by GUPS head Mohammad Hammad on Tumblr that contained a post featuring an image of him holding a knife.
The text accompanying the photo indicated that Hammad would relish the opportunity to use the blade on an Israeli soldier. "I seriously can not get over how much I love this blade," Hammad wrote. "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…"
That Tumblr blog, and two others apparently owned by Hammad, have since been made private.
Hammad’s posts on his public Facebook and Twitter pages reveal a student with a record of expressing desire for violence against Israel and its supporters. In December 2012, for example, Hammad responded to a tweet by a pro-Israel user about an Israeli soldier that had killed a Palestinian terrorist in the West Bank with the following remark: “You are a sickening supporter of terrorism, I only wish it were you on the other end of this monster’s barrel.”
In a recent tweet, he also described a hashtag that was being used to poke fun at Hamas as being “enough to turn anyone into a militant with your people as the targets.”
In the past year, Hammad, an International Relations major at the university, has also retweeted several tweets by OpIsrael, an international hacking group that targets Israeli and pro-Israel Web sites. In November 2012, he wrote a tweet about the hacking group Anonymous’s apparently successful hacking of an Israeli Web site with the hashtag “#win.”