Stanford: Muslim student who vowed to “physically fight zionists” resigns as RA, student paper paints him as martyr

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Hamzeh Daoud is the thuggish Muslim student at Stanford University who vowed: “im gonna 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.”

If he had been a member of the College Republicans vowing to “physically fight Leftists on campus,” or a Jewish student vowing to “physically fight Palestinians on campus,” he would have immediately been expelled without a second thought, but since his views coincide with those of the Leftist academic establishment, including, no doubt, the administration and faculty of Stanford University, that possibility wasn’t even on the table.

He has, however, “resigned,” apparently under pressure, as a Resident Assistant, and the budding Leftist propagandists of the Stanford Daily, the university’s principal student paper, are in tears. For Daoud, you see, “apologized for the impact of the original Facebook status — which was later revised to clarify that he does not actually support violent behavior.” He was, poor victim, “projecting [his] own trauma onto others in a way that is never acceptable.” He was snared by “a vehement statement issued by the Stanford College Republicans (SCR),” and there grew to be “widespread concern about the College Republicans’ aggressive rhetoric toward Daoud.” The SCR has, we’re told, been engaging in “engaging in vindictive and harmful targeting of Stanford community members for years.” And “while Hamzeh recognized the pain caused by his post, the SCR has never apologized for the students they expose to hate mail, death threats and cyberbullying.”

This is a Goebbels-like inversion of reality. It was Hamzeh Daoud, not the Stanford College Republicans, who threatened violence. If the SCR didn’t call for or condone “hate mail, death threats and cyberbullying,” then they have nothing for which to apologize. According to the Daily, “after an ‘extensive case assessment,’ the University concluded that Daoud ‘does not pose a physical threat to other members of the community,’ but supposedly “this case has also raised concerns for Daoud’s safety.” In fact, “in a joint statement, the Students for Justice in Palestine at Stanford, Jewish Voice for Peace at Stanford and International Socialist Organization at Stanford criticized the University for failing to protect Daoud from ‘politically motivated harassment’ from the College Republicans and other groups that galvanized to push for his removal.” This jihadi/neo-kapo/Socialist triumvirate roared that “while Stanford claims that its priority is to protect students from violence, we reiterate that this campaign against Hamzeh was not a sincere response to a legitimate threat, but rather the coordinated defamation of a beloved friend, ally, and leader in our community.”

“Coordinated defamation”? Did the Stanford College Republicans forge the Facebook post in which Hamzeh Daoud vowed to “physically fight zionists on campus”? One would almost get the idea that the College Republicans called on people to “physically fight” Hamzeh Daoud. In fact, “the University reported that Daoud has faced death threats as a result of this incident,” such that “the Daily sent SCR members numerous questions about the incident, including one asking about their reaction to Daoud’s numerous death threats. The organization did not respond.”

Good for the SCR. They shouldn’t signify this line of inquiry. The Daily is turning reality on its head, absolving Daoud of any responsibility for his words that actually threatened violence, and holding the College Republicans responsible for alleged death threats although they never threatened or called for violence at all. If “the University” can conclude that Daoud “does not pose a physical threat to other members of the community,” it should also conclude the same about the Stanford College Republicans, but of course it won’t, because it agrees with Daoud, and hates the SCR.

Meanwhile, poor victim Daoud is “entering trauma-based therapy with the Counseling and Psychological Services Center at Stanford.” What trauma? The strain of making physical threats over spurious claims of Israeli atrocities to students who had nothing to do with those atrocities-that-never-were in the first place? In any case, “Norcliffe Resident Fellows Jack and Nancy Kollmann, both professors at the University, said that they found Daoud ‘caring and inclusive,’” the poor lamb. Next they’ll be putting up posters of poor Hamzeh on Gaza streets.

Here is the Stanford College Republicans’ statement; it contains this important point that is lost on the indoctrinated Leftist bots of the Stanford Daily (which quoted it in an earlier form only to highlight the typos, while obviously missing its truth): “this story supports the unsurprising fact that leftists who argue against racism and hate speech are actually the harborers of hate themselves.”

Yes, they are. And Stanford University should be ashamed of itself to allow this sort of thing to go on without even attempting to inject a voice of sanity. After my speech there was forcibly disrupted by administrators and fascist students, I called on Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne and Provost Persis Drell to resign. They didn’t, of course; they probably were too busy receiving accolades from their peers for ensuring that as few students heard me as possible. But this disgraceful handling of the Hamzeh Daoud incident, and the demonization of the Stanford College Republicans, once again reveals how Tessier-Lavigne, Drell, as well as underlings such as Nanci Howe and Snehal Naik, have done nothing less than destroy Stanford University. They have transformed what was once a respected institution into a toxic center of hard-Left indoctrination, incitement, and hate. The fact that Tessier-Lavigne, Drell, Howe and Naik will not resign now is a sorry indication of how far academia in America has fallen today, for their dishonorable behavior is the norm on college campuses.

Enough is enough. Public funding should be withheld from Stanford and all universities and colleges that do not allow for the peaceful airing of all points of view, without threats, stigmatization, marginalization, and worse. Stanford and other radioactive deserts of indoctrination have fattened at the public trough long enough.

“Daoud resigns from Norcliffe RA position,” by Julia Ingram and Holden Foreman, Stanford Daily, August 4, 2018:

Hamzeh Daoud ’20 has resigned from his Resident Assistant position in Norcliffe House, he announced in a statement to The Daily on Friday afternoon. Daoud’s resignation follows two weeks of controversy over a Facebook post in which he originally threatened to “physically fight” Zionists.

Daoud apologized for the impact of the original Facebook status — which was later revised to clarify that he does not actually support violent behavior — and wrote that he would step down from the RA position to focus on his academic endeavors and to “[process] the repercussions of [his] post.”

“I acknowledge the language in my first post had a strong negative effect on many in our Stanford community,” Daoud wrote. “I recognize how I was projecting my own trauma onto others in a way that is never acceptable.”

Daoud also expressed gratitude to “everyone who has helped me through this, including the Stanford administration.”

University officials confirmed his resignation and supported the decision in a public statement….

Demands to fire Daoud on the basis of the post’s text originated with a vehement statement issued by the Stanford College Republicans (SCR), but soon grew to a barrage of petitions, paid advertisements and even a legal threat to the University.

But quickly, other students fired back in defense of Daoud with statements and counter-petitions. Widespread concern about the College Republicans’ aggressive rhetoric toward Daoud emerged.

“SCR has been engaging in vindictive and harmful targeting of Stanford community members for years,” Hannah Smith ’20 wrote in a Daily Op-Ed. “While Hamzeh recognized the pain caused by his post, the SCR has never apologized for the students they expose to hate mail, death threats and cyberbullying.”

SCR posted to Facebook on the day of Daoud’s resignation, claiming “VICTORY!!!!” and crediting itself for seeing the “campaign to fire Daoud” to completion, despite the fact that Daoud was not actually fired. SCR noted in its post that the organization had “sounded the alarm, contacted countless media outlets, contacted multiple Stanford donors and alumni, and sent countless emails to Stanford administrators demanding [Daoud’s] removal.”

Also in its statement, SCR continued to attack what it referred to as “Leftist bigotry and hatred.” The organization thanked those who signed petitions, sent emails and even sought legal counsel to argue that Daoud be fired.

“This story supports the unsurprising fact that leftists who argue against racism and hate speech are actually the harborers of racist [sic] and hate themselves,” SCR wrote. “This episode speaks to SCR’s importance and UNMATHCED [sic] POWER as the ONLY campus organization willing to stand up to the tyrannical left.”

After an “extensive case assessment,” the University concluded that Daoud “does not pose a physical threat to other members of the community.” Publicized acknowledgement of the assessment — revealed in an unusual instance of administrative transparency — were made possible by Daoud’s consent, according to the University.

The statement also acknowledged the magnitude of the post’s original rhetoric.

“The effects of the original post have continued rippling through our campus community and beyond,” the statement reads. “There have been many expressions of concern for the safety of Jewish students at Stanford.”

In turn, this case has also raised concerns for Daoud’s safety. The University reported that Daoud has faced death threats as a result of this incident.

“There is much work yet to be done to help our community work through the issues that have arisen from this episode,” the statement reads. “We are a learning community, and just as the author of the post has told us he intends to do, we must all work together to learn from it.”

The Daily sent SCR members numerous questions about the incident, including one asking about their reaction to Daoud’s numerous death threats. The organization did not respond.

“I am also entering trauma-based therapy with the Counseling and Psychological Services Center at Stanford to help me learn how to regulate my emotions when triggered, and how to use my pain to build a new future, not just perpetuate old trauma,” Daoud said.

In a joint statement, the Students for Justice in Palestine at Stanford, Jewish Voice for Peace at Stanford and International Socialist Organization at Stanford criticized the University for failing to protect Daoud from “politically motivated harassment” from the College Republicans and other groups that galvanized to push for his removal.

“While Stanford claims that its priority is to protect students from violence, we reiterate that this campaign against Hamzeh was not a sincere response to a legitimate threat, but rather the coordinated defamation of a beloved friend, ally, and leader in our community,” the organizations wrote to The Daily.

Norcliffe Resident Fellows Jack and Nancy Kollmann, both professors at the University, said that they found Daoud “caring and inclusive” when they met him through the RA selection process.

“As this unfolded, we were hoping that he would appreciate the seriousness of his posted statement, respond maturely, grow from the experience and return to do his RA job well, for all students,” they wrote in a statement to The Daily. “But such a firestorm of criticism descended that our entire Stanford community has suffered, with Hamzeh himself receiving death threats. Although we are disappointed, we respect his decision to step aside.”…



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