Palestinian SFSU student no longer enrolled at school
[UPDATE #2: 4:00 pm on Fri., Feb. 21] According to Peter Lee, a spokesman in the FBI's San Francisco office, the FBI did at one point question Mohammad Hammad, but determined that he did not pose any criminal or national security threat.
[UPDATE: 4:10 pm on Thu., Feb. 20] According to Sgt. Peter Shields of the SFPD's hate crimes special investigations unit, The FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force began investigating Mohammad Hammad last year, when his Tumblr postings first came to light. Shields was not able to confirm whether the investigation is ongoing. The FBI did not immediately return a request for comment.
[Feb. 19] Mohammad Hammad, a Palestinian student who recently raised concern after allegedly posting violent anti-Israel messages on the Internet, is no longer a student at San Francisco State University. The news was first reported in The Jewish Press and was confirmed Wednesday afternoon by Ellen Griffin, SFSU’s associate vice president of communications, in an email to the Jewish Journal. Griffin did not state whether Hammad left voluntarily or was expelled.
“It is accurate that Mohammad Hammad is not enrolled at SF State for spring semester 2014. I cannot share the reason,” Griffin wrote.
Hammad’s departure comes amidst pressure from Jewish and pro-Israel groups concerned that the 22-year-old
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