An anti-Semitic, anti-Zionist and anti-Israeli speech delivered by a graduate of New York University School of Law (CUNY) at the graduation ceremony went viral and crossed continents on social media.
In a speech given by Fatima Muhammad, an American graduate of the school from Yemen, who was chosen to speak by the students, she makes a variety of anti-Semitic statements and attacks the State of Israel, and finally receives applause. At the beginning of her remarks, she notes that she wishes to "congratulate the Faculty of Law for being the only institution that has made a public statement defending the right of its students to speak publicly against the settlements in Israel."
CUNY law school graduate's controversial graduation speech https://t.co/WB67hoeLzH via @YouTube This foreigner, from Yemen, gave a radical speech, blaming white suppressors. Can start at 2:45
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The attorney general, Alan Dershowitz, who is also a professor emeritus of law at Harvard University, was interviewed by news outlets in the United States and commented on the incident that grabbed headlines all over the world. "This is not just an isolated case in which this jealous woman (Fatima Muhammad) said that all Zionists should burn in hell, and added that all police officers and soldiers of the US army are fascists."
"Not only that," Dershowitz added, criticizing the university's senior staff, "but when she said it, she was applauded by the dean of the law school. So I'm not just talking about bigotry and anti-Semitism, but about such systematic conduct at the law faculty of the public University of New York."
"This university (CUNY) has become a propaganda platform for anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism, whatever is possible. And these are people who have to be lawyers, serve clients, and that's the way they learn. Imagine arriving at your university graduation ceremony and someone there giving a speech about how hell has a special place for people like you just because you're Jewish or Zionist."
According to Dershowitz, "The law faculty should not be part of New York's public university, which will be private and funded with private money. If anyone wants to promote bigotry and racism, let them do so not at the expense of taxpayers in New York."
In the United States, it is noted that this is one of the few cases in which Republicans and Democrats held a similar position and unanimity against the unusual speech. The university itself issued an official response, albeit later after the damage had already been done, stating that the speech was a public expression of hatred against people and communities solely because of their religious, racial or political affiliation."
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