Eric Adams berates CUNY grad for ‘divisive’ after calling for attacks on ‘fascist’ police
NYC Mayor Eric Adams has criticized a CUNY law graduate for her “negativity and division” after she sparked anger and criticized “fascist” agents and military personnel in the US.
Yemeni immigrant Fatima Mousa Mohammed gave a graduation speech at the law school of the City University of New York on May 12, but unearthed footage also shows that she previously demanded that Zionist professors be banned from the university.
The controversial clip from the law school graduation set social media ablaze — including lawmakers and the NYC mayor, who issued her “words of negativity and division” today.
During her college years in New York City, Mohammed was known as an ardent protester and active member of Students for Justice in Palestine.
In March 2022, a clip showed her speaking to a crowd of people holding Palestinian flags for “Friends of the IDF” in Midtown Manhattan.
Mohammed said, ‘Demand that Zionist professors are not welcome on your campus. Demand that Zionist students not be in rooms where there are Palestinian students.”
She spoke before a crowd cheered, “We don’t want Zionists here!”
In March 2022, a clip showed Fatima Mousa Mohammed speaking for ‘Friends of the IDF’ in Midtown Manhattan to a crowd of people holding Palestinian flags – where she demanded that Zionist professors be removed from campus
Zionists are people who believe in the rights and protection of a Jewish nation – Israel. Many Jewish people around the world consider themselves Zionists.
Today Eric Adams said in a tweet, “I was proud to offer another message at this year’s CUNY law commencement ceremony – one that celebrates the progress of our city and our country, and one that honors those who fight for our to keep safe and secure. protecting our freedoms, like my Uncle Joe, who died in Vietnam at the age of 19 while giving his life for our country.
“We cannot allow words of negativity and division to be the only words our students hear.”
During her graduation ceremony, Mohammed has repeatedly criticized Israel and associated the Jewish state with oppression and violence, labeling the NYPD and the US military as “fascists.”
The would-be lawyer called on her colleagues to continue “revolutionizing” capitalism, claimed that brown prisoners are being killed daily in US prisons, and denounced her own university for “cooperating in global violence.”
In her graduation speech, she said, “This is the law school that has endorsed and endorsed BDS at the student and faculty level, recognizing that without a critical imperialist colonialist lens, our work and the school’s mission statement is worthless as Israel continues to indiscriminately raining bullets and bombs on believers, murdering old and young, attacking funerals and cemeteries, while encouraging lynch mobs.
“We are the student body and faculty that fought back when the investor-focused administration tried to cross the BDS picket line, saying loud and clear that Palestine can no longer be the exception to our pursuit of justice, that our morality will not be bought by investors.’
She denounced the college for “continuing to work with the fascist NYPD, the military, which continues to train IDF soldiers to carry out that same violence worldwide.”
Jewish Community Relations NY said in a statement following her CUNY speech, “Once again, the CUNY Law School commencement speech by the student body’s elected commencement speaker was incendiary anti-Israel propaganda.
This particular opening speech set aside the truth-seeking principle in a blatant attempt to defame CUNY’s constructive engagement with Israel and New York’s Jewish community and to belittle Israel’s supporters on campus as they traded in anti-Semitic tropes.
“We strongly encourage CUNY to review its guidelines around commencement speeches.”
Eric Adams was pictured Monday at a Memorial Day Commemoration hosted by the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. In his speech he opposed socialism and communism
Fatima Mousa Mohammed (pictured) took her graduation to label the NYPD and US military as ‘fascists’ and called on her colleagues to continue ‘revolution’ against capitalism and racism across the country
The Anti-Defamation League said, “Graduation should be a place for everyone — not a time to belittle students’ identities.”
“We are shocked to see such a blatant display of hostility towards ‘Zionists’ (as many Jews see themselves) and Israel in CUNY Law’s opening speech.
‘This is another example of the damage that Jewish students experience on campus.’
Her speech, which contained multiple references to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, drew widespread criticism from politicians.
Former United States Representative Lee Zeldin said: “Rapid anti-Semitism has completely consumed the City University of New York.
“Until the administration is overhauled and all Jewish students and teachers are once again welcome, taxpayer funding must cease immediately.”
Congressman Mike Lawler added, “This is exactly why I am finalizing legislation to strip universities of their funding if they engage in and promote anti-Semitism.
“CUNY should be ashamed – and lose all the federal funds it currently receives.”
Joel M. Petlin, superintendent of the Kiryas Joel School District, said, “Listen to all 13 minutes of this hateful graduation speech, and you’ll learn what she thinks about the law, police, border patrol, and how she’s the only democracy in the Middle East. East.
“As a New Yorker, I’m appalled that I subsidized her education.”
Texas Senator Ted Cruz added, “City University of New York class day speaker defames Israel and enthusiastically celebrates anti-Semitism.
Cheers to open borders and releasing violent criminals from prison. And denounces the “fascist NYPD.” This is a LAW school. Paid with tax money.’
Another furious viewer online said, “CUNY has become the home of hate.”
Mohammed was previously a summer legal intern at the National Lawyers Guild – and before graduating from CUNY law school, she attended John Jay College and received a bachelor’s degree in Law and Society with a minor in human rights studies
Mohammed began her speech by saying, “I have chosen CUNY law school because of its stated mission to be law in the service of human needs.
“One of the few legal institutions created to recognize that the law is a manifestation of white supremacy that continues to oppress and oppress people in this country and around the world.”
During the speech, Mohammed praised the school and its alumni for “lifting the facade of legal neutrality and confronting the systems of oppression that are wreaking havoc on violence against them.”
“Systems created to feed an empire with a ravenous appetite for destruction and violence.
“Institutions created to intimidate, bully and censor, and suppress the voices of those who want to resist.”
She thanked CUNY for being “one of the few” universities to issue a statement allowing students to organize protests “against Israeli colonialism.” She claimed that Israel “rains bullets and bombs indiscriminately” on Palestinians.
Mohammed went on to list a number of reasons to celebrate her colleagues – including their assistance to asylum seekers – before adding: “We have done all this, despite the racism, selective activism and self-interest of CUNY Central – an institution that remains in our hearts.” abandon.
“Let’s not forget that brown and black men are being killed daily by the state at Rikers… that there are refugees on the southern border who are still trapped.
That the murder of black men like Jordan Neely by a white man on the MTA is seen as dignified by politicians like Eric Adams and Sen. Chuck Schumer.
‘Be able to [the joy, excitement and rage in the auditorium] be the fuel for the struggle against capitalism, racism, imperialism and Zionism around the world.
‘No one will save the world. No movement will liberate the masses.
“Those who brought the brutality of violence, those who carry the revolution, the people, the masses, those who brought the brutality of violence, those who need our protection.
“They will carry this revolution.”
During her speech, she paused to allow for supportive cheers and shouts from audience members, parents, and fellow graduates.
Mohammed was previously a summer legal intern at the National Lawyers Guild.
Prior to graduating from CUNY law school, she attended John Jay College and received a bachelor’s degree in law and society with a minor in human rights studies.
She told the audience at the ceremony that she “comes from the rich soil of Yemen, raised by the humble streets of Queens.”
It is understood that the clip of Mohammed’s speech was removed from YouTube by law school, but has been re-released after a public outcry.
CUNY has been contacted for comment.