For months, San Francisco State University has been publicly criticized for hosting Palestinian plane hijacker Leila Khaled and now the government that funds the university could be getting closer to investigating the school for its decision to host the terrorist, The New York Post reports.
The Lawfare Project, which is a civil rights group fighting for the Jewish people and against discrimination, fought the event early on and recommended that the federal government investigate SFSU, claiming the school provided “material support” to a terrorist.
“In normal circumstances, people like Leila Khaled would be barred entry into the United States,” Lawfare Project senior counsel Gerard Filitti told The Post. “However, now we’re living in a world in which Zoom and teleconferences and videoconferences are the norm, and it would be a perversion of justice if terrorists were allowed to spread their message and indoctrinate students by Zoom.”
The pressure was also mounting from Capitol Hill after Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-CO, condemned the University’s decision and called on the Departments of Education, Treasury, Justice, and the FBI to investigate SFSU.
“One problem is that taxpayer dollars are going to this and this is an activity that arguably aids and abets terrorists and that is a violation of U.S. law,” Rep. Lamborn told this reporter during an interview for SaraACarter.com.
Khaled, who is a self-proclaimed member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which is a State Department-designated foreign terrorist organization, is responsible for terrorizing passengers on commercial airliners in two infamous hijackings.
In 1969, Khaled played an integral role in hijacking and diverting TWA Flight 840 from Rome to Tel Aviv to Damascus, Syria. And, in 1970, Khaled attempted to hijack El Al flight 219 from Amsterdam to New York City, during the simultaneous “Black September” hijackings.
Rodney Khazzam was a passenger on the El Al flight. He recounted the horrific attack in an earlier interview with IsraellyCool’s David Lange,
“I do have memories of a lot of chaos,” Khazzam, who was 4-years-old during the attack, told Lange. “I remember, you know, gunshots on the flight because one of the flight attendants was actually shot I believe by Leila Khaled’s partner. I remember another gunshot when the marshals finally were able to subdue Leila Khaled, and in the end, kill her partner on board the flight. I remember people screaming when Leila Khaled tossed a grenade as a last attempt to do something horrible to us when she realized she was being captured… Yeah, It was pretty frightening.”
Despite her terrorism, Khaled was given a platform by SFSU’s Arab and Muslim Ethnicities Diaspora Studies Department (AMED), which planned to host her via Zoom on September 23. Shortly before the event was to occur, Zoom deplatformed it and subsequently Facebook did the same. Further, on the day of the event, Youtube cut the stream minutes into the discussion.
However, University President Lynn Mahoney stood by the event, despite all of the backlash. “Let me be clear: I condemn the glorification of terrorism and use of violence against unarmed civilians,” Mahoney wrote in The Jewish News.
She added, “I strongly condemn antisemitism and other hateful ideologies that marginalize people based on their identities, origins or beliefs. At the same time, I represent a public university, which is committed to academic freedom and the ability of faculty to conduct their teaching and scholarship without censorship.”
For now, there’s no official investigation into the matter. However, the Department of Education is probing SFSU and they’ve requested that the Justice Department and the US Treasury do the same, The Post reports.