Despicable: Student Defies Police & Tears Down 9/11 Display In Protest Of...
This is just disgusting. A group of students put up a flag for each victim of 9/11 at their university and then another student decided it didn't fit his beliefs so he took it down. Fadel Alkilani was told by the police not to take it down on more than one occasion. But he circled back early Saturday morning to collect all of the flags and throw them out.
"At 6 am Saturday morning, a student senator at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, was caught removing American flags from a campus memorial display remembering the lives lost during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
"The student government member, identified as vice president of finance for the student union Fadel Alkilani, was caught red-handed removing numerous 9/11 flags that were placed on Mudd Field and tossing them in trash bags. The thousands of commemorative flags were part of the Young America's Foundation's memorial 9/11: Never Forget Project for the lives lost at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and on United Flight 93. 2,977 flags were planted in the ground, one for each innocent life murdered by the radical Islamic terrorists. Nathaniel Hope, a member of the WU College Republicans, originally filmed the incident as the agitated Alkilani carried multiple trash bags stuffed with American flags he had plucked while he continued to steal more."
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WOW: A student senator at @WUSTL was caught on video throwing away 2,977 American flags from conservative students' 9/11: Never Forget Project memorial.
— YAF (@yaf) September 11, 2021
"The conservative student said that Alkilani showed "no remorse." Hope noted that the removal of the 9/11 flags were "in violation of school rules." The young College Republican added in a statement to YAF that Alkilani was "also saying profanity."
"According to YAF's press release, the national organization reached out to Alkilani, who replied, "I did not violate any university or legal policy. Now go away."
According to Fox News, Alkilani wrote on Twitter that his intentions were to "protest against American imperialism and the 900,000 lives lost as a result of post 9/11 war." In an Instagram story, Alkilani wrote that "there is a massive harassment campaign propagated primarily by Washington University College Republicans, as well as the national Young American's Foundation regarding an incident that occurred at approximately 6 am on Saturday September 11, 2021."
Alkilani's lengthy Instagram statement goes on to claim that he's a victim and attempts to justify the vandalism as an act to fight "Islamophobia" and criticize the American military interventions that followed the 9/11 attacks. "Any memorial of 9/11 that does not contend with these facts is not only incomplete, but it also amplifies pro-imperialist sentiment and actively disrespects those who have died because of American Invasion," Alkilani penned.
"Muslims such as I have faced fear, harassment, and Islamophobia from these who unjustly use the victims of 9/11 as a political cudgel," Alkilani stated. "Those who died during 9/11 deserve better than to be used as a political tool by those who seek to excuse American imperialism and Islamophobia," wrote Alkilani.
"Washington University responded to YAF's request for comment, stating that officials are "disappointed" to learn about the memorial's "disruption" and "condemn the interference with the expression of support by the College Republicans for the victims of the national tragedy..."In the identical statement that Vice Chancellor for Marketing and Communications Julie Flory emailed to Student Life, the student newspaper noted that administrators did not mention Alkilani by name.
"The actions surrounding this incident were not on behalf of the university or a university-sponsored organization. We value freedom of expression in all forms and will work to ensure that all students are able to express their points of view through appropriate channels without disrupting the rights of others to show support for causes they care about."
Alkilani should face some sort of punishment. A normal person would have walked on by if they had some weird problem, but not Alkilani, he had to tear down and throw out the whole display. You know, he likely learned this anti-American philosophy school too. This is more of that Liberal tolerance.