Matt McNulty, Daily Mail, September 12, 2021
A student senator at Washington University is being accused of snatching up 2,977 American flags to commemorate the lives lost in the 9/11 terror attacks on the 20th anniversary before throwing them in trash bags.
Fadel Alkilani, who serves as chairman of the student senate finance committee at the St Louis, Missouri university, is allegedly seen filling blue trash bags with the minature flags used as part of the 9/11: Never Forget Project memorial.
A video posted to Twitter by the Young Americans for Freedom, show as the cameraman confronts Alkilani.
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
‘Who are you?’ Alkilani asks the cameraman, identified as Nathaniel Hope, a member of the university’s College Republicans.
Hope described Alkilani as showing ‘no remorse’ before claiming the flags were a ‘violation of school rules.’
‘I did not violate any university or legal policy. Now go away,’ Alkilani told YAF.
Meanwhile, Alkilani allegedly boasted about the act on his Twitter, which has since been set to private.
He claimed the move was done in ‘protest against American imperialism and the 900,000 lives lost as a result of post 9/11 war.’
On Instagram, he bemoaned the widespread condemnation he had received online as the story circulated on social media.
‘Republicans (are) attacking me in the replies,’ Alkilani wrote while sharing a post from Washington University in St. Louis’s Instagram account.
In a statement posted on social media, Alkilani said that ‘there is currently a massive harassment campaign propagated primarily by Washington University College Republicans, as well as the national Young American’s Foundation (YAF)’ regarding an incident that occurred around 6am on Saturday, September 11, 2021.’
‘There is a large amount of misinformation circulating,’ he said before denying he was stealing flags from the campus.
Fox News reports that he had tried to destroy the memorial a night prior on Friday, but was stopped by campus police while doing so, students said.
The news outlet reached out to Alkilani, Washington University and campus police, however there has been no response as of early Sunday morning.
Elsewhere on Saturday, thousands of people gathered in Lower Manhattan for the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.