Claudia Aoraha, Daily Mail, May 29, 2023
Ted Cruz and other lawmakers have slammed a NYC college for allowing a graduate to give a ‘hateful’ speech attacking the US military – all while getting her education on the taxpayer’s dime.
Yemeni immigrant Fatima Mousa Mohammed user her commencement speech at City University of New York’s law school on May 12 to claim that laws are ‘white supremacy’ and attack American institutions for being ‘fascist.’
The controversial clip from the law graduation ceremony inflamed people on social media – including lawmakers themselves.
Mohammed blasted the NYPD and the US military as ‘fascists’ and called on her peers to continue to ‘revolution’ against capitalism and racism across the country.
The future lawyer claimed that black and brown prisoners are murdered daily in US jails, and turned on her own university for ‘cooperating with global violence.’
Mohammed started her speech by saying: ‘I chose CUNY school of law for its articulated mission to be law in the service of human needs.
‘One of very few legal institutions created to recognize that the law is a manifestation of white supremacy that continues to oppress and suppress people in this nation and around the world.’
Her speech, which also included multiple references to the Israel Palestine conflict, gartered criticism from swathes of people.
Former United States Representative Lee Zeldin said: ‘Raging antisemitism has fully consumed the City University of New York.
‘Until the administration is overhauled and all Jewish students and faculty are welcome again, taxpayer funding must be immediately halted.’
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 of itself — and should lose any 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 of the law, police, border security, and how she singles out the only democracy in the Middle East.
‘As a New Yorker, I’m shocked that I subsidized her education.’
Texas Senator Ted Cruz added: ‘City University of New York class day speaker slanders Israel & enthusiastically celebrates antisemitism.
‘Cheers on open borders & releasing violent criminals from jail. And decries the “fascist NYPD.” This is a LAW school. Paid for with tax dollars.’
Another irate viewer online said: ‘CUNY has become the home to hate.’
During the speech, Mohammed heralded the school and her alumni for ‘working to lift the façade of legal neutrality and confront the systems of oppression that wreck violence on them.
‘Systems that were created to feed an empire with a ravenous appetite for destruction and violence.
‘Institutions created to intimidate, bully, and censor, and stifle the voices of those who to resist.’
She thanked CUNY for being ‘one of the only’ universities who made a statement allowing students to organize protests ‘against Israeli settler colonialism.’ She claimed that Israel ‘indiscriminately rains bullets and bombs’ on Palestinians.
Mohammed then rattled off a number of reasons to celebrate her peers – including their aiding of asylum seekers – before adding: ‘We did all of this, in spite of the racism, selective activism, and self serving interests of CUNY central – an institution that continues to fail us.
‘That continues to cooperate with the fascist NYPD, the military, that continues to train IDF soldiers to carry out that same violence globally.’
‘Let us remember that daily brown and black men are being murdered by the state at Rikers…that there are refugees at the southern border who are still locked up.
‘That the murder of black men like Jordan Neely by a white man on the MTA is dignified by politicians like Eric Adams and Sen Chuck Schumer.
‘May [the joy, excitement and rage in the auditorium] be the fuel for the fight against capitalism, racism, imperialism and Zionism around the world.
‘No one person will save the world. No single movement will liberate the masses.
‘Those who brought the ferocity of the violence, those who carry the revolution, the people, the masses, those who brought the ferocity of the violence, those who need our protection.
‘They will carry this revolution.’
Throughout her speech, she paused to allow for supportive cheers and screams from audience members, parents, and fellow graduates.
Mohammed was previously a legal intern for the summer at the National Lawyers Guild.
Before graduating from the CUNY school of law, she attended from John Jay College and got a Bachelor’s in Law and Society with a minor in Human Rights Studies.
She told audience members at the ceremony that she is ‘from the rich soil of Yemen, raised by the humble streets of Queens.’
It’s understood that the clip of Mohammed’s speech was removed from YouTube by the law school, but they then re-released it following a public outcry.