Jewish groups call for IRS to probe CUNY Law’s tax-exempt status over crazed grad speech by student

Two Jewish advocacy groups have asked the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to probe whether a crazed speech by a City University of New York (CUNY) Law School student violated its non-profit status and to revoke the university’s tax-exempt status.

The speech was delivered by graduating student and likely future lawyer Fatima Mousa Mohammed at the school’s commencement ceremony on May 12 and drew national attention for her “anti-Semitic” rant in which she railed against Jews and Israel and described the law as a “ manifestation of white supremacy,” a vitriolic diatribe that exposed CUNY to harsh criticism.

In a June 2 letter to IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel from the National Jewish Advocacy Center and the International Legal Forum, the groups note that Mohammed’s speech has been denounced by numerous civic and elected leaders for its “extremist rhetoric, divisive nature and explicit display of anti-Semitism.”

“CUNY’s repeated engagement in activities that institutionally promote a specific political viewpoint against Israel, including hosting multiple speakers, attempting to remove Jewish educators from senior leadership, and unwavering support of the [Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions] movement, constitutes excessive lobbying and potentially jeopardizes its tax-exempt status,” the letter reads, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

“CUNY’s clearly identifiable pattern of hosting speakers who express anti-Israel sentiments or criticize Israeli policies reveals a systematic effort to influence public opinion and shape political discourse,” the groups wrote. “By repeatedly inviting and supporting such speakers, CUNY actively promotes a particular viewpoint that aligns with the BDS movement.”

In addition to her tirade where she also called the NYPD “fascists,” accused Israel of the indiscriminate murder of Palestinians, and called for a fight against  “Zionism around the world,” the radical student previously called for Jewish professors to be removed from campus, a chilling call to action with echoes of a certain European nation in the 1930s.

“Free speech is precious, but often messy, and is vital to the foundation of higher education,” said the CUNY chancellor and board of trustees in a statement condemning Mohammed’s rant. “Hate speech, however, should not be confused with free speech and has no place on our campuses or in our city, our state or our nation.”

“The remarks by a student-selected speaker at the CUNY Law School graduation, unfortunately, fall into the category of hate speech as they were a public expression of hate toward people and communities based on their religion, race or political affiliation,” the statement reads. “The Board of Trustees of the City University of New York condemns such hate speech.”

“The faculty are all lunatics, the unbelievable far left who are pushing for the end of America,” CUNY professor Jeffrey Lax said, telling the Daily Mail that the speech would have been reviewed by staff prior to it being approved.

“Of course you have to look at it, regardless of whether or not you believe the student may say something inflammatory, you have to look at it first,” he said.

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