State Department Silent Over Federally Funded University’s Plan To Host A U.S. Designated Terrorist
Mum’s the word from the U.S. Department of State, which chose not to respond to the controversy surrounding a member of a U.S. designated terrorist organization speaking at San Francisco State University this Wednesday.
State Department confirmed that they had received this reporter’s request for comment on Thursday morning and promised to provide a response. However, after multiple attempts, they chose to not respond.
Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee Rep. Devin Nunes, R-CA, however, said in a statement to SaraACarter.com that it’s unconscionable that SFSU is planning to host Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorist Leila Khaled.
“This is just the latest of countless indications that higher education has become hopelessly politicized and is in dire need of a severe course correction,” said Nunes. “These schools should be educating our next generation of leaders, but instead they’re spreading a harmful, extremist ideology that champions terrorists and hijackers.”
Meanwhile, it looks like Khaled will speak via video teleconference without any repercussions from the U.S. government that funds the university.
PFLP is a State Department-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization, which raises questions as to why the State Department has refused to comment on the university’s decision.
Khaled was integral in two separate hijackings. In 1969, she was part of a team of terrorists that diverted TWA Flight 840 from Rome to Tel Aviv to Damascus, Syria. She also attempted in 1970 to hijack El Al flight 219 from Amsterdam to New York City on “Black September,” which refers to a series of simultaneous hijacking attacks that occurred in a single day.
A number of Khaled’s victims and student groups have condemned SFSU and called on the University to stop the event. However, SFSU President Lynn Mahoney defends her appearance, citing free speech.