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On the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, a student senator named Fadel Alkilani at Washington University is accused of picking up 2,977 American flags and dumping them in garbage bags.
Fadel Alkilani, the chairman of the student senate finance committee at the university in St Louis, Missouri, is accused of filling blue garbage bags with miniature flags for the 9/11: Never Forget Project memorial.
He is around 26-28 years old.
Removing 3k American Flags And Why?
The videographer approaches Alkilani, according to a video shared to Twitter by the Young Americans for Freedom.
The 2,977 flags were erected by the College Republicans on Friday night, each symbolizing a 9/11 fatality.
On Saturday morning, sophomore Nathaniel Hope noticed Alkilani remove the flags and began filming a video that shows Alkilani holding many plastic bags containing American flags and has gone viral.
In a statement released Saturday night, Alkilani justified his conduct, saying that his goal was to criticize Islamophobia and American military activities in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.
Alkilani wrote, “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,”
He added, “My planned protest was to place the bags of flags on Mudd Field, along with various statistics explaining the human cost of 9/11 in the past 20 years,”
He continued, “On the sides of the bags, some writing may be visible, but the full statement was not outlined at the time of the video. I did not deface, destroy, damage, nor steal any flags, nor did I interfere with any registered event time. I assert that I did not violate any University Code of Conduct policy, though the conduct process is undergoing.”
— MBali Woo💫 (@DaRealJessiewoo) September 12, 2021
What Is The Reaction Of His University?
The University did not clarify whether Alkilani will face sanctions in an email from Vice Chancellor for Marketing and Communications Julie Flory to Student Life on Saturday night.
According to the statement, “We were disappointed to learn about the disruption to the 9/11 display on Mudd Field,”
“We condemn the interference with the expression of support by the College Republicans for the victims of the national tragedy that took place 20 years ago today.”
I guess the college Republicans won’t be getting student funds to have me give a speech here.
Fadel Alkilani, CHAIRMAN OF THE STUDENT FINANCE COMMITTEE at Washington University, filling blue trash bags with the miniature flags used as part of the 9/11 memorial: pic.twitter.com/rP6sne0BBJ
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) September 12, 2021
Junior Nick Rodriguez, the president of the College Republicans, also decried Alkilani’s behavior, stating in a statement to Student Life that Alkilani had made a mockery of one of America’s most solemn days.
Rodriguez wrote, “At minimum, I believe he should be removed from both SU and his [resident advisor] position, as what does it say to be a top American institution, and have yourself represented by a student leader who has no respect for property, campus traditions or the remembrance of thousands of lost lives,”
“Today is about remembering the tragedy, 20 years ago to the day, not to make a political statement. Any reason he can conjure to remove the flags I find ludicrous.”
Alkilani described verbal and physical abuse by students and WUPD officers in his statement, which he claimed he will denounce through formal means. He also stated that his situation is not unusual.
Alkilani wrote, “Muslims such as I have faced fear, harassment and Islamophobia from those who unjustly use the victims of 9/11 as a political cudgel,”
“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.”
According to Fox News, he attempted to desecrate the memorial the night before on Friday but was stopped by campus police, according to students.
As of early Sunday morning, the news organization had not received a comment from Alkilani, Washington University, or campus police.
Thousands of people gathered in Lower Manhattan on Saturday to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.