Khalil did not respond to repeated telephone calls, voicemail messages, and emails seeking comment on their actions. Reason obtained messages between a UM employee with knowledge of the incident and the people involved; these documents support Mahmood’s assertions. An individual who spoke to Reason on condition of anonymity recognized the women from the surveillance footage and said there was no doubt of their identities.

The Michigan Review has also reported that Kahlil took part in the vandalism and was investigated by the UM Dean of Students over the matter last year.

University administrators are committed to a “diverse, open, and friendly campus,” according to The Michigan Journal, which reported that President Mark Schlissel believes all students should be able “to express their opinions openly.” Much lip service is paid to the idea that college is a place for tolerance of diverse viewpoints.

Why then did the attempted intimidation of a student—particularly one belonging to an ethnic, political, and religious minority—go unanswered by officials? Rick Fitzgerald, director of the Office of Public Affairs at UM, told Reason that the administration’s hands were tied. Mahmood never filed a bias complaint, so the university had no grounds to take action, he said.

“Violations of the Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities are initiated by complainants who bring forward certain facts in the form of a complaint,” said Fitzgerald.

Mahmood told Reason that he called the university hotline to report a bias incident, but was informed that because it had occurred off campus, nothing could be done.

Mahmood’s situation is interesting because muted responses to bias incidents—even unofficial ones—are atypical, at UM and other colleges. Indeed, at UM the administration acted swiftly when the feelings of certain Muslims were at issue. After hundreds of students sign a petition demanding that UM cancel a planned screening of American Sniper, organizers substituted Paddington—a film starring an anthropomorphic bear, based on a children’s book—in its stead. Criticized for caving to some students’ hurt feelings, officials changed their minds and decided to show both films.

Where was the outcry over Mahmood’s door?

Derek Draplin, a UM student, editor of The Michigan Review, and friend of Mahmood’s called his treatment “completely hypocritical.”

“The Muslim community on campus has basically excommunicated him for not adhering to their dogmas,” he told Reason. “They preach tolerance, then try to shut any dissenters up.”


It should be no shock then that Zeinab Khalil was president of UM’s Muslim Brotherhood-founded and terrorist incubator the Muslim Students Association (MSA).

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Her Islamo-thugging appears to have backfired in numerous ways including possible prosecution but also for one of the most popular Twitter backlashes ever:

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