A member of the Georgia State University Muslim Student Association executive board is being pressured to resign after students discovered that he would be attending a trip to Israel with Hillel, a national student organization for Jewish students.
The Muslim Student Association at GSU took to Facebook to clarify that they do not support the student and that his “current position is being questioned,” which could result in possible removal.
The student, biology major Hamza Rahman, currently serves as Head Religious Coordinator for the MSA, an undergraduate Senator for the College of Arts and Sciences at GSU, and plans to attend Israel in his capacity as a student senator with SGA.
On Thursday, GSU student Zainab Khan heard about the trip to Israel, and posted the contact information of each MSA board member on Facebook, misleading the public into believing that every member of the organization’s leadership was taking the trip.
Khan quickly retracted these posts. Although she apologized for including the executive board’s contact information, her stance on the resignation of Rahman remains strong.
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“As democratically-elected representatives, these board members represent the GSU Muslim student body, regardless of what their personal choices or other affiliations may be,” Khan asserted. "As such, the board member who is still considering this trip either needs to clearly decline or resign. There can’t be any in-between. His reasons are irrelevant - there’s a conflict of interest between his priorities with SGA and MSA."
“We ask that the board member who is affiliated with both SGA & MSA resign; that there be a stronger public statement condemning any support that was expressed by board members toward Zionism, the trip offered by Hillel, or Israel; that there be some sort of educational plan for not just the board members, but MSA members as well.”