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What You Don’t Know About St. Louis US Flags Remover: Fadel Alkilani

Fadel Alkilani
Fadel Alkilani

Washington University student Fadel Alkilani was caught removing up 2,977 US flags that were meant to commemorate those who died in the 9/11 terror attacks on its 20th anniversary and discarded them in trash bags.

The student senator made headlines on September 12 for a shocking gesture of snatching almost 3000 US flags commemorating the 9/11 attack victims on the tragedy’s 20th anniversary. He was also seen discarding the flags in trash bags and has since even issued a statement defending his activities, according to reports.

People online are calling for the expulsion of Fadel.

Who is Fadel Alkilani?

Fadel Alkilani has been named as the student who currently serves as the chairman of the student senate finance committee at St Louis, Missouri university. A video has gone viral in which Alkilani was seen filling blue trash bags with the miniature flags used as part of the 9/11: Never Forget Project memorial.

However, University officials condemned the act late Saturday, September 11, but refused to comment on whether the student would face disciplinary action, per student newspaper Student Life.

Alkilani, meanwhile, has defended his actions.

How old is Fadel Alkilani?

Fadel Alkilani’s age has not been revealed to the public yet.

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Alkilani was confronted by a cameraman in a video posted to Twitter by Young America’s Foundation.

“Who are you?” Alkilani is heard asking Nathaniel Hope, a member of the university’s College Republicans, who was filming the vile act. Hope said Alkilani showed “no remorse” and claimed the flags were in “violation of school rules”.

He told YAF, “I did not violate any university or legal policy. Now go away.”

At first, Alkilani says, “I did not violate any university or legal policy. Now go.”

However, he has reportedly since bragged on now-private Twitter about his act, which he claimed was made in “protest against US imperialism and the 900,000 lives lost as a result of the post-9/11 war.”

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Alkilani is said to have boasted about his actions on Twitter, where his account has since been set to private. The student leader reportedly claimed the move was in “protest against American imperialism”.

Meanwhile, on Instagram, he complained about the condemnation he received as the story made the rounds on social media. “Republicans (are) attacking me in the replies,” Alkilani wrote as he shared a post from Washington University’s Instagram account.  e subsequently posted a statement on social media, saying:

“There is currently a massive harassment campaign propagated primarily by Washington University College Republicans, as well as the national Young American’s Foundation (YAF) regarding an incident…”

He denied he was stealing flags from the campus.

Fadel Alkilani Instagram

In a statement to Student Life, WU College Republicans president Nick Rodriguez called for Alkilani’s immediate expulsion. “At a minimum, I believe he should be removed from both SU [student union] and his [resident adviser] 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,” Rodriguez wrote.

“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.”

What We Know So Far

“At the very least, I think you should be removed from both the SU [student union] and your [resident advisor] position, because what does it mean to be a top-notch American institution, and be represented by a student leader who doesn’t? Does he have respect? For property, campus traditions, or the memory of thousands of lives lost,” the president wrote. “Today is about remembering the tragedy, 20 years ago, not making a political statement.”

“Any motive that I can conjure up to remove the flags seems ridiculous to me.”

Criticizing his acts, Julie Flory, vice chancellor for marketing and communications at the university, said in a statement: “We were disappointed to hear about the interruption of the 9/11 exhibit at Mudd Field.”

“We condemn the interference”.

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