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Mayor Adams condemns CUNY grad’s ‘hate speech’: ‘We cannot allow it to happen’

Adams delivered the criticism of newly minted law grad Fatima Mousa Mohammed while hosting a Jewish Heritage Month reception at Gracie Mansion.

The mayor was at the public college’s commencement ceremony on May 12, but told the crowd Wednesday night that he left before Mohammed took the stage and called for a “revolution” to rid the legal system of “white supremacy” while ripping the NYPD and claiming Israel carries out “indiscriminate” murder.

“I will tell you, if I was on that stage, when those comments were made, I would have stood up and denounced them immediately!” Adams said in his Wednesday night remarks. “Because we cannot allow it to happen.”

The mayor said some of the graduates at the graduation ceremony had turned their backs to him because he is a former cop.

“Now I know why they turned their backs on me, because I will never turn my back on you,” Adams said. “I will never turn my back on the men and women of our military service. I will never turn my back on the men and women who are part of the New York City Police Department. I will never turn my back on people who are in this city and make the city what it is.”

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He condemned those who remained silent in the face of the grad’s remarks.

CUNY Board of Trustees chairman Bill Thompson and vice chair Sandra Wilkin issued a joint statement Tuesday describing Mohammed’s remarks as “hate speech.”

Thompson insisted on Wednesday that the statement was written on behalf of the entire Board of Trustees — even though their signatures weren’t inked on it a day earlier.

Reached by The Post on Wednesday, seven of the trustees either refused to comment or hid behind that statement. The five remaining trustees didn’t respond at all.

“The silence that we are seeing in the midst of the hate we are experiencing, will never be the silence that will be in City Hall as long as I’m the mayor of New York City,” Adams said. “That is not acceptable.”

Fatima Mousa Mohammed in a cap and gown speaks at a podium during the May 12 commencement ceremony.
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Hizzoner then spoke about the need to stand together in unison at the reception held in a tent outside Gracie Mansion.

“We must raise our voices. We must send a loud message that our secret weapon is our ability to live among each other,” Adams said to Jewish attendees and honorees. “And hidden in the crevices of this community is a powerful term, called ‘mitzvah’ — built into your culture is giving back.”

He spoke about the “rich relationship” between the Jewish and African American communities.

“We are connected in our struggles to build a better environment and a better city and a better country,” he said.

Adams said he was proud to call himself the mayor of “the Tel Aviv of American that we call New York City” and thanked the Jewish community for supporting his mayoral run.

“I’m so excited about where we are because I believe for the first time in history, there’s an army of people that says we’re not going to surrender to hate,” Adams said. “We’re not going to allow hate to define us.”