I just wandered by this thread and my phone is sometimes stubborn.
As a participating member, and this year, President of my university's MSA, I can anecdotally say that support for organizations like Hamas is definitely an identity struggle point. We have members who support organizations like those that have been mentioned and we have those who do not - and the support is not something that is necessarily geograpically tied.
My particular MSA chapter also struggles with an acceptance of our Shi'a community on campus. Something that makes me very sad, but we've made headway on that topic, so yay us.
One thing that deeply bothers me, however, is that regardless of whatever terrible thing is going on we're the only religious club on campus that has to react to things. For example, this past semester IS was the huge buzzword for people and so to combat any atom of a thought that our MSA may have anything remotely to do with that we hosted a panel on messages of peace and how faith handles war as our Three Faiths Panel topic. No other religious club has to react like this.
In fact, our Protestant club on campus actively advertises Muslim converts whow will reveal the horrors of Islam as part of their semesterly events. Why is this allowed to happen without anyone blinking an eye? Because so many really do believe that all Muslims are terrorists engaged in the hijacked ideal of jihad, a word that means simply to struggle.
That, at one point, was commonly associated with the struggle do right and goodness, not this gross idea of war. Which Louise pointed out.
Distancing from the religion, terrorists are non-state actors - there are no conduct rules that guide their behavior. Whether they're Muslim or Protestant or Catholic, French or American or Australian. So, we cannot expect them to adhere to any kind of rule - even if it is the rules of the religion they're rallying behind.
By embracing the idea that all Muslims are terrorists, we are doing exactly what they want us to do - breed fear and distrust and violence.
End unrelated points, haha.