Monday, July 13, 2020

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The headline story, “US Govt. Takes New Stand Against Campus Anti-Semitism” (October 4, 2018) gives the impression that a great victory has been won in this war. However, I don’t think it’s time to raise the banner “Mission Accomplished” just yet. Anyone who has even a passing interest in campus activities knows that campus anti-Semitism and anti-Israel culture is deeply ingrained across America and beyond.

One can read almost daily about violence and intimidation against Jewish students. In our own backyard, Rutgers, our state university which ironically boasts of having the largest Jewish student population in the country, last year had swastikas painted on its buildings, a professor Chikindas calling Judaism the most racist religion in the world and a professor Puar saying Israeli soldiers deliberately wound Palestinians instead of killing them in order to control them. And astonishingly, President Barchi, defended all these acts as “freedom of expression” not expressions of hate. Now, one year later, Chikindas and Puar are still teaching at Rutgers, and Barchi is still president, and in addition, Targum, the student newspaper, printed a horrible article written by Students for Justice in Palestine, about the Israeli “colonization” of Palestinian territory. All these activities of course are paid for with your and my tax dollars.

Max Wisotsky
Highland Park