As an alumnus of Rutgers University, I am shocked and appalled at the latest degree of indifference exhibited by the chancellor of Rutgers, Christopher Molloy, who at first decried the antisemitism on Rutgers campuses in a statement, and just days later, under pressure from Students for Justice in Palestine, reversed his stance.
Initially, the chancellor issued a statement, affirming that Rutgers “deplores hatred and bigotry in all forms, and Rutgers will never apologize for standing against antisemitism.” The chancellor then walked back his statement and issued a new one in which he apologized to the Students for Justice in Palestine, saying that he erred in not including in his original statement a condemnation of Israeli policy regarding Palestinians. This, while identifiably Jewish students were being verbally abused and harassed, some having had their tires slashed, and AEPi, the Jewish fraternity at Rutgers, being vandalized on Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Memorial Day. There was nary a word of condemnation about this from Rutgers.
The unthinkable has become acceptable at Rutgers University. The pain of antisemitism is minimized, and Students for Justice in Palestine are glorified, all the while they are the perpetrators of hate. Now, these egregious acts have become the norm, and Jewish students have become sacrificial lambs. This is unacceptable and outrageous.
What can be done to support the Jewish students attending Rutgers, as well as attempting to rid its campuses of this scourge? The chancellor’s office should be bombarded with calls and letters demanding that he reinstate his original position against antisemitism. He should further apologize to the Jewish students of Rutgers for all the pain they have been caused due to nothing less than turning his back on them. Finally, financial support to Rutgers should be withheld unless and until it reverses its policy towards antisemitism, and recognizes it as a major problem on its campuses.Hindy Kierman