Institutes of Higher Indoctrination

Ah, college life! Swallowing goldfish, attending Homecoming, reading Great Books—publishing a pro-Hitler article falsely under the name of someone whose family survived the Holocaust.

Good times, eh?

Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., is investigating an incident in which a student-run satirical newspaper published an article called “What About the Good Things Hitler Did?” while using a real student’s name and photograph, MyFoxNY reports.

That student, Aaron Marcus, is Jewish and said he can’t believe the paper would do something like that.

“To say anything praiseworthy of someone like Hitler, and to have people actually believe it was coming from me even in a satirical manner is just really painful for me and my family,” Marcus told MyFoxNY.

The article was in the student-funded Daily Medium newspaper. The article included lines like “give Hitler a little thanks.”

“I’m a firm believer in freedom of speech, but I’m not a firm believer in impersonation and liable,” Marcus told MyFoxNY.

Marcus says his relatives were survivors of the Holocaust and has previously spoken out about what he has called an anti-Semitic environment on campus.

Rutgers’ President, Richard McCormick issued a statement saying, “No individual student should be subject to such a vicious, provocative and hurtful piece, regardless of whether First Amendment protections apple [sic... apply?] to such expression.”

I knew I had hear his name before!

We covered him last summer:

The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has demanded that Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, rectify the hostile anti-Semitic environment on campus, which has had a detrimental effect on Jewish students who have been physically threatened – even with death threats – and made to feel intimidated and unsafe. Middle East studies courses are so biased against Israel that Jewish students avoid them or are afraid to speak up in class and express their support for Israel. On a regular basis, an extremist anti-Israel student group called BAKA has been sponsoring and promoting events on campus that demonize Jews and Israel, thereby inciting hatred of them.

Aaron Marcus, a Jewish student who is a columnist for the student paper, the Targum, wrote an opinion piece calling on the anti-Israel student group called BAKA to end its hateful tactics. Another student responded by posting a Facebook message physically threatening Mr. Marcus: “As I was reading the Aaron Marcus column this morning, I realized how Im [sic] a pretty angry person. Id [sic] be happy to see him beat with a crowbar. Violence doesnt [sic] solve problems but it shuts up people who shouldnt [sic] speak.”

One responded with a murderous message of his own: “Or makes them martyrs, furthering the strength behind their beliefs. And skinning them alive so they see the afterlife.”

Rutgers did nothing against the threatening student. But they didn’t do nothing at all:

Aaron Marcus has also been threatened and intimidated by a university official who engaged in anti-Semitic name-calling against Mr. Marcus on Facebook. After Mr. Marcus wrote an opinion piece in the Targum criticizing the student government’s decision to financially support the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund, Shehnaz Sheik Abdeljaber, the Outreach Coordinator for Rutgers’ Center for Middle East Studies, posted a message on Facebook referring to Mr. Marcus as “that racist Zionist pig!!!!!!!!”

We got a couple of comments (still online at the original post) denouncing Marcus as a right-wing Zionist rabble-rouser—sounding as if they had come from the Mahmoud Ahmadinejad school of diplomatic insults. But we also got a comment from someone named Ben, a recent Jewish graduate of Rutgers, who reported having had pennies thrown at him for wearing a kippah.

Rutgers has a problem. But it’s not a problem that Columbia doesn’t have, that Berkeley doesn’t have, that many other schools don’t have. And the problem isn’t just antisemitism. It’s anti-intellectualism.

Where is the intellectual honesty in teaching only the Left’s view of culture and history? Why isn’t Zionism taught along with abolitionism and suffragism as a human liberation movement? Where do the pogroms against Jews in the Middle East alone figure in the syllabi of courses on genocide in the 20th century? How about a course—just one, anywhere in the nation—on the tenets of Judaism as expressed through policies of a Jewish state?

Of course there are incidents of Jew-hatred on college campuses. The only miracle, given the toxic brew in academia today, is that there are not more.

Sorry to harsh your Passover or Easter mellow.

5 Comments »

  1. Bloodthirsty Liberal said,

    April 8, 2012 @ 9:16 am

    It is so disturbing, BTL. I wonder if the student should consider a lawsuit? He is probably a nice guy and doesn’t want to cause problems, but this is ridiculous.

    - Aggie

  2. Jeanette said,

    April 8, 2012 @ 9:44 am

    “How California’s Colleges Indoctrinate Students
    A new report on the UC system documents the plague of politicized classrooms. The problem is national in scope.” By Peter Berkowitz, senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and a member of the National Association of Scholars board of directors.
    ——
    “National studies by Stanley Rothman in 1999, and by Neil Gross and Solon Simmons in 2007, have shown that universities’ leftward tilt has become severe.”
    ——
    “The same 2005 study revealed that the Berkeley sociology department faculty was home to 17 Democrats and no Republicans. The political science department included 28 Democrats and two Republicans. The English department had 29 Democrats and one Republican; and the history department had 31 Democrats and one Republican.”

    Do read the whole article! It is quite an eye-opener!
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303816504577312361540817878.html

  3. DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG said,

    April 21, 2012 @ 7:53 pm

    to the editor

    After countless, phone calls, messages, emails, and letters, to deans, heads of departments, and the president of Rutgers himself, many concerned students and myself remain left in the dark and our questions unanswered. Our beloved Professor Dr. Rosenberg, has been a victim of the anti-semetic environment that has been created and allowed to grow at Rutgers University. Dr. Rosenberg has been facing many instances of harassment by department heads, deans, and leaders for no reason. He has made many formal complaints and reports to numerous departments over a span of many weeks, and the only response he and us students receive are very rude responses that simply say “thanks” and that this is a personnel matter. This is not the way that a prestigious university, the state university of New Jersey should be handling the serious concerns that its staff and students have regarding harassment, more specifically, anti-semitism. It was not until one of the Rutgers university daily newspapers, The Medium, published an article entitled “What About the Good Things Hitler Did?” In this article, the Medium praised Hitler and said he wasn’t such a bad guy, The medium used an active Jewish students name, and picture as the author of the article, when he in fact had no relation to the article. This is one instance that was made known due to the severity and availability of the evidence since it was published in a newspaper allowed by Rutgers to be circulated throughout campus. Unfortunately for Dr. Rosenberg, the anti-semtism he faces from the department is not published in newspapers, and therefore is not as easily seen by others. however this does not mean that this serious issue can be ignored. Dr. Rosenberg is one of the only professor here at Rutgers that willingly and proudly wears a “skullcap” every day, clearly revealing his Jewish religion. Also a clergyman, he often speaks publicly about his religious views as well as others. He respects all religions and simply wished that people would do the same for his. Now Dr. Rosenberg has lost his opportunity to teach his public speaking course which he does every summer for over 10 years. He is not getting a response as to whether or not he will be teaching in the fall, and the harassment continues. The fact of the matter is that Rutgers University has created an anti-semitic atmosphere and has let it thrive to the point where students feel comfortable publishing anti-semetic articles in a well known school newspaper. Rutgers University allows this paper to circulate throughout campus just like they allow their main newspaper “The Daily Targum” which refuses to address this issue after numerous requests. Overall, something must be done about the anti-semitic injustices Dr. Rosenberg has and still is facing here at Rutgers University.
    As we are in the midst of concluding the Spring Semester, we the students of Doctor Rosenberg want you to know that this has been on of the most enjoyable non pressure, insightful, and exciting courses we have ever taken at Rutgers. Unlike other teachers, through his dynamic teaching abilities and intuitive nature, he instills within his students the desire to constantly improve. He does this not through pressure, numerous papers, constant criticism, but through a magic that he possesses to convey his belief in his students abilities to perform. In short he makes public speaking fun. While we have followed the syllabus he has done so with great humor, intelligence, creativity, and sensitivity. We have heard from other students how unhappy they are in other public speaking classes. How even though they deserve an A, the grades have been severely lessened because of their written work on first drafts. Dr. Rosenberg has made this a true public speaking class. He has corrected out outlines and given us tests but from both we have learned much without stress and pressure. It is beyond our understanding why our teacher should be harassed when he in fact deserves the teacher of the year award at Rutgers.
    Sincerely the Concerned Students of Dr. Rosenberg’s class,
    Nicole Honey
    Jackson Udelsman
    Leonora Slatnick
    Lucas Blebelberg
    Rob Beringer
    Ruslana Trytas
    Megan Caylor
    Justic Brown
    Rebecca Sampayo
    Prahlad Annamraju
    Karina Veliz
    Loren Williams
    Meagan Robinson
    Felicia O’Donnell
    Allison Payenski
    Camille Handy
    Shama Jhaveri
    Hyeri Ahn

  4. DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG said,

    April 25, 2012 @ 12:21 pm

    why was their no investigation? if there are not muslims who put a target on me, prove it, as a faculty member why are these charge ignored. THIS IS A STATE UNIVERSITY NOT A PRIVATE ONE. RABBI ROSENBERG

    Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg, who has been teaching at speech/public speaking at Rutgers without incident for more than two decades, is, according to all reports, the only teacher in his department who wears a kippah.

    This year, after the first day of class, he was summoned to the head of the department and berated for using You Tube and Twitter as part of his course and for using his own textbook. He explained these issues (and the fact that he has been teaching like this for years without problems). He is convinced he was denounced by an antisemitic student who was in his class for only one day. Many of his students have written letters to the Rutgers administration and to the press praising him.

    One of his students, a practicing Coptic Christian, wrote that he “personally heard it that Rabbi Dr. Rosenberg, who wears a skullcap and is outspoken on behalf of the Jewish community, is a target from many of the Muslim students on campus. I know this because being a student in his class, I have heard this from students in a variety of ways.”

    It was the letter I received from this student (which I included below) which prompted me to write to you.

    About a month ago, Rabbi Rosenberg, who has served as the spiritual leader of Cong Beth El in Edison for the past 23 years, discovered from a student that Rutgers was not asking him back to teach this summer—the first time in ten years. The administration did not even give Rabbi Rosenberg the courtesy of a notification, although they did confirm it when he asked them directly. He does not know if he will be given his classes this fall.

    The administration, of course, denies that any of this is based on antisemitism. They say it is based on economics. They say they had to let him go. He is convinced he is being squeezed out due to antisemitism.

    I thought I would pass this on to you to see if you think there is anything here, or if it is just too nebulous an antisemitic hook on which to hang our hats.

    Read the student’s letter below. It’s quite moving.

    To whom it may concern,

    My name is Mena Beshay, a junior at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. The
    purpose of this email is to inform and raise awareness of one of the most
    significant issues that threaten this university. It is very unfortunate that a
    university as diverse as Rutgers, does not do enough to protect its faculty,
    staff, and students from harassment and persecution based on religion. This is a
    very serious issue that I unfortunately witness too often. As part of the Coptic
    Orthodox Fellowship (COF) here at Rutgers I have personally been harassed in
    many instances by Muslim students. On my way out of COF meetings or events when
    walking out with my Priest we will be looked at, pointed at, laughed at, cursed
    at, and hear phrased like “Allah we Agbar” or “Salam Aleekom” which are two very
    common Islamic phrases. Instances like these unfortunately occur too often on
    Rutgers Campuses. I know for a fact, because i personally heard it that Rabbi
    Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg who wears a skullcap and is outspoken on behalf of the
    Jewish community is a target from many of the Muslim students on campus. I know
    this because being a student in his class i have heard this from students in a
    variety of ways. In fact, Dr. Rosenberg’s letter to Rutgers which he shared in
    class is very plausible. I have never heard of a student that would
    intentionally bring a teacher up for charges after one day of class for such a
    ridiculous accusation such as using his Twitter page and YouTube, which i see in
    almost every class here at Rutgers. The fact that the professor uses his book in
    addition to the required one should not be a reason to take him to task as at
    least half of the professors at Rutgers do the same. It undoubtedly raises the
    question of why Dr. Rosenberg is the one being singled out. Living and growing
    up in Egypt, instances like this are all too common for me, it is clear that
    someone intended on destroying him based on his religion and beliefs. he is one
    of the most popular teachers on campus and it is impossible to get into any of
    his classes from how much students respect and admire him. His public speaking
    class is one that i am eagrly waiting to attend because it is one of the few
    classes I actually enjoy and learn from. i am not Jewish , I am a Coptic
    Orthodox Christian and I can verify there is anti-semitism on campus, and that
    Rabbi Dr. Rosenberg.

    Concerned Student,
    Mena Beshay

  5. DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG said,

    August 19, 2012 @ 7:48 am

    Dr Bernard Rosenberg is one of the best teachers at Rutgers. He is getting the RU Screw. After 24 years as a part time lecturer in Rutgers University he might not teach again next semester. He refuses to suck up to the administration and treats his students with love and care. If he is not listed as a professor next semester, don’t sign up for a public speaking class- OR YOU WILL GET THE RU SCREWED!!!

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