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!
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.