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(Jewish Group) Amid rising concerns over free speech, Rutgers president addresses student body


On Thursday evening the Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) invited University President Robert L. Barchi to speak with students, addressing a wide array of issues regarding academic freedom rights of faculty and the reported offshore investments by the University.

Following his discussion of the University disruption policy and his confirmation that the swastika spray-painted on the wall of Stonier Hall in late October was a protected action under the First Amendment, Barchi spoke about the process the University takes when an incident regarding free speech arises.

The Daily Targum reported on the incident earlier this semester.

The determination of whether an action or statement is considered free speech is not made by the University, Barchi said.

Regarding instances that concern the limitations of free speech on campus the University seeks an outside constitutional opinion before taking action.

Barchi said that when responding to a questionable drawing or flyer on campus, “The very first thing that we do is we take a picture of that and in 15 minutes send it to the state attorney for a decision about whether it's hate speech or not."



Rutgers president addresses controversial bias incidents, says they're protected by ​First ​Amendment

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers President Robert Barchi stood by his affirmation ​of​ the First Amendment, saying those ​protections ​extend to ​the recent rash of ​anti-Semitism on campus.

At the November 16 student government town hall, Barchi​ noted the protections to incidents such as the anti-Semitic posts allegedly shared on the Facebook of a food science professor, the swastika graffiti on a Rutgers dorm, and an international law professor who accused Israel of trafficking human organs.

“If I’m a Ku Klux Klan member, and I’m going to burn a cross on a vacant lot, that’s a constitutionally protected right,” Barchi said, ​al​though the act of burning something would likely be prohibited by local ordinances.

“You put that cross on my front yard, and you light it, that is not constitutionally protected, that’s harassment,” Barchi added. “It’s an exception to the First Amendment.​"​

The same goes for swastikas on campus, Barchi said.

“It is free speech, it’s not hate speech,” Barchi said, prompting a loud and ​visceral response from student activists who attended the meeting and insisted that it was in fact hate speech.



Students calling for removal of food science professor behind anti-Semitic Facebook posts

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Student activists are pushing for the suspension of a professor ​who has allegedly posted dozens of ​anti-Semitic posts on his Facebook profile.

The petition, started by Rutgers first-year-student Miriam Waghalter, asks that the university take “swift action” against Michael Chikindas, a microbiology professor at the food science department, for a myriad of racist and anti-Semitic posts.

Chikindas’ Facebook contained anti-Semitic characters, posts where he called “motherf***ing Jews,” the “most racist religion in the world,” and referring to Israel as a “terrorist country.” His Facebook has reportedly been deleted.

The ​revelation comes days after recruitment flyers for the white supremacist group Identity Evropa, were posted across campus, along with a flyer on one of the Rutgers buses which read “Black lives don’t matter.”

“It’s disturbing,” Waghalter said. “Even though we’re young adults, we still look up to faculty in order to help continue to shape our opinions of the world, and for someone of that stature, to be preaching these views, is problematic in that sense.”



Amazing at what is "excused" when it comes to hatred against Jews!!
Posted by Behind the Aegis | Mon Nov 20, 2017, 08:45 PM (2 replies)

(Jewish Group) Sarah Silverman on Hollywood Harassment, Jewish Representation On Screen


Vulture Fest attendees expecting the signature quirky punchlines and cleverly deployed profanity that Sarah Silverman is known for witnessed the actress and comic’s more serious side as she offered her considered takes on topics ranging from Middle American voters to sexual harassment to Jewish representation in Hollywood to the tactics of President Donald Trump.

Silverman – who currently headlines Hulu’s satirical series I Love You, America, in which the progressively political host often travels across the country seeking common ground with people of wildly diverging political and cultural views — joined New York Magazine’s left-leaning op-ed writer and consulting producer on Veep, Frank Rich, for a wide-ranging conversation on many of the subjects her show explores.

While she didn’t speak directly about the sexual misconduct charges admitted to by her longtime friend and fellow comic Louis C.K. — something she specifically addressed in the monologue of the most recent episode of her show — Silverman said she saw the current attention on sexual harassment currently rocking Hollywood and other major corners of the culture as positive and necessary, but also considerably complicated.

“It seems to me that we’re going through a moment in time that’s vital, and there will be detritus,” said Silverman during the pop cultural festival held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on Sunday. “I think it’s a kind of putting a healthy fear in men… It has to change, so that’s why things have to be hard right now, and people should be afraid and think before they act. That’s a good thing.”

Posted by Behind the Aegis | Mon Nov 20, 2017, 08:36 PM (0 replies)

An Alabama Robocall Invokes Ugly Tropes

Alabama’s Senate race received an ugly new wrinkle on Tuesday night, thanks to an apparent series of robocalls seem to be designed to fan resentments—of the press, of Northerners, and perhaps of Jewish reporters.

Local news station WKRG reported that one of its viewers received a robocall from a man impersonating a Washington Post reporter. In it, the man offers to pay women thousands of dollars if they’ll make false accusations against Roy Moore, the state’s former chief justice and the Republican candidate to replace Jeff Sessions in the Senate.


Impersonating a journalist to smear the entire profession is a nasty enough maneuver on its own. But the Alabama robocall also seems to draw upon the dark motifs of antisemitism to accomplish its goal. The fake Bernstein’s nasally, high-pitched voice and forced New York accent evoke antisemitic caricatures and stereotypes. (The real Bernstein, for the record, sounds nothing like this.)

There’s a long, ugly history of intertwining anti-Semitism and attacks on media outlets. Historian Victoria Saker Woeste, writing in The Washington Post, described the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a virulent anti-Jewish tract first published in tsarist Russia, as the first modern instance of “fake news.” The pamphlet claimed a cabal of Jewish leaders had taken control of the media as part of a plot for world dominion.



Yet more possible anti-Semitism rearing its ugly head, met with silence.
Posted by Behind the Aegis | Wed Nov 15, 2017, 05:55 AM (3 replies)

(Jewish Group) Jews out shouted by far-right Poles at independence day parade


'Jews Out’ was among the chants of choice for 60,000 far-right Poles marching through the streets of Warsaw on Saturday, marking the country’s independence.

While some Polish ministers condemned the scenes, others spoke about the “beautiful” march, as masked men made ‘Sieg Heil’ salutes, called for a “white Europe” and urged authorities to “remove Jewry from power”.

Among those travelling to Warsaw for the march were former English Defence League (EDL) head Tommy Robinson, who denied that it was a “Nazi march,” which he called “slander,” before adding: “Poland is fortress Europe. I’ve never seen pride and patriotism like it.”

Jonny Daniels, a British Jew who founded a Poland-based Holocaust commemoration group, said a small minority had “hijacked” the event, adding: “Poland cannot allow this to happen.”

He wrote: “Sadly, a group of reportedly uninvited participants took this as an opportunity to intimidate and show intolerance, in turn breaking Polish law.”

Posted by Behind the Aegis | Tue Nov 14, 2017, 03:48 PM (0 replies)

Across Wisconsin, recent rises in hate, bias incidents spark concern

Source: Minnesota Public Radio

The reports came in at an alarming pace. A student at a middle school near Milwaukee drew a stick figure with a swastika on its face. The image held a gun pointed at another stick figure, which had the name of the student's Jewish teacher on it.

A voicemail left on the phone of a leader of a local Jewish organization said, "Pack up your bags with all of your other kikes and get the f--- out of our country."

These are just two of dozens of similar incidents compiled since the beginning of 2017 by Elana Kahn, director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. She has been collecting information about anti-Semitic incidents in Wisconsin for the past seven years.

The barrage of anti-Semitism in Wisconsin has stunned Kahn.

"I have never had so many reports (about anti-Semitism) as I have had in the last couple months," she said. "There's more fear in our community now than there was even a year ago."

Read more: https://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/12/documenting-hate-across-wisconsin-recent-rises-in-hate-bias-incidents-spark-concern
Posted by Behind the Aegis | Sun Nov 12, 2017, 05:43 AM (6 replies)

'Proud Anti-Semite' bumper sticker a sign of the times, ADL says

FARMINGDALE, Long Island (WABC) --
A shocking display of hate on Long Island is just another example of the rise in anti-Semitic incidents nationwide, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

For most people, a bumper sticker reading "Proud Anti-Semite" would be disturbing. But one driver in Farmingdale had no problem proclaiming his stance, after a woman snapped a photo while driving her children home from a Girls Scout event on Route 110.

Police say are aware of who the driver is, but that there is often a fine line between hate speech and free speech.

The ADL reports a dramatic rise in anti-Semitic incidents this year, and New York state now leads the nation with 267 "events" in 2017. That is a whopping 96 percent increase over the 199 incidents reported all last year across the state.

Most of these "events" involve vandalism and harassment, and on Long Island, District Attorney Madeline Singas has launched an innovative new program in which suspects are counseled by Holocaust survivors.

Posted by Behind the Aegis | Sat Nov 11, 2017, 05:36 AM (12 replies)

Selfies wax museum Hitler exhibit sparks outrage

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- A leading Jewish organization has called for an Indonesian waxworks museum to remove a Nazi exhibit at which visitors take selfies with a Hitler figure standing before an image of the Auschwitz concentration camp.


The waxworks and visual effects museum in the city of Yogyakarta has defended the Hitler waxwork as "fun" for teenagers.


Posted by Behind the Aegis | Fri Nov 10, 2017, 05:19 AM (10 replies)

(JEWISH GROUP) Anti-Semitism talk reveals the nasty side of politics


Exactly one year ago last night, on November 8, Erin Schrode, the youngest woman to run for Congress, lost the election to incumbent Jared Huffman. Earlier in the year, four days before the primary election, she became the victim of a storm of online anti-Semitic hate perpetrated by Andrew Anglin, creator of the alt-right newspaper The Daily Stormer, and his followers.

Schrode woke up that day to explicit, sexist and anti-Semitic comments that promoted violence and sexual assault against her.

Last night in the Commonwealth Honors College Events Hall, Erin Schrode gave a lecture titled “Antisemitism in the New Political Climate” sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Hillel House. In the lecture, she talked about her background as an activist, a social entrepreneur and an environmentalist and her experience running for Congress.

At the age of 13, Schrode co-founded the nonprofit organization called Turning Green, which is a campaign dedicated to the opposition of hazardous chemicals in beauty and personal care products. At the age of 18, Schrode attended a conference and became inspired to do more and to be more active in grassroots movements.

At the age of 24, after graduating from New York University, she decided to run for a Congressional spot in her district, the second district of California. Her goals were to redefine civic engagement, reinvigorate a culture of public service and expand the definition of who can be a politician.

Posted by Behind the Aegis | Fri Nov 10, 2017, 05:06 AM (0 replies)

The 9th Of November: From Kristallnacht To Trump

When Hitler moved to Munich from his home country of Austria, he was a loner — a failing artist who had spent his recent years selling painted postcards on the streets of Vienna. It was a perfect storm of events that led him to power in 1933.

World War I had left Germany weak, broke and with a bruised ego. In 1919, Hitler found the German Workers’ Party, a small group of men who spent most of their time talking about how much better life was before the war. He stepped in as leader. In 1923, he was jailed and it was there that he met Rudolf Hess who ghostwrote Hitler’s "Mein Kampf," the infamous Nazi handbook.

When we speak of World War II, we often focus on a story that begins in 1939 and ends in 1945. Looking at history in such a limited scope is counterproductive to learning from the past.

Hitler did not introduce anti-Semitism into Europe. As early as the year 306, there were anti-Jewish decrees. World War I had actually helped Jews assimilate into Germany, similar to the way the world wars helped immigrants and African-Americans in the United States. What Hitler did was change anti-Semitism from religious and cultural prejudice to racism.

November 9, 1938 became known in Germany as Kristallnacht, or "The Night of Broken Glass." This was the first major action of the Holocaust and it was five years after Hitler gained power. By this time, Hitler had spent so many years spewing anti-Semitic rhetoric to the German people that it was easy to encourage the masses to act violently.


The Eisenach synagogue in Germany, destroyed by the Nazis during Kristallnacht on Nov. 9, 1938. (Wikimedia Commons)
Posted by Behind the Aegis | Fri Nov 10, 2017, 05:01 AM (1 replies)

(Jewish Group) Kristallnacht: When America Failed the Jews


On November 11, 1938, a front-page story appeared in The New York Times. It read: “A wave of destruction, looting, and incendiarism unparalleled in Germany since the Thirty Years War and in Europe generally since the Bolshevist Revolution swept over Great Germany today as National Socialist cohorts took vengeance on Jewish shops, offices and synagogues for the murder by a young Polish Jew of Ernst vom Rath, third secretary of the German Embassy in Paris.”

Another Times story was headlined, “All Vienna’s Synagogues Attacked.”

These stories refer to Kristallnacht, the rampant violence on November 9-10, 1938, when Nazi storm troopers throughout Germany and Austria ransacked Jewish homes; broke the windows of Jewish-owned stores and looted their merchandise; set fire to synagogues; randomly attacked Jewish men, women and children; and arrested thousands of men.

When the violence ended, at least 96 Jews were dead, 1,300 synagogues and 7,500 businesses were destroyed, and countless Jewish cemeteries and schools were vandalized. A total of 30,000 Jews were sent to concentration camps. The broken glass strewn through the streets from the mayhem led the pogrom to be called “Crystal Night”– or Kristallnacht.

Posted by Behind the Aegis | Fri Nov 10, 2017, 04:56 AM (1 replies)
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