'Alarming' Anti-Israel Campaign On Rutgers Campus
Some 1,000 students at Rutgers New Brunswick campus woke up to an alarming eviction notice, informing the students to vacate within 3 days time or have their belongings destroyed.
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#1 Oct 9, 2013
rabbi dr. bernhard rosenberg
May 03, 2012
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.
#2 Oct 10, 2013
RECENTLY A MUSLIM STUDENT DRESSED IN MUSLIM GARB TRIED TO PULLED THE SAME THING OFF AS THEY DID AT RUTGERS. RUTGERS DID NOT INVESTIGATE BUT THE CHAIRMAN OF MY NEW DEPT. DID NOT FALL FOR THE COMPLAINT. IN FACT MY STUDENTS OVER HEARD HER COMPLAINING ABOUT ME AND AFTER THE STUDENT FAILED TO HAVE ME OUSTED SHE DROPPED BY CLASS. DEJEVUE. I AM THE ONLY ONE WHO WEARS A YAMUKA. DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG
#3 Oct 12, 2013
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,
#4 Nov 16, 2013
A public speaking course is definitely a recommended method of standing up confidently and delivering a polished presentation without any fear.
Definitely recommend people attend speaking classes from a young age as can really help improve your chances of success in life as you take on more management positions. My friend took a course ( http://www.highimpactspeaking.net ) which not only gave her the confidence but also found it very inspirational.
It's a great skills to have in your bag of skills :)
#5 Nov 16, 2013
I think it's the ability to cross your legs behind your head that will enhance your bag of skills. Nobody can say no to that.
#6 Jan 29, 2014
Why has no-one brought a lawsuit against the violators, and also against the authorities if they are indeed practising favoritism or sweeping things under the rug? Lastly, if some of the Muslim students harassing or threatening others are here on student visas, they can be expelled like that if they get into trouble. Carry their identities to immigration.
One generation ago it was Jews who had too much power on campuses, and you got persecuted and branded an anti-Semite if you dared displease them. Today it seems the wheel has come full circle. I refused to tolerate high-handedness by Jews back then, and neither Jews tolerate anyone today who targets them.
Equal justice and safety for all, regardless.
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