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Federations seek action on Rutgers Hitler spoof NEW

There are 1 comment on the New Jersey Jewish News story from May 2, 2012, titled Federations seek action on Rutgers Hitler spoof NEW. In it, New Jersey Jewish News reports that:

New Jersey State Association of Jewish Federations executive director Jacob Toporek said Rutgers officials agreed that "perhaps the university could have done better with making this a teaching moment." State Jewish leaders have asked Rutgers University to consider suspending publication of a campus satirical newspaper that mocked a Jewish student ... (more)

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RABBI BERNHARD ROSENBERG

Edison, NJ

#1 May 4, 2012
From: Mena Beshay <[email protected]>
To: chaimdov <[email protected]>
Sent: Tue, Apr 3, 2012 11:54 am
Subject: Re: Fwd: rutgers letter

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

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