Jewish freshman’s face plastered on anti-Israel flyers at Rutgers in act of ‘unabated antisemitism’

Jewish freshman’s face plastered on anti-Israel flyers at Rutgers in act of ‘unabated antisemitism’

Somebody at Rutgers College cruelly plastered a Jewish freshman’s face on flyers for an anti-Israel referendum — the most recent act of “unabated antisemitism” on the New Jersey college, the scholar informed The Submit.

“Free Palestine” and “Free Gaza,” mentioned the flyers with Rivka Schafer’s mug on them, urging a “sure” vote for the college to divest from Israel.

They had been plastered all through the Demarest Corridor dorm on Thursday morning.

“I don’t really feel protected in my very own dorm,” mentioned Schafer, 19.

A latest vote on Rutgers’ ties to Israel has led to an more and more hostile surroundings for Jews on campus, college students declare. Chris Pedota, / USA TODAY NETWORK
Rivka Schafer was horrified to see a random shot of her holding an indication handed to her at a pro-Israel march plastered on BDS flyers strewn about her dormitory constructing. Courtesy of Rivka Schafer

“It focused me the place I reside. That’s not simply terrifying, that’s outright harassment, that’s antisemitism.”

A report was filed with the Rutgers College Police Division however Schafer left conferences with campus police and directors feeling “utterly unsafe” and “focused for non secular beliefs.”

The college didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

The environmental science main’s face was grabbed from a social media video from a College students Supporting Israel march earlier within the week, cropped and blown up for the flyer.

The BDS marketing campaign — which stands for boycott, divestment and sanction, and is banned in lots of states together with New Jersey — makes an attempt to delegitimize Israel by pushing people and entities from doing enterprise with the Jewish state.

A number of Rutgers pupil organizations have been pushing for the college to divest from Israel. A vote was held this week on the referendum. Instagram @siprutgersnb

Rutgers college students had till Friday at 11:59 p.m. to vote on referendum concentrating on the college’s investments in corporations tied to Israel and its partnership with Tel Aviv College, which started in 2020.

The controversial vote has solely amplified the hostility Jewish college students have felt on campus, Schafer mentioned.

“Not a single Jewish pupil feels protected merely strolling to the bus cease,” the scholar mentioned.

Rutgers freshman and environmental science main Rivka Schafer mentioned Jewish college students don’t really feel protected on campus, particularly in gentle of an anti-Israel pupil meeting referendum. Courtesy of Rivka Schafer

“My story is only one tiny instance of every part that’s been occurring on campus.”

Schafer recounted the story of a good friend whose calculus class was lately derailed by a pupil lobbing for the BDS marketing campaign.

One other pupil shared with The Submit a traumatizing expertise through which a bunch of Palestine supporters surrounded her on campus and mentioned they’d pray to Hamas to “kill all of the Israelis.”

Professional-Palestinian Rutgers teams demonstrated on March 19 to demand the college divest from Israel. Chris Pedota, / USA TODAY NETWORK

The establishment — which was blasted in 2021 for apologizing after condemning antisemitism — has lately come underneath fireplace for repeatedly permitting “antisemitic” lectures that critics say unfold “vitriolic hate.”

Final month, Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans introduced a probe into the college’s Middle for Safety, Race and Rights for sponsoring occasions that includes “terrorist sympathizers,” and “advocates of home radicalism.”

The US Home of Representatives’ Committee on Training and the Workforce on Wednesday introduced it too is investigating Rutgers, New Jersey’s state larger training system.

College students for Justice in Palestine, Rutgers’ American Affiliation of College Professors and the Rutgers American Federation of Lecturers are selling a BDS referendum within the Pupil Meeting election. Alamy Inventory Picture

Jewish advocacy teams this week penned a letter demanding the college droop and examine antisemitic professors and teams together with Rutgers’ College students for Justice in Palestine, a faction of a radical pro-Hamas group chargeable for most of the latest anti-Israel protests throughout the nation.

“Rutgers has did not take any motion to guard its Jewish college students,” the letter to Rutgers President Jonathan Holloway charged.

The teams declare the SJP and a brand new pupil group “Pali” are behind an effort to get Rutgers’ Hillel Worldwide group banned.

A Rutgers legislation pupil who allegedly known as out a pair of pupil “Hamas supporters” is now suing, claiming retaliation in opposition to him by the college.

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