Rutgers prof called ‘motherf***ing Jews’ the ‘most racist religion in the world’
NEW BRUNSWICK — A professor who has worked at Rutgers for almost two decades is now under investigation by the school for a litany of anti-Semitic social media posts under his name.
Attention was first cast on the social media posts of Michael Chikindas — who, according to his resume, is a professor in the Department of Food Science, and director of the Center for Digestive Health — after they were shared by the blog Israellycool. The site, which describes itself as "one of Israel's largest English-blogs" published screenshots of Chikindas' Facebook page, does not currently appear to be publicly available.
The Algemeiner, which describes itself as "the fastest growing Jewish newspaper in America," also quoted Chikindas calling Judaism "the most racist religion in the world," and calling Israel a "terrorist country." It linked to Facebook posts that no longer appear available.
One of the screenshots published by Israellycool included an image from the End.AIPAC Facebook page — itself dedicated to ending "the illegal Israeli Occupation of Palestine — in the style of a Monopoly get-out-of-jail-free card.
It reads: "When your Zionist agenda gets busted, play the anti-Semitism Card." Adding, "Claim everything. Admit nothing."
In one of the screenshots of a post Chikindas says the "jewish mother****** do not control me."
"They can go f*** each other in their fat arses — you see, I do not have anything to loose, hence nothing to be controlled," he wrote.
That post was sharing another page's link to an article titled "The Globalists: Who controlls us."
Another included crude caricatures of Jews:
Several others cartoons criticizing Israeli policies or the U.S.'s relationship to Israel included similar Jewish caricatures as well. In another post, Chikindas responded to Facebook serving him an "orthodox Judiasm Zionist racist advertisement" with "Do not force me to love the so-called 'Chosen' and I will not tell you where you have to go."
All of the screen shots shared by the blog appear to be from May of this year.
A statement from Rutgers University, reached by New Jersey 101.5 Wednesday, called Chikindas' comments and posts "antithetical to our university's principles and values of respect for people of all backgrounds, including, among other groups, our large and vibrant Jewish Community.
The statement adds that his comments "do not represent the position of the University."
"Rutgers' position on free speech is clear: All of the members of our community, including faculty and staff, are free to express their viewpoints in public forums as private citizens," the school said. "Yet at Rutgers University we must also foster an environment free from discrimination, as articulated in our policy prohibiting discrimination."
The statement from Rutgers said the school is "reviewing this matter to determine if actions taken in the context of his role as a faculty member at Rutgers may have violated that policy."
Chikindas is not the first area professor to find himself in trouble for making apparent anti-Semitic comments. Last month, New Jersey Institute of Technology lecturer Jason Reza Jorjani was seen in a video predicting the return of concentration camps, and saying that Adolf Hitler would be remembered as a "great European leader" in the future.
The video was shot by a student in Sweden who went undercover with the alt-right as part of a project for a group Hope not Hate.
"We will have a Europe, in 2050, where the bank notes have Adolf Hitler, Napoleon Bonaparte, Alexander the Great," he is heard saying in the video. "And Hitler will be seen like that: like Napoleon, like Alexander, not like some weird monster who is unique in his own history — no, he is just going to be seen as a great European leader."
While Chikandis has not been linked to any particular group, Jorjani is described as one of the founders of the AltRight Corporation, describidng itself as "an organization established to foster cooperation and coordination among alt-right groups in Europe and North America."
On his blog Jorjani called the video "trash," and "was obtained surreptitiously under false pretenses."
"It has been deceptively edited to make it appear as if I am advocating genocidal extreme right-wing policies," he said. "My nightmarish prediction of a future tat would follow from Western policymakers' failure to address the Muslim migrant crisis in the present has been taken out of context and made to appear as if it is advocacy for concentration camps and expulsions of war ... at the cost of a few hundred million people."
Calling the statements in the video "antitheticial to our institution's core values," the school reviewed the matter and announced that Jorjani would be placed on administrative leave pending a full review.
Rutgers is also looking into the spreading of flyers by a white supremacist group, and a racist poster seen on a campus bus this week.
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