Rutgers disavows prof's overtly anti-Semitic Facebook posts
Rutgers University is investigating one of its professors following the revelation of a series of aggressively anti-Semitic posts on his Facebook page.
Calling the posts “antithetical to our university’s principles and values," Rutgers acknowledged that Professor Michael Chikindas has a right to free speech, but is investigating whether he violated the school's policy on discrimination.
A Rutgers University professor is facing backlash over a series of aggressively anti-Semitic posts on his Facebook account.
According to The Algemeiner, Michael Chikindas, a professor and director of the university’s Center for Digestive Health, posted frequent anti-Semitic comments, at one point referring to Jewish people as “international fat Jewish pockets.”
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“These jewish [sic] motherf*****s do not control me. They can go f**k each other in their fat a***s - you see, I really do not have anything to loose [sic], hence nothing to be controlled,” he wrote in response to an article titled “The Globalists: Who Control Us!,” according to israellycool, which first reported the incident.
Additionally, Chikindas posted several anti-Semitic pictures to Facebook, one of which depicted American soldiers holding up a chair with an Israeli on it, who proceeds to declare, “I am God’s chosen people, you filthy goyim,” while one of the soldiers asks, “And we’re supposed to die for this guy?”
Similarly, in the comments section of an article on the Trump family’s visit to The Vatican, Chikindas referred to Ivanka and Melania Trump as “two b*****s dressed like ‘black widows,’” ridiculing Jared Kushner as a “Jewish money bag.”
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Another picture further showed a group of kippah-wearers controlling the Federal Reserve, Hollywood, “Pornography,” “Wars for Israel,” “Sex-Trafficking,” and the “Cancer Industry,” and when a Pro-Israel Facebook ad showed up on his page, he posted a picture that stated “do not force me to love the so-called ‘chosen’ and I will not tell you where you have to go.”
Additionally, in an interview with conspiracy theorist Christopher Bollyn, Chikindas called Judaism “the most racist religion in the world,” but then acquitted himself of anti-Semitism by claiming that at one point he was married to a Jewish woman, and later told The Algemeiner that he is 25 percent Ashkenazi Jew.
Notably, in a statement provided to NJ.com, Chikindas attempted to argue that his Facebook had been hacked, but did not deny sharing at least some anti-Semitic material.
A spokesperson for Rutgers told Campus Reform that the professor's comments are “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.”
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“Such comments do not represent the position of the University,” the school added, though it also affirmed his right to free expression.
However, the school did point to its “policy prohibiting discrimination,” and is currently in the process of determining whether Chikindas’ actions violated that policy.
Campus Reform reached out to Chikindas for comment, but did not receive a response in time for publication.
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