Shehnaz Abdeljaber :
Thank you Richard Forer for supporting Rutgers' community members & writing President McCormick to let him know that there is a wider consensus of people who support freedom of speech and the right for individuals to be protected from false accusations!
Richard Forer » Blog Archive » Rutgers University Must Put a Stop to Discrimination http://www.richardforer.com/2011/04/rutgers-university-must-put-a-stop-to-discrimination/
Below is a letter I wrote to Rutgers University President Richard L. McCormick. I did so because the Zionist Organization of America has accused Rutgers of violating federal regulations by allowing a campus environment that is “increasingly hostile, anti-Semitic, and even includes violent threats against a Jewish student.” ZOA alleges that activities organized by BAKA: Students United for Middle Eastern Justice have “demonized Jews in Israel” and have attempted “to delegitimize the Jewish state.”
Although I deplore discrimination in any form I am familiar with the tactics of groups like ZOA. Their common practice is to call anyone who supports human rights in the Middle East or calls for an end to an illegal occupation an anti-Semite.
This is hysterical and self-destructive thinking and must be countered. It also appears that Pamela Geller and her group, Stop the Islamicization of America, recently classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, have been recruited to intimidate Rutgers University’s Muslim community with threats of physical violence.BAKA is an Affiliate of SJP (Students for Justice in Palestine). Among its activities, it organized a US to GAZA Flotilla fundraiser last fall, and the Never Again for Anyone tour in early 2011. Not only did neither activity demonize Israeli Jews or delegitimize Israel, both had a prominent Jewish presence.