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Monday, August 11, 2003


RUTGERS

According to Jihad in Jersey, this banner was hung in the Douglas Campus Student Center at Rutgers in March of this year. The University Legal Council determined that not putting up the banner would violate the rights of The Rutgers Association for Middle East Justice (RAMEJ) to Freedom of Speech.

The banner was to be taken down on March 10th, but then a second banner went up on the main campus at the Rutgers Student Center. When asked to remove it, the Douglas administration said it could stay since it was not inflammatory. The writer at Jihad in Jersey spoke to Deanna Ferrante, Assistant Dean of External Affairs (ferrante@rci.rutgers.edu), who said it was protected free speech.

The website makes an excellent point:
"This statement seems to say that Israel should not exist. The issue is not free speech. "From the river to the sea" has a particular historical connotation - the destruction of Israel, and by extension the 5.5 million Jews who live there . . . Calling for "Palestine from the river to the sea" is just as threatening to Jews as a burning cross is to black Americans. It is just as threatening as a swastika. Calling for "Palestine from the river to the sea" is incitement to violence against Jews. It's intent is to terrorize Jews like a cross burning terrorizes blacks. History and context give meaning to words & symbols."
According to Chief Rabbi (UK) Jonathan Sacks, in The Forward, June 2002, "A student newspaper at Rutgers University carried an article containing the words, 'Die Jew. Die, die, die. Do us all a favour and build yourself an oven.' "

OCT 10-12 RUTGERS WILL BE HOME TO THE THIRD ANNUAL NATIONAL STUDENT CONFERENCE OF THE PALESTINE SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT.


I'm glad to pass on this contact information provided at Jihad in Jersey, so that readers might avail themselves of some free speech.

Rutgers President president@rutgers.edu

Rutgers Bias Prevention cclarke@rci.rutgers.edu; suliali@rci.rutgers.edu; bbender@rci.rutgers.edu; dlewis@rci.rutgers.edu; kowens@rci.rutgers.edu; marcohen@rci.rutgers.edu; dlewis@rci.rutgers.edu; lkull@rci.rutgers.edu

Rutgers Office of Harassment uche@hr.rutgers.edu

US Congressmen/Senators

Frank_Lautenberg@lautenberg.senate.gov

(web form) http://corzine.senate.gov/contact.cfm

Congressman Frank Pallone E-MAIL: Frank.Pallone@mail.house.gov

State Assembly/State Senators

State senator Bob Smith -no email (732) 752-0770

Assemblyman Egan AsmEgan@njleg.

Assemblyman Chivukula AsmChivukula@njleg.org

Governor http://www.nj.gov/governor/govmail.html (web form)

NJ commission on higher education: E-mail- nj_che@che.state.nj.us