Following my post exposing the vile antisemitism of Michael Chikindas, a Professor at Rutgers University, Shiri Moshe of The Algemeiner has followed up and spoken with Chikindas. And I am sure you will be shocked to learn that he denies being antisemitic.
“Some of my best ex-wives were Jewish”
In an interview with The Algemeiner on Tuesday, Chikindas rejected accusations of antisemitism, indicating that he was once married to and had a child with a Jewish woman, and had some 25 percent Ashkenazi Jewish lineage himself.
When read comments he made about Judaism, Chikindas pointed to the Talmud — a text containing Jewish law and tradition — which he claimed features racist and supremacist passages, as well as to “extremely degrading racist messages” he said he received on YouTube from accounts with Hebrew-language handles.
These messages — written in Russian, sent from “Jews who were originally from Russia,” and containing vulgar, personal insults, according to Chikindas — were provided as further evidence of the religion’s supposed racism.
Chikindas also said that he was open to having a “civilized” discussion on these issues, and claimed that his postings did not violate any of Facebook’s policies.
More importantly, Rutgers is now aware of his antisemitic postings, and seems to be taking the matter seriously.
Neal Buccino, a spokesperson for Rutgers, told The Algemeiner that “Professor Michael Chikindas’ comments and posts on social media 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. Such comments do not represent the position of the University.”
He added that while Rutgers respects the free speech rights of its faculty members, it also seeks to “foster an environment free from discrimination, as articulated in our policy prohibiting discrimination.”
“The university 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,” Buccino added.
Here’s hoping Chikindas gets his marching orders (I do not know about you, but I doubt he could be objective when grading any Jewish students).
And if he does get fired, he can blame that also on the Jews!
Update: Looks like the good professor has taken down his Facebook profile – or perhaps Facebook did! Good thing I took screenshots..