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Rutgers professor accused of antisemitism canned from position

Rutgers University has relieved Professor Michael Chikindas from his position as director of the Center for Digestive Health, and students no longer will have to take required courses taught by him.

Chikindas also will be required to attend a cultural sensitivity program.

The professor came under fire earlier this year for antisemitic postings on his Facebook page which had questioned the number killed in the Holocaust, and alleged “Israel takes money from starving American children.”

Chikindas claimed his FB account was hacked, despite not denying the posts were his.

Rutgers condemned the posts, noting they were “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.”

According to The Daily Targum, Rutgers President Robert L. Barchi and Chancellor Debasish Dutta sent a letter to faculty on Friday informing them of the actions taken against Chikindas.

From the story:

“This material perpetuated toxic stereotypes and was deeply upsetting to Jewish students, faculty, and staff across our community. The fears and concerns they have expressed to us and many university leaders are both justified and understandable,” the letter said.

The letter said that upon learning about this initial incident, the University launched its own investigation into Chikindas’s conduct within their own context and policies. Certain disciplinary processes are confidential and were omitted from the letter.

What followed was a comprehensive list of the actions taken by the University in response to Chikindas as of Friday.

Chikindas will be removed from teaching required courses so no Rutgers students will be required to take courses he teaches, and he has been removed from his leadership position as director of the Center for Digestive Health at the Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health, the letter said.

No Rutgers employees will be required to work in an administrative unit that he heads. Chikindas will be required to participate in a cultural sensitivity training program, and will be subject to ongoing monitoring if and when he returns to the classroom.

The University is seeking further disciplinary action through procedures under the collective bargaining agreement with its faculty union and Chikindas has been notified of this, the letter said.

The letter concludes :

“While the University is and should always be a place that challenges students to grapple with complex and even controversial ideas, this situation has threatened the trust between professors and students that is a prerequisite to learning.”

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  • KeenIncite

    Apparently, something is keeping Rutgers from outright firing him, so instead they made his position so unbearable that they hope he will just resign…

    • Kyle Hood

      It is the called a CBA. He is part of a union and they make it next to impossible to fire people, even for cause.

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    • T100C1970

      Sounds more like a paid vacation than punishment (except for the sensistiy training) to me.

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  • BHCh

    And how about the genocide-complicit Syrian former minister who spreads blood libel? Dr. Mazen Adi has not been disciplined and still teaches at Rutgers.

  • A.S.F.

    So now he is sniveling that his social media accounts were “hacked” and he is “not sure he posted all the content”, despite the overwhelming evidence against him. It seems pathetically obvious that he is a cowardly hypocritical liar, like most aspiring bullies are. I hope Rutgers follows through and does the right thing. This man is no educator. He’s a self-serving bigot who used his position at Rutgers as a soapbox.

  • FreakyFreaky

    All you would have to do is google Theodr Herzl and Armenian Question and realize that is a historical fact and not anti-semitic to state that the massacre of Armenians and Herzl’s attempt to propagandize on behalf of Ottoman Turkey to lessen the impact of those massacres was the original attempt to have the Ottomans transfer the Palestinian Mandate to Zionists. Its enough with Zionists trying to revise Israel’s history by attacking everyone with anti-semitic labels when they refer to historic events. Its not anti-semitic to say Jewish mobsters committed the first act of terrorism in the region when they bombed the King David Hotel in the summer of 1946. Zionsists are racist. Get over it. They are at the very least Anti Armenian and Anti-japhetic and at the most akin to Nazis. Grow up!

  • FreakyFreaky


    Zionism was founded on discrimination against Armenians on behalf of the Ottoman Empire. It’s fact. Sheesh.