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October 9, 2016 8:18 am

Columbia Student Launches One-Man Counter-Demonstration Against ‘Jew-Hater, Hitler-Lover’ at Campus Entrance

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Columbia student Rudy Rochman (right), counter-demonstrating against an antisemitic activist on campus. Photo: Courtesy.

Columbia student Rudy Rochman (right), counter-demonstrating against an antisemitic activist on campus. Photo: Courtesy.

A Columbia University student told The Algemeiner on Friday that he launched a one-man demonstration against a “Jew-hater and Hitler-lover” parading around the campus gates on Thursday, “to show we will not stand silently for antisemitism.”

Rudy Rochman, a pro-Israel activist, said that he decided to take matters into his own hands when he saw the outsider holding up a poster that said: “Google it!!! Jews financed black slavery.” He said quickly drew up his own banner — reading: “This is what antisemitism looks like” — and held it up alongside the Jew-hating protester until the other person left the premises.

Rochman told The Algemeiner the individual has appeared at Columbia numerous times in the past with antisemitic signs, but that, to his knowledge, this is the first time anyone has counter-protested.

According to the blog IsraellyCool, two New York Police Department officers showed up about an hour after Rochman, but did not take any action. Some time later, more policemen arrived and told the man to leave. After initially refusing, he eventually complied.

This is but one of many incidents of this nature at the university, located in upper Manhattan. According to a campus watchdog report, Columbia ranked first as the school with the largest increase in antisemitic activity between 2015 and 2016.

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  • Pepper Wingate

    Slavery was endemic at the time. Anyone who invested in the stock market probably financed slavery. The South Seas Bubble was about financing slave trading adventures.
    If you can find a nation at that time that did not have slavery of one form or another, I will be very surprised.
    In Barbados, Jews were forbidden to own slaves. Because of this, Jews could not compete and had to leave the island.
    Arabs were slave dealers all over the Middle East and Africa and provided the slaves for the Slave Trade. If it wasn’t for Arab slavers, there would never have been a Slave Trade at all.

    • Juno Slater

      Every conquering civilization has taken slaves. The Babylonians, the Romans, the Egyptians, the Philistines, the Greeks, the Persians, the Incans, the Mayans, the Gauls, the Huns, the Macedonians, the Mongolians, the Saracens, the various empires of China, the Japanese, the Prussians, the Muslims and the Ottomans. The invading and conquering Muslims probably killed the most people – 270 million estimated – with 60 million or so just in India alone – took millions of slaves and was heavily involved in slave trading from Africa to the indian sub continent to the Arabian Peninsula. Islam condones slave trading and is still heavily involved in it to this day.

    • arturo

      You can still buy a black slave in Mauritania. The price is approximately $75 US (depending on the exchange rate).