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October 24, 2017 4:40 pm

Rutgers Professor Calls Judaism ‘Most Racist Religion,’ Blames Jews for Armenian Genocide, in Flurry of Antisemitic, Homophobic and Sexist Posts

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Rutgers University professor Michael Chikindas. Photo: Michael Chikindas / Facebook.

A Rutgers University professor has published multiple social media posts containing antisemitic canards and caricatures, including blaming the Armenian genocide on Jews, describing Judaism as “the most racist religion in the world,” and calling Israel a “terrorist country.”

As first reported by the Israellycool blog, Michael Chikindas — a microbiology professor at Rutgers’ department of food science and director of the school’s Center for Digestive Health — promoted dozens of anti-Jewish conspiracies and comments on his Facebook page this past May, among them references to “international fat Jewish pockets,” and descriptions of “orthodox Judaism” and Zionism as “the best of two forms of racism.”

In one post, Chikindas claimed, “Israel is the terrorist country aimed at genocidal extermination of the land’s native population, Palestinians,” and added: “we must not forget that the Armenian Genocide was orchestrated by the Turkish Jews who pretended to be the Turks.”

He argued that Israel was failing in this attempted “extermination” mainly “because of the number of the Jews of ‘alternative’ sexual orientation (25% of the Tel Aviv inhabitants are gay/lesbians and Israel has more of these than the Netherlands).”

In an earlier post, Chikindas wrote “that Israel, the country of the Jews and for the Jews, has one of the highest percentage of gays in the world.”

The professor also called Judaism “the most racist religion in the world” and shared an interview with Christopher Bollyn, a conspiracy theorist who has claimed American Jews and Israel orchestrated the 9/11 attacks.

An antisemitic image shared by Rutgers University professor Michael Chikindas. Photo: Michael Chikindas / Facebook.

Chikindas’ Facebook timeline is filled with images depicting classic antisemitic libels, including a graphic suggesting Jews — portrayed by the Happy Merchant, a caricature of a hook-nosed Jewish male with a kippah — control the Federal Reserve, Hollywood, the “cancer industry,” “pornography,” “wars for Israel,” and “sex-trafficking,” among other things.

Another image featured the Jewish caricature — representing Israel — being carried by American soldiers and saying, “I am God’s chosen people, you filthy goyim.” A third cartoon showed a Jewish man with a large, hooked nose and a yellow “Jude” star on his suit jacket stealing money from a hungry American boy, and exclaiming, “be a patriot, goy! Somebody’s got to pay 10 billion to Israel.”

Other images depicted an Israeli flag overlaying the White House; accused Zionists of playing “the Anti-Semitism Card”; quoted former Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters leveling charges of “apartheid” against Israel; and expressed support for the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign.

An antisemitic image shared by Rutgers University professor Michael Chikindas. Photo: Michael Chikindas / Facebook.

Chikindas also published multiple posts referring to women — including Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, Israeli Culture Minister Miri Regev, First Lady Melania Trump, and President Donald Trump’s eldest daughter Ivanka Trump — as “b**ches” and in some cases “sl*ts.”

After sharing an article claiming to expose the “global elite,” he wrote, “These jewish motherf*****s do not control me. They can go and f**k each other in their fat a***s — you see, I really do not have anything to loose (sic), hence nothing to be controlled.”

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.

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.

This is not the first time that a professor at Rutgers — New Jersey’s largest publicly-funded research university — was caught making comments that were criticized for being antisemitic.

Jasbir Puar, an associate professor of women’s and gender studies at Rutgers, has come under fire for comments she made at a 2016 faculty-sponsored event at Vassar College, where she repeated allegations that the bodies of “young Palestinian men … were mined for organs for scientific research,” according to a transcript of the talk provided by the Vassar alumni group Fairness To Israel.

She asserted at the time that Israel’s actions could be called a “genocide in slow motion,” and said, “We need [the boycotts, divestment and sanctions movement] as part of organized resistance and armed resistance in Palestine as well.”

In a 2015 essay, Puar also wrote that “Palestinian trauma is overshadowed” because “Israel in particular and Jewish populations in general have thoroughly hijacked the discourse of trauma through exceptionalizing Holocaust victimization.”

Mark G. Yudof, former president of the University of California and current chairman of the Academic Engagement Network (AEN), and Kenneth Waltzer, executive director of AEN, wrote in response to Puar’s 2016 comments, “Wild charges against Israel have often been aired on U.S. campuses over the past several years, and their moral perversity pointed out. But Ms. Puar’s calumnies reached a new low.”

“Characterizing Israel and Zionism in ways that anti-Semites formerly characterized Jews has become a stock in trade among anti-Israeli activists on college campuses,” they added.

Puar is set to publish a new book through Duke University Press next month, which argues that Israel seeks to injure and maintain “Palestinian populations as perpetually debilitated, and yet alive, in order to control them.”

The article has been updated to reflect comments by Neal Buccino, a spokesperson for Rutgers University.

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  • jbwilson24

    So explain the Noahyde laws please. And also explain the ‘chosen people of God’ bit. Sounds very egalitarian.

  • jbwilson24

    actually most anti-semitism is not pathological. it is a reaction to jewish in-group preferences. The metaphor of anti-semitism as a disease has zero explanatory power, although it is obviously useful for Jewish people.

  • fandango

    I am dumbfounded by the reaction of American Jewry to the goings-on on US campuses. How are Jewish Rutgers donors doing? And American Jewish students at Rutgers? (Just to give a sense of proportion: try to imagine reactions of Palestinians and Muslims to a Jewish professor making analogous allegations about the Arabs). Running this little Nazi creep out of town, tar and feathers all, would be nice. Or just making his life on campus a nightmare. What could be simpler? Every anti-fa urchin is capable of that.
    This morose non-reaction will have consequences. American Jews are in for a very rude awakening. Keith Ellison is just a preview.

  • fandango

    sure, they also installed the device in your rotting teeth that sends those loud broadcasts to your rot for brain.

  • mitt co

    Therapy implies mental illness. This is evil. Don’t conflate the two, this is why the mentally ill are so stigmatized. This trash needs to be dumped.

  • Michael Louis Weissman

    See above.

  • Michael Louis Weissman

    I thought that, on this thread at least, opposition is required to refute an assertion rather than the other way around.

    So, until we get that refutation, my assertion stands.


    • jbwilson24

      oh my lord, go take a class in basic reasoning.

      Anyone who thinks that the burden of proof is on the person questioning a claim is a lunatic.

  • NCris

    People like you are disgusting and hipocritical piece of crap. How are you any different than the professor? Turning one hate to another.


    Run! A Jewish account is on the loose.!
    Where Do they find these anti semitic idiots in Obozo’s bath house?

  • epaminondas

    Like Arthur Butz, and Kevin McDonald, this proves just because you have a degree in some esoteric area, doesn’t mean you can apply common sense and facts to overcome sick inner inner compulsions in another. If Rutgers is a public university and or cares about enrollment, this might end his employment.
    Nothing like Sunlight

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  • bhrush

    I suspect the University will do nothing about this hate. is there even any law there he has broken. Ask him to travel to Canada and make those statements.

  • Michael Louis Weissman

    It’s well-known that Chikindas is being paid by Iran, through Hizbollah, to say these things. They’ve even set him up with a Swiss chalet with two mistresses.

  • Sara Hill

    I seem to be the first to comment but what can one say? The fact that “learned” professors can have such opinions is beyond my ken. I have no words to answer such fabrications. Maybe someone else can.

  • Dave

    Michael Chikindas, we are sending several former Mossad agents to knock on your door. The days that Jews can be attacked and trashed are over. Never again!

  • proctologsOfZion

    Can I have his address? I would like to arrange a face to face meeting between him and myself.