As alumni, parents, and community members of Rutgers University represented by Alums for Campus Fairness (ACF), we strongly condemn your recent statement from Thursday, May 27th, apologizing for having condemned antisemitism.
This blatant disregard for Jewish thoughts on an explicitly Jewish issue is an extension of your administration's record that reinforces that Jews are the only group whose oppression must be qualified. Even in your most recent statement on Saturday, May 29th, you both declared that you would never “apologize for standing against anti-Semitism,” while continuing to dedicate more attention to other forms of hate and bigotry in the same statement.
As alumni, we are absolutely a part of the university - once you become a graduate of Rutgers, you are forever a Rutgers alumnus/a. In light of this statement, ACF questions your administration’s commitment to representing all students, including Jewish students.
We must not allow Rutgers to become a campus that fosters antisemitism and threatens the well-being of Jewish students. Antisemitism is abhorrent and when universities are pillars of truth, academic freedom, and open discourse, antisemitism is not tolerated.
Therefore, we call on your Administration to:
Commit to fighting antisemitism and making Rutgers safer for the Jewish and pro-Israel community;
Adopt the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism;
Form a working group focused on assessing, recommending, and executing initiatives and policies to combat antisemitism, of which includes members of the Jewish community at Rutgers and its leadership.
ACF asks that you affirm your commitment to all Rutgers community members. As the unified alumni voice in countering antisemitism, now is the time for your Administration to show support for the Jewish community through action.