A Rutgers University student, Aaron Marcus, has been physically threatened after he wrote a spoof article in his newspaper column satirically detailing the good things that came from Hitler’s actions. Marcus told reporters that he has been the subject of threats from a number of Palestinian students and university employees because of the article.
Marcus also explained his concern of the school’s lack of protection regarding the matter. One complaint Marcus made to the school was regarding a statement made on Facebook by the school’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies outreach coordinator.
Marcus spoke of the threats, saying; “Anyone has the right to say what they want to say, but at a university like Rutgers that prides itself in diversity and a set code of conduct for students and faculty, a dialogue is one thing, but personal attacks against me and physical threats of violence should not be tolerated.”
One Rutgers student posted on Twitter that they wanted to use a crowbar to smash his face in. A number of death threats have also been submitted to Marcus via Facebook. Although one of the students responsible for posting threats has been warned by the school, Marcus said it’s not enough.