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The author of the March 20 column in The Daily Targum, entitled “Surveillance benefits U,” has — typical to his writing style — written a blatantly offensive article. It seems like every time I read his column, I am greeted with another instance of moronic xenophobia which he attempts to gloss over with phrases such as “poses a threat to the Muslim and non-Muslim community alike.” First of all, let me assure the author that the “baseless accusations” shot at the New York Police Department over the last 11 years are based in its McCarthyist stigma against select minority groups.
I was involved in a “Justice Not Vengeance” campaign in fall 2010 for Dharun Ravi. A now defunct New Brunswick community direct action group I was involved in called “Queering the Air” organized the campaign to present a different narrative than the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning community, as well as what had been circulating in the press and among mainstream LGBTQ organizations. I’m not attempting to speak for the organization, but I feel that the idea of “Justice Not Vengeance” ought to be reintroduced, and I feel compelled to share why I decided to join this campaign.
In the almost two months since Gov. Chris Christie first announced his support of a proposal to merge the Rutgers-Camden campus with Rowan University, more questions than answers have been raised about the impact this merger will have on not just the South Jersey region, but also on the state as a whole.
There have already been numerous articles and opinion pieces written about the pros and cons of this merger, with very few answers coming from Trenton and the other power players involved.
I was casually barefooting it down the boardwalk in Belmar, N.J., reading a book on a summer day in 2007 — which was now possible without the risk of a splinter making its way into my foot since they replaced the old, weather-worn, wooden boardwalk with a newer composite that was not designed to hurt people five years after installation. Belmar, as opposed to, say, Spring Lake (the beach next to Belmar), is made up of a younger and more energetic crowd, some of whom would be a significant part of New Jersey’s future.
As a practicing member of the Baha’i faith, I spend 19 days in March fasting from sunrise to sunset. Baha’i, which lasts during the daylight hours, is when people of the faith between 15 and 70 years old refrain from eating and drinking. The fast is symbolic: It stands as a reminder of spirituality in favor of materialism and aims to humble us.During midterms, I’ve been asked how I can concentrate while my stomach’s grumbling.
I want to address comments the Center for Science in the Public Interest Director Gregory Jaffe made in the article “Director busts myths behind biotechnology” published on March 1 in The Daily Targum. Genetically engineered (GE) foods are harmful to consumers. There has been a stream of new information showing the risks of GE foods to not only the health of consumers, but for the environment as well.
The Interfaith Chaplains Association at Rutgers University (TICARU) serves as a forum for positive and constructive dialogue among its members in order to advance the cause of religious life within the University community. The aim is not to proselytize, but rather to embrace a process by which each group might come to understand and appreciate both the differences and common ground between and among faith communities.
There is a wall in Israel, and I thank God every day for its existence. To be quite honest, much of this “wall” we hear so much about is actually a chain-link fence with motion sensors, but that’s just semantics. Whatever you want to call it, it is there — and yes, it prevents people from freely entering Israel. These are the facts. I’m sure by now you’ve written me off as some kind of monster, but if you bear with me I will explain.
There was an excellent editorial in The Daily Targum on Feb. 23 about a New York judge’s ruling to allow Dryden, a town in upstate New York, to ban fracking. But, in the last line of the editorial, there was a sentiment expressed that seemed senseless and out of place, stating, “fracking may be deemed appropriate for certain areas.” I wholeheartedly disagree — as a public-water activist, this is not true.
Human-rights activists throughout the world are recognizing “Israeli Apartheid Week” as a time to spread awareness about the system of oppression faced by Palestinians and Arab-Israelis at the hands of the Israeli government. The assertion, of course, is that the conditions in Israel and the occupied territories are akin to those of apartheid South Africa, wherein the black population lived under a system of racial segregation and were subjected to separate systems of laws, rights, education, and agency designed for their suppression.
BAKA: Students United for Middle Eastern Justice will hold events this week for “Israeli Apartheid Week” on the University campus. “Israeli Apartheid Week” is closely related to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.There is no apartheid in Israel, yet the week continues to be known as “Israeli Apartheid Week.” The term “apartheid” is meant to recall the situation in South Africa pre-1994.
Gov. Chris Christie has endorsed the Barer Commission’s proposal to sever Rutgers-Camden from the rest of the University and hand it over to Rowan University — the so-called “merger” proposal. I write not just to comment on that fact, but to say that from my vantage point as someone with appointments in both the Camden and New Brunswick campuses, I perceive a mismatch between the real threat to the proposal poses to the University and the reaction to that threat in the parts of the University that are not Rutgers-Camden.
The Fair Labor Association is an organization that was created to uphold moral justice, but has unfortunately taken a turn toward corruption. The group was founded in 1999 in response to a boom of the awareness of sweatshops and the conditions they placed their workers in. This included low wages, sexual harassment, working long hours and unpaid forced overtime.
With the recent outburst about the New York Police Department monitoring Muslim-American students around campus, it is safe to frankly and openly agree that Muslim-American college students are being violated. Muslim-Americans who have worked with us, studied with us, lived with us and even partied with us are not being treated like us. And by “us,” we speak as true Americans.
The recent revelation of the New York Police Department’s monitoring of Muslim-American students at the University, New York University, Yale University and other universities in the Northeast is extremely troubling. The NYPD’s actions violate academic freedom, stain the reputations of elite American colleges and universities, and ignite distrust in the hearts and minds of Muslim-Americans — the very community that is dedicated to foiling any terrorist plots against this country.
The University issued a statement on Monday regarding the New York Police Department spying on University faculty and students on the Newark and New Brunswick campuses, solely predicated upon what they believed was the religion of those individuals. “Rutgers University had no knowledge at the time that the New York Police Department was conducting surveillance near the university’s campuses in Newark and New Brunswick.
It was revealed in a USA Today report that the New York Police
Department conducted surveillance of Muslim students along the East
Coast, including those at the University.
On Feb. 14, The Daily Targum ran a column by Aaron Marcus
arguing that, like Greece, America will meet its downfall if it
complies with President Barack Obama’s agenda for increased public
spending, particularly if it adopts the Obama plan for health care
reform.While the author is right to point out that profligate public
spending catapulted Greece into its current economic bind, to
suggest that the riots in Greece are the spoiled whining of a
people who are no longer getting their way is shortsighted and
tinged with bias.
Saint Peter’s Healthcare System launched the largest solar power
system in a New Jersey hospital Friday on the roof of their Center
for Ambulatory Resources in New Brunswick, marking a step toward
making the hospital more environmentally friendly.The panels on the Easton Avenue building are a part of a $9-million
solar power project financed by PSE&G, said Phil Hartman, the
director of Public Relations at Saint Peters Healthcare System.
The Associated Press recently uncovered that the New York Police
Department was conducting unwarranted surveillance on Muslim
university students throughout the Northeast, including the
students of the University Muslim Student Association. Aside from
the appalling discovery that NYPD officers had a safe house in New
Brunswick for “intelligence gathering” in 2009, Muslim students
were being profiled daily through websites, blogs, emails and