In this video Rutgers students can be heard chanting "free and open to the public."
Rutgers bars Jewish students from open campus event
The student-sponsored event was announced as an open invitation event, however the sponsoring organizations of "Never Again for Anyone," according to the reports, asked campus police to bar students wearing kippas from the event. The organizers eventually limited the attendance to supporters only.
"We wanted to protest this event because as the children and grandchildren of victims of the Holocaust we believed it to be absolutely absurd to compare Israeli act of self defense to the viscous, systematic murder of millions of Jews, Catholics, Gays, Gypsies, Russians and others," Jewish student Aaron Marcus was quoted as saying by an online report.
Rutgers bars Jews from anti-Zionist gathering -Alyssa Farah
Rutgers University campus police tonight barred some 400 Jewish students and their supporters, including some Holocaust survivors, from attending what was billed as an anti-Zionist gathering at the state school tonight.
The student-sponsored event was announced with an open invitation campus-wide, and Rutgers policy is for all student activities to be open to the public.
However, when the sponsoring organizations of "Never Again for Anyone" saw they were outnumbered by Jewish students and their supporters by about 4-to-1, they asked campus police to bar students wearing kippas – and eventually limited attendance to known supporters of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, Americans for Muslims in Palestine and the Middle East Children's Alliance.
Pleas to university officials from the Jewish students and their supporters for access to the event went unheeded. "They started charging money as soon as they saw Zionists outside," said Rabbi Akiva Weiss.
Rutgers campus police said they could not provide a statement as to why the public event would turn away 400 members of the public. One officer said they were called in late and weren't really sure what was going on.
When the Jewish students, led by Aaron Marcus, were denied entry, they gathered in the lobby and sang songs in Hebrew.
[World Net Daily]
Pro-Israeli supporters clash with anti-Zionists at New Brunswick event
The Middle East conflict ignited passions at Douglass College over the weekend after a group of Israel supporters turned out for an event critical of Israeli policy toward the Palestinians.
The "Never Again for Anyone" program [was] sponsored by American Muslims for Palestine and the Jewish Anti-Zionist Network.
Tensions rose on the Douglass campus after several hundred supporters of Israel — both students and non-students who were encouraged to attend by Rutgers Hillel, a campus Jewish group — arrived at the event expecting to attend for free, only to be told of a mandatory charge of $5.
Critics of the tour said the charge was a calculated attempt by the organizers to exclude the Israeli supporters. "They knew that every single person that showed up would not donate a penny to get in," said Liran Kapaono, a Rutgers senior.
The event had been billed as free on Facebook and the tour’s own website.
Sara Kershnar, a coordinator of the Jewish Anti-Zionist Network said organizers decided to impose the $5 mandatory charge after Rutgers classified the event as one not sponsored by students, and charged $1,200 to rent Trayes Hall inside the Douglass Campus Center.
Andrew Getraer, executive director of Rutgers Hillel, disputed Kershnar’s explanation of the admission charge, saying it was still voluntary the night of the event. "When they saw the pro-Israel supporters, they pulled the free sign down," said Getraer, adding that Hillel will look into whether any policy was violated and present its findings to the university.
In a statement last night, Rutgers said that "contrary to published reports, Rutgers University Police did not bar anyone who paid the fee."