Rutgers University police have been investigating allegations of student harassment at a Jewish fraternity, after a few reported incidents on the New Brunswick campus.
School officials said the incident involved unidentified individuals who appear to have targeted Alpha Epsilon Pi entirely because of its members’ Jewish identity.
People inside several vehicles shouted anti-Semitic slurs, spat at them and threw various objects, police say
No one was physically harmed during the encounter, part of which appears to have been captured in a video clip posted to Twitter.
The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office has been notified as the RUPD continues to handle the investigation.
“Initial representations regarding the incident are disturbing. We understand and are sensitive to the concerns of those who have been targeted, and support our Jewish students, faculty and staff,” said Chancellor-Provost of Rutgers-New Brunswick Francine Conway, in a written message.
“Harassment based on religious belief, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or for any reason is against our values at Rutgers University.”
Additionally, the same fraternity said they ovulated Monday evening or Tuesday morning, as reported MyCentralJersey.com.
The fellowship was also prompted almost exactly a year earlier as it observed Holocaust Remembrance Day, the same report said, citing Rutgers Hillel’s acting executive director, Rabbi Esther Reed.
New Jersey saw 370 anti-Semitic incidents in 2021, an all-time high for the state, according to data released Tuesday by the Anti-Defamation League.
Erin Vogt is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach her at email@example.com
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