A New Jersey Institute of Technology lecturer seen on video apparently spouting anti-Semitic sentiments claimed Tuesday his comments were taken out of context.
The Newark college has put Jason Jorjani on administrative leave, saying his statements are “antithetical” to its core values.
The video was part of a Sept. 19 New York Times opinion piece about a nonprofit group’s undercover investigation of white nationalism. It shows Jorjani discussing the return of concentration camps and foreseeing a future in which Adolf Hitler is regarded as a “great European leader.”
Jorjani says the video was edited to remove the context of the conversation about a dystopian society that would result from continuing current U.S. political practices.
Jorjani tells NJ.com his prediction was a negative warning, not an endorsement of Hitler’s politics and anti-Semitism.