Vanderbilt's Jewish Frat Defaced With Swastikas

Police conducting hate crime investigation
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 18, 2015 9:10 AM CDT
Vanderbilt's Jewish Frat Defaced With Swastikas
This image shows a swastika painted on a building in Vorra near Nuremberg, Germany, Friday, Dec.12, 2014.   (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Police are conducting a hate crime investigation after students found three swastikas spray-painted in a Jewish frat house at Vanderbilt University on Saturday, the Tennessean reports. The student president of the Alpha Epsilon Pi frat says students were "horrified" to discover the Nazi symbols, painted in an elevator and on a basement door sometime between 1:55am and 3:22am following a party. The director of AEPi International linked the incident to a "rising tide of anti-Semitism," citing "organized and concerted anti-Israel activities on college campuses." The organization has sent security consultants to Vanderbilt to assist students who may feel threatened.

"We stand together to condemn any effort to intimidate or send an unwelcoming message to the Jewish members of the Vanderbilt community," provost Susan Wente wrote to students, per the Vanderbilt Hustler. The director of a Jewish center on campus notes "spray-painting swastikas at a Jewish fraternity is not a college prank or some mischievous act of vandalism" but "a malicious attack intended to bring to mind the horrors of the Holocaust, to force us to feel different, endangered and isolated." Many university groups have condemned the act and called for the perpetrators to be expelled. The College Fix reports swastika graffiti has been found at Yale, Tufts, and Emory University in recent months. (More fraternity stories.)

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