Jewish Frat House in U.S. Defaced With Swastikas

Emory University swiftly condemns anti-Semitic act discovered after Yom Kippur at AEPi fraternity house, as police search for perpetrators.

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A screenshot of the defaced front of Emory's AEPi house, Oct. 5, 2014.
A screenshot of the defaced front of Emory's AEPi house, Oct. 5, 2014.Credit: Courtesy @AtlantaSmiles

Vandals spray painted swastikas on the front of a Jewish fraternity house at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia Sunday morning, prompting a sharp and swift response from the school, according to U.S. media reports.

A photo of the swastikas on the porch of AEPi's campus house, in which two crudely spray painted swastikas can be seen, was tweeted by Hugh Flax, who goes by the Twitter handle @AtlantaSmiles.

"The Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity house at Emory University was the target of crude, offensive graffiti, including swastikas, early Sunday morning, Oct. 5," wrote an Emory spokesperson in a statement provided to Business Insider.

"AEPi is an historically Jewish fraternity and the incident occurred shortly after the end of Yom Kippur on Saturday, one of the Jewish highest holidays.

"This abhorrent act will not be tolerated and does not reflect the values of the Emory University community.

"Emory Police officers are actively investigating the incident and have increased patrols to the area. Campus Life officials are meeting with student leaders to provide support and determine next steps for response."

The president of Emory University, James Wagner, commented in an email that he was saddened by the report of the incident.

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"On behalf of our community, I denounce this abhorrent act. It is an offense against a Jewish fraternity and the Jewish members of our community, and it is a repugnant, flagrant emblem of anti-Semitism. It is also an offense against the entire university," he wrote.

"Emory University will not tolerate such acts."

The Emory AEPi chapter expressed its outrage "at the insensitive display of prejudice that occurred" at its house.

”We are working alongside Emory to ensure that intolerable acts of hate, such as this, will never occur again," commented the fraternity, according to Business Insider. "We are thankful for the community around us that has shown tremendous support throughout this time."

Swastikas in Spokane

Over on the West Coast, a swastika was painted on a wall at Temple Beth Shalom in Spokane over the weekend.

The Spokesman-Review reports the graffiti was discovered during Saturday’s Yom Kippur services. It was painted on the concrete wall in the synagogue’s enclosed courtyard.

Rabbi Tamar Malino says the congregation is working with Spokane police. Investigators are reviewing security footage.

The rabbi says the mark will be removed immediately.

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