Vandals Deface Yale University With Swastikas

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Yale University's Durfee Hall.Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Unknown vandals drew swastikas at the entrance to a Yale University freshman residence hall late on Sunday night, according to The Yale Daily News.

It was the second anti-Semitic incident at the university in a little more than a month. Previously, several swastikas were drawn on a whiteboard in another freshman dorm.

And last week, only hours after Yom Kippur, swastikas and other offensive graffiti were found outside Alpha Epsilon Pi house — a nationally Jewish fraternity – at Emory University in Atlanta.

Sunday's night's graffiti was found on a walkway outside Durfee Hall, which houses first year students in Morse College and is part of Yale's Old Campus. Yale College Dean Jonathan Holloway said that attempts had been made to remove the swastikas "but some faint impressions remain." 

According to the report, several students later drew hearts and other images in colored chalk on the walkway.

“I condemn this shameful defacement, perpetrated anonymously under cover of night,” Holloway wrote in a campus-wide email. “There is no room for hate in this house.”

"The swastika is particularly offensive and disrespectful toward the Jewish members of our community, but, in truth, it insults us all. The use of the swastika violates our values of respect, thoughtfulness, generosity, and goodwill. I will not stand idly by when this or other symbols of hate are used on this campus."

Rabbi Leah Cohen, Executive Director of the Slifka Center and Senior Jewish Chaplain, was qouted as saying that Monday night’s news came as a huge shock. Cohen said that she was comforted by the support of the Yale administration and that she was hopeful that this would be the last act of anti-Semitism on college campuses.

“Something as hateful as swastikas on campus — it’s not what Yale stands for, its values or its behaviors,” Cohen said.

Several Jewish students told the Yale Daily News that they found the act hateful, but it did not make them feel less safe on campus.

Meanwhile, a swastika was chemically burned into the lawn of a house in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, the Morning Journal website reported.

The house-owner told the police that his grass was dying, causing him to believe that weed killer was used to draw the swastika.

The journal said that the house-owner suspected a person who had yelled at to slow down while driving through the neighborhood.

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