Vassar College Condemns Student Group for Posting Nazi Cartoon

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The president of Vassar College said this week that an anti-Israeli student group is under review for posting a Nazi cartoon online.

The cartoon posted by the pro-Palestinian "Students for Justice in Palestine" showed a 1944 German poster depicting a monster in a Jewish loincloth and a Ku Klux Klan mask holding a bag of money and an American flag as it tramples a European town. The cartoon, which was captioned “liberators,” has since been removed from the website.

On Wednesday, Vassar President Catherine Hill announced that SJP’s status as an approved student group is under review.

“The college is also investigating the SJP’s online posting as a bias incident under college regulations,” Hill said in a statement. “I also request that the SJP Vassar membership take responsibility for its actions and cease representing itself as an official Vassar group, pending these investigations. Vassar College is committed to free speech and academic freedom, but we condemn racist, hateful speech.”

Vassar SJP apologized Tuesday on its Tumblr account for lax social media oversight.

“We condemn any and all hate speech including any form of anti-Semitism and we are deeply sorry several offensive posts were made in SJP Vassar’s name,” the statement said.

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