George Washington University Jewish Fraternity Vandalized

Unknown perpetrators broke in and tore apart the Jewish Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity at George Washington University (GW) in Washington, DC, this weekend, according to a statement posted by the fraternity on Instagram Sunday. The vandals broke a Torah, covered it with detergent, and poured hot sauce all over the house.

“Our entire chapter is outraged and saddened by this blatant act of anti-Semitism and violence,” the statement read. “We are cooperating with university officials and the ADL.”

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The news was greeted with a torrent of anger and sadness from the Jewish community.

Hen Mazzig, an Israeli writer and activist who is a principal investigator at the Tel Aviv Institute, posted images of the aftermath on Twitter. “This is not Nazi Germany in 1938. This is American college campuses in 2021,” he wrote.

University Yard, George Washington University (2012) (credit: Another Believer / CC BY-SA 3.0 WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)

“As a recent GW alumnus, I am very upset by these reports of an anti-Semitic hate crime and saddened to see that the prevalence of anti-Semitism on campus continues to reflect a pattern of the student body,” said Noah Shufutinsky, a rapper and producer who also works for the Tel Aviv Institute.

“It is important to be united as a strong Jewish community at this time, and as a founding father in Greek life, I urge all my peers to oppose this anti-Jewish bigotry, not just with words, but by taking steps to address this problem that he has constantly raised his head in my Alma mater. “, a US-based anti-Semitism watchdog group, called the act “STRANGE” on Twitter, adding that “Jewish students deserve to feel safe on campus” and tagged the Vice President of Student Affairs and GW Dean of Students, Dr. Cissy Petty. .

Petty responded to the tweet: “Horrible. GWPD will investigate. I know this has scared and hurt many in our community. I am angry and saddened by this disgusting and self-centered act.”

This was not the first hateful act committed against Jews at the university. Last year, someone drew a Hitler swastika and mustache on photographs of then-President Donald Trump and then-Vice President Mike Pence and taped them to the bedroom door of a Jewish student.
Jewish students at universities in the United States have become increasingly concerned about anti-Semitism on campus, leading many to hide their Jewish identity out of fear for their safety. About 43% have personally experienced anti-Semitism or witnessed anti-Semitic activities on campus, and 15% felt the need to hide their Jewish identity, according to a study by the Anti-Defamation League and Hillel International.

Deborah Dahan and Jeremy Sharon contributed to this story.

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