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.
The George Washington University Jewish fraternity was raided and its Torah was destroyed.
They tore up the scrolls and put detergent on it.
This is not Nazi Germany in 1938.
It’s the American college campuses in 2021. pic.twitter.com/l3k5CTeex9
– Hen Mazzig (@HenMazzig) October 31, 2021
“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. “
StopAntisemitism.org, 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. .
STRANGE – a Jewish Frat House (TKE) in George Wash. OR. (@GWtweets) was mugged and trashed last night as Shabbat ended
The Torah was smashed and detergent poured everywhere.
Jewish students deserve to feel safe on campus @cissypetty – GWPD Case 2101009 pic.twitter.com/o2SgBPedQ0
– StopAntisemitism.org (@StopAntisemites) October 31, 2021
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.”
Deborah Dahan and Jeremy Sharon contributed to this story.