An unknown party or parties spray-painted swastikas on the front of a traditionally Jewish fraternity at Emory University early Sunday morning. It was just hours after the conclusion of Yom Kippur, one of the holiest days on the Jewish calendar.
Emory University’s chapter of the traditionally Jewish fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) became the “target of crude, offensive graffiti, including swastikas,” according to a statement from the president of the university. The incident occurred just after Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement.
Below is an image posted to Twitter by an Emory alumnus which shows swastikas spray-painted on the front of the building.
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Jim Wagner, president of Emory University, condemned the incident as an “abhorrent act” Sunday.
“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. Among the many pernicious things the swastika symbolizes, in the last century it represented the most egregious and determined undermining of intellectual freedom and truth-seeking.”
Emory University AEPi also released a statement thanking the university for its support and saying that they are working with campus leaders to ensure a similar incident does not happen again.
“We are working alongside Emory to ensure that intolerable acts of hate, such as this, will never occur again.
“We are thankful for the community around us that has shown tremendous support throughout this time.”
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