Swastikas at Stanford: ‘Hate Crimes’ Against Fraternity

Swastika at Stanford (Courtesy)

Stanford University president John Hennessy is condemning the vandalism of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house at the university, which was daubed with swastikas that were discovered on Sunday morning, the Stanford Review reports.

The campus is only the latest to be troubled by antisemitic vandalism, and the second in California recently. Three months ago, swastikas were discovered on a Jewish fraternity house at UC Davis, just after that campus voted to divest from Israel.

“I am deeply troubled by the act of vandalism, including symbols of hate, that has marred our campus. The university will not tolerate hate crimes and this incident will be fully investigated,” he said, in a statement reported by multiple outlets.

The attack at Stanford also comes in the wake of a divestment vote. Liana Kadisha, president of the Stanford Israel Association, told the Stanford Daily: “I don’t want to speculate to the cause of the vandalism, but after divestment, there has been a rise in hostility towards Jewish communities.”

The attack also occurred just weeks after a Jewish student filed a complaint alleging that she had been questioned about her faith during her campaign for a student government position.


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