Stanford University (Photo/File)
Stanford University (Photo/File)

Stanford hit by 17 cases of apparently anti-Semitic graffiti

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There have been 17 incidents of what appear to be anti-Semitic graffiti at various locations on the Stanford University campus since the end of 2016. The school’s department of public safety is investigating the matter.

Campus police said in a news release that no suspects have been identified in the incidents, in which symbols resembling swastikas — but with the arms inverted — have been scrawled on university property.

“Although the symbols were drawn facing the opposite direction from the Nazi swastika, it is believed the drawings are intended to connote anti-Semitism,” the Stanford University Department of Public Safety said.

Campus police also said they have received reports of an offensive flyer sent to several office printers around campus. The flyers, which contain hate speech and images of swastikas, appear to point to an overseas hacker who has sent such documents to many universities around the U.S. The flyers do not appear to be related to the graffiti on campus, police said.

“Despite this vandalism, Jewish life continues to thrive at Stanford, with a myriad of educational, social, and religious programs each week,” Rabbi Serena Eisenberg, executive director of Hillel at Stanford, said in a news release. “We so appreciate your support as we foster a secure and inclusive campus for Jewish students and for all students at Stanford.”