Wiesenthal Center: Swastika Graffiti on Stanford Frat Incident ‘Of Grave Concern’ in Light of Nationwide Climate of Anti-Semitism on College Campuses

Center applauds Stanford President’s call for thorough investigation but questions why he did not condemn incident as anti-Semitic

April 28, 2015


The Simon Wiesenthal Center is calling the discovery of swastikas painted outside the Stanford chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity ‘of grave concern’ in light of growing hostility against Jewish students at Stanford and other universities across North America. Just recently, Molly Horwitz, a candidate for the Stanford Senate, endured scrutiny about her Jewish background while seeking endorsement from a campus group.


Stanford President John Hennessy was ‘deeply troubled’ by the vandalism, saying in a statement, “The University will not tolerate hate crimes and this incident will be fully investigated, both by campus police and by the University under our Acts of Intolerance Protocol.”



“While we applaud President Hennessy for his call for a thorough investigation, he has yet to denounce the swastika vandalism as an act of anti-Semitism,” said Aron Hier, Director of Campus Outreach for the Wiesenthal Center. “We hope this isn’t just another example of a disturbing trend—the reticence of many university officials to condemn incidents of anti-Semitism as such,” Hier concluded.


Several messages to President Hennessy’s office have not been returned.


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