Jewish students at the University at Buffalo in New York were threatened by anti-Semitic scrawls discovered on a wall in one of the men’s bathrooms on campus. The vandalism “threatened violence against Jewish people and used a derogatory slur,” according to the campus newspaper, The Spectrum.
In response, the university’s police force increased patrols near the Hillel of Buffalo as a precaution, and patrolled campus locations where students were celebrating Purim last week.
The university’s Deputy Police Chief Joshua Sticht called it was an “isolated” incident, according to The Spectrum, but students say anti-Semitism on the campus has happened before, albeit less severe.
“I”ve never seen any form of anti-Semitism like that before,” Jewish Student Union (JSU) president Andrew Meyer told The Spectrum, but noted “I’ve seen swastikas in the past.” However, he added, “that is nothing compared to this.”
Meyer said what was found on the wall is “the most horrific and derogatory term” used against Jews.
It has already been removed, and photos are not available to media.
The newspaper did not print the threats nor did it publish the photos that were sent to The Spectrum. The school’s maintenance staff and the students apparently did nothing about the vandalism for at least two weeks, according to the report, which cited grave concerns of apathy.
University at Buffalo spokesperson John Della Contrada said in a statement that racist and discriminatory conduct would not be tolerated.
“When acts motivated by hatred or discrimination occur, the university will respond promptly to protect the safety and well-being of the entire university community. Diversity, inclusion and mutual respect are strongly held values of our university. We are committed to upholding these values at all times.”
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