Jewish Fraternity Defaced By Anti-Semitic Graffiti

Students residing at the Jewish fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi were the target of “crude, offensive graffiti” according to Emory University.

Cynthia Blank ,

Swastika graffiti
Swastika graffiti
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The house of national Jewish fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi), at Atlanta's Emory University, was defaced by swastikas and other offensive graffiti spray-painted on the walls, Sunday morning - shortly after the end of Yom Kippur. 

A second set of spray-painted swastikas were found on a stone wall outside of the Kappa Alpha (KA) chapter house Monday morning, student newspaper, The Emory Wheel reported. The second set was also found by AEPi brothers. The Emory KA house is diagonally across the street from AEPi.

The university reported that campus police are investigating and have increased patrols. It has not yet been determined if this second set of anti-Semitic graffiti is new or part of the original incident. 

In his remarks in response to the initial discovery, Emory President, Jim Wagner, said, "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. In short, its appearance on our campus is an attack against everything for which Emory stands."

AEPi issued a statement on behalf of the fraternity calling this act of anti-Semitism an “insensitive display of prejudice.” They also thanked the Emory community for its support. 

The Emory Student Government Association requested students and faculty to wear blue on Monday in a show of solidarity with Emory’s Jewish community and to condemn this “reprehensible act of bigotry.”

These new incidents come only a month after swastikas were found on the 8th floor of the campus's Robert W. Woodruff Library.