October 20, 2019

Swastika Found At Yale Law School

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Anti-Semitic graffiti was found at Yale Law School on the evening of Oct. 5., the Yale Daily News school newspaper reports.

The graffiti featured a swastika with the word “Trump” spray-painted in white on the side on the steps of the law school’s side entrance. It has since been removed.

Yale Law School Dean Heather Gerken condemned the graffiti in an Oct. 7 statement.

“Yale Law School has zero tolerance for discrimination or harassment of any kind, and symbols of hate have no place on our campus or in our society,” Gerken said. “We take an incident like this extremely seriously and are currently investigating.”

She added that there was no evidence that the graffiti came from someone in the Yale community.

Yale Friends of Israel also condemned the graffiti in an Oct. 7 Facebook post.

“On the eve of Yom Kippur, it is especially difficult for us to grapple with anti-Semitism,” the post stated. “Rather than focusing on the particular incident, we would like to invite you all to partake in an ongoing discussion on the condemning of anti-Semitism and all other manifestations of hatred in our communities.”

Jewish Chaplain at Yale Rabbi Jason Rubenstein said in an email to community members that the police don’t think the graffiti is part of a larger anti-Semitic effort. He added that the fact that the university views “this as an attack not just on Yale’s Jewish community, but on Yale itself and its values, which is some of the most powerful consolation we can receive as we figure out what this mean[s] for our community.”